Composer, musician and record producer Poppy’s early musical life included playing bass guitar in an improvising rock band, playing Bartok and Debussy on the piano and making music concrete (a form of electroacoustic music) with his father’s tape recorder.
In the early 1980’s he was an accompanist at the Laban Centre for Dance and pianist and composer with The Lost Jockey, a large ensemble dedicated to the performance of new works by minimalist British composers who were influenced by the styles of Philip Glass, Steve Reich, and Louis Andriessen.
Since then, his unusual body of work constantly explores different musical contexts. There are scores for theatre, film & video, contemporary dance and art installation; writing collaborations and arrangement for industrial rock and synth pop artist including Psych TV, Erasure, Nitzer Ebb, Claudia Brucken and Bernardo Devlin.
A wide range of ensembles have commissioned and/or performed his works at prestigious musical festivals including Noszferatu Ensemble and the Graham Fitkin Band. Poppy now teaches composition at Trinity College of Music in Greenwich, London.