Short Biography (Baroque cello) 

Poppy 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, Oslo Baroque 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 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).

Alexander Technique lessons

At Glyndebourne
At Glyndebourne

I qualified as an Alexander teacher in 2012 with Ilana Machover, and am a teaching member of STAT, the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique. I am an assistant teacher at the Royal College of Music and Arts Ed Drama School, and have assisted both group classes and individual lessons at the Royal Academy of Music.

For a description of the Alexander Technique, and how it can be applied to find greater ease and freedom in all spheres of life, see This video also gives an excellent insight into the value and benefits of Alexander’s work in education, for musicians, and in all aspects of life:

I teach from my home in Highbury, in north-east London. I am willing to travel to teach at your home or other venue.

I also teach in Sevenoaks Neal’s Yard. Please contact me by email to book, or telephone Neal’s Yard directly on 01732 456402.

I give one-to-one lessons, which involve hands-on contact and verbal guidance: exploring simple activities, lying-down work, and for performers looking at our use and reactions whilst playing, singing or speaking. I am also available to teach small group lessons or introductory classes for larger groups.

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Deutsch: CV

Poppy Walshaw konzertiert als Solistin, Continuo – Cellistin und als Kammermusikerin. Sie spielt regelmäßig mit führenden Alte Musik Ensembles, wie English Baroque Soloists, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, The English Concert, Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment und Arcangelo. Als Konzertsolistin trat Poppy mit Arte dei Suonatori, Fiori Musicali, den International Baroque Players und mit La Serenissima bei vielen Festivals auf. Sie ist feste Solo- und Continuo-Cellistin bei mehreren Orchestern in Europa: Oslo Baroque Orchestra, Europäisches Barockorchester Le Chardon (Deutschland), Arte dei Suonatori (Polen) und Fiori Musicali (GB). Sie hat mehrfach als Continuo – Cellistin bei den English Baroque Soloists (Sir John Eliot Gardiner), u.a. in New York und beim HRH Prince of Wales gespielt, ebenso wie bei The English Concert, dem Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, dem St James’ Baroque, der Early Opera Company, Les Ambassadeurs, der Classical Opera Company und dem EUBO. Sie erhielt ein Stipendium im Fach Continuo an der Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London bei Alison McGillivray und Louise Hopkins. Nach dem Studium der Musik und der Naturwissenschaften an der Cambridge University, studierte sie Violoncello bei Alexander Baillie an der Hochschule für Künste in Bremen und schloss ihre Ausbildung mit der höchst möglichen Auszeichnung ab. Poppy Walshaw ist Mitglied des Fortepiano-Trios „The Music Collection” (Simon Standage und Susan Alexander-Max), mit dem sie kürzlich für das Label Chandos Schuberts Forellenquintett aufnahm. Verschiedene CDs, u.a. mit dem Collegium Musicum 90, The English Concert, der Early Opera Company, dem Europäischen Barockorchester Le Chardon, und dem Gabrieli Consort and Players, sowie mit Arte dei Suonatori belegen ihr Schaffen als eine der führenden Interpretinnen im Bereich der historischen Aufführungspraxis in ganz Europa.