Poppy Holden
Solo singing


In the 1970s, the soprano Poppy Holden was a vital – not to say unique – part of Europe’s musical avant-garde. Singing for the likes of György Ligeti and Bruno Maderna, she could hit notes just below a dog whistle. Oliver Knussen composed his second symphony for her voice, but after the first performances in 1970 and 71, was obliged to rewrite it: no one else could sing that high. She then spent some happy years singing baroque and medieval music with groups such as the Consort of Musicke and the Tallis Scholars. These days, based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Poppy Holden teaches singing, and writes and lectures about Border Ballads: that genre of dark, sad, mysterious songs from just north of the Scottish/English border

“With her absolute precision of pitch and huge range, Poppy Holden is a truly outstanding artist”– Glasgow Herald.
“When she graduated from the Royal College of Music, the soprano Poppy Holden was a vital – not to say unique – part of Europe’s musical avant-garde. Singing for the likes of György Ligeti and Bruno Maderna, she could hit notes just below a dog whistle. Oliver Knussen composed his second symphony for her voice, but after the first
performances he was obliged to rewrite it: no one else could sing that high. She then turned to baroque music, and sang with the best early-music groups. These days, based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Poppy Holden teaches singing, walks the Northumbrian countryside and writes and lectures about Border Ballads: that genre of dark, sad, mysterious songs from just north of the Scottish/English border.” – Andy Ford, ABC Radio, Sydney.

Further information about Poppy Holden can be found at:

http://www.poppyholden.com

About The Class

Improve the beauty, flexibility, range and strength of your voice with simple, enjoyable practice.

Suggested Repertoire

Bring the repertoire you are currently working on. We will devise exercises during the week to suit your needs.

Level Of Skills Required

Advanced and professionals

Maximum number of students

10

Teaching Languages

English

Active Participants – Solo singing