Poppy Walshaw read Music and Natural Sciences at Cambridge University then studied with Alexander Baillie in Bremen, Germany, gaining her postgraduate diploma with the highest possible mark. She was subsequently a Continuo Scholar at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Alison McGillivray and Louise Hopkins.
She now works throughout Europe, particularly with the English Baroque Soloists, Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and Arte dei Suonatori. She has performed as continuo cellist of the English Baroque Soloists for Sir John Eliot Gardiner on several occasions, including at the Metropolitan Museum in New York and to HRH Prince Charles, the latter with the Monteverdi Choir and also performing a solo sonata.
Poppy is in demand as a soloist, with recent and forthcoming recitals in Holland and Germany. Solo concerto performances this year have included at St John’s Smith Square and The Foundling Museum in London, touring Poland with Arte dei Suonatori, and at several festivals with Fiori Musicali, playing Monn, CPE Bach, Leo and Vivaldi. She regularly plays chamber music with renowned violinist Simon Standage as the cellist of Fortepiano trio The Music Collection and for CDs including of Haydn flute trios and Schubert Trout Quintet (Chandos).
“…what made the performances special was that the players gave us a real sense of chamber music, with a fine interaction between all four of them with each line involving in its own way yet part of a satisfying whole.”