Geoffrey Poole
Feb 09 , 1949 - Present

Geoffrey Poole has garnered considerable admiration in the reception of the many imaginative soundworlds explored in his music, with each piece discovering a world to itself in stark contrast to its neighbours. Born in 1949 in Ipswich and growing up in outer London, he won a scholarship to Forest School and took a BA at UEA, where inspiration from Britten vied with that of newly-rediscovered medieval music. Both influences may be felt in Wymondham Chants (1971), which immediately became and remains a King’s Singers repertoire classic. Tuition from Alexander Goehr and Jonathan Harvey followed, opening the doors of modernism, and from 1975 to 2009 Poole’s inspirational teaching brought academic posts at Leeds, Manchester, Princeton and (as Professor) Bristol Universities. If this sounds like a dangerously official career path for an artist, one should factor in his life in a caravan, labouring, car delivery, freelance journalism, computer programming and two years working in Kenya.

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Geoffrey Poole has garnered considerable admiration in the reception of the many imaginative soundworlds explored in his music, with each piece discovering a world to itself in stark contrast to its neighbours. Born in 1949 in Ipswich and growing up in outer London, he won a scholarship to Forest School and took a BA at UEA, where inspiration from Britten vied with that of newly-rediscovered medieval music. Both influences may be felt in Wymondham Chants (1971), which immediately became and remains a King’s Singers repertoire classic. Tuition from Alexander Goehr and Jonathan Harvey followed, opening the doors of modernism, and from 1975 to 2009 Poole’s inspirational teaching brought academic posts at Leeds, Manchester, Princeton and (as Professor) Bristol Universities. If this sounds like a dangerously official career path for an artist, one should factor in his life in a caravan, labouring, car delivery, freelance journalism, computer programming and two years working in Kenya.

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