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POOLE, Geoffrey (b. 1949)
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He is a contemporary classical composer with a broad outlook, meaning that he often finds inspiration in high folk traditions from Europe, Africa and Asia. He has lived and worked in Nairobi (1985-7), in the USA as Visiting Fellow in Composition at Princeton (1997-8), and worked with traditional musicians in South Korea (2008) and The Gambia (2009).

Some of his better known music :

- String quartets commissioned by The Lindsays, 

  1. -Orchestral music live or broadcast by the Halle, RLPO, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, BBCSO, New Bristol Sinfonia and others, 

- Choral music broadcast by The King's Singers, the Tavener Consort, and the BBC Singers, and new work for New York Polyphony.

- Wind Orchestra music such as the Sheherazade-style voyage Sailing With Archangels for RNCM Wind Orchestra

- Some very unusual concertos: Two-Way Talking for Ghanean Drummer and 5 ensembles, Swans Reflecting Elephants for Javanese Gamelan and chamber orchestra, and Lucifer for piano and 21 loud instruments. 

- Several works for children, including the widely played recorder pieces Skally Skarekrow's Whistling Book, and Look Behind You!, and for amateur choir (YouTube features a Bristol performance ofImerina). 

- His darkly humorous song, Heynonnynonny smallprint was sung at the Grammy Awards of The NMC Songbook, and broadcast in a Christmas show on Radio 4.  

Wearing other hats, Geoff has served on many public bodies including North West Arts Board, BBC Reading Panels, SPNM Reading Panels and Board of Directors, and ISCM Board of Directors. He currently serves on the Performer and Composer Committee of the ISM.

Geoff took early retirement from his post as Professor of Composition and Head of Music at Bristol University in 2009, and now lives in the Cotswolds near Stroud.  

His music is published by Edition Peters, and is represented by several CD labels including BMG, NMC (4 works), Divine Art (4), Prima Facie (5), RCA, ASC, and others.  

Geoff has renewed his skills as a pianist and conductor, as seen in the Poole/Skempton Elektrostatic showcase (Colston Hall February 2011), and the recording of piano music secretly written as a tribute by 20 of his past pupils.

An extended article by Deniz Ertan on the music and musical philosophy of Geoffrey Poole at 60 is published in Tempo 249 (Summer 2009)