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Oliver Pooley (Percussion, Timpani, Timpani Baroque) Profile

Orchestral bookings (since joining Morgensterns in June 2015)

  • Orchestras: Amadeus Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Orchestras (Opera/Ballet): British Youth Opera, English Touring Opera.
  • Chamber Orchestras: Brandenburg Sinfonia, Orpheus Sinfonia, Southbank Sinfonia.
  • Shows: Mary Poppins.

Oliver's orchestral work also includes

  • Royal Liverpool Philharmonia Orchestra Principal Percussion no.3 trial
  • CBSO - on trial
  • Amadeus Orchestra
  • Chelsea Opera Group
  • Halle Orchestra
  • Howard Goodall Orchestra
  • Mozart Symphony Orchestra
  • Multi-Story Orchestra
  • Orpheus Sinfonia
  • Southbank Sinfonia
  • Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra

Oliver's Orchestral Training Includes:

  • Royal Academy of Music Ensembles (section principal in all): Symphony Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, Opera Orchestra, Soloists' Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra. (2011-2015)
  • Britten-Pears Young Artist Scheme (section principal) (2014)
  • London Symphony Orchestra, St. Luke's Academy (2009 & 2013)
  • National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (2009-2011)
  • Halle Youth Orchestra (2007-2009)

Oliver's Studio/Recording/TV/Radio Experience Includes

  • World's first authentic recording of Berlioz' Grande Messe des Morts, Gabrieli Consort (2010).
  • Professional recording sessions for Howard Goodall Orchestra, Royal Academy of Music, London Sinfonietta (side-by-side project) and CBSO.
  • 3 Televised BBC Proms with National Youth Orchestra (BBC2 & BBC Radio 3)
  • BBC Young Musician of the Year 2010 - Extensive filming for 10 minute VT prior to televised 20 minute recital

Oliver Pooley is a freelance percussionist, based in London. With musical tastes as diverse as his instrumental talents, he has performed at the highest level in numerous musical settings.

A keen orchestral musician, he has performed with a number of professional orchestras, and is currently on trial with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. He took up the position of Principal Timpanist of the Britten-Pears Orchestra for the duration of 2014, and was also twice a participant on the prestigious LSO St Luke's Academy. He maintains a busy freelancing schedule around the UK, and has performed with ensembles such as the Multi-Story Orchestra, Howard Goodall Orchestra, and Orpheus Sinfonia, amongst others.

As a chamber musician, Oliver is the regular percussionist in Ensemble x.y, specialising in contemporary music, and has also performed with worldwide soloist Colin Currie at the Southbank Centre. Also comfortable as a soloist, he has given concerto performances at the RNCM, as well as recitals in prestigious venues around the country. Having played drum kit from an early age, Oliver is now performing professionally on the West End, in shows such as Legally Blonde and Sweeney Todd.

Away from performing, Oliver is very passionate about education, and holds down a number of teaching positions with Hertfordshire Music Service and Surrey County Council.


Graduate studies

  • Royal Academy of Music (BMus, (Hons) in Performance with an Upper Second Class Degree - plus Full Scholarship and Leverhulme Scholarship), 2011-2015

Schools attended

  • Chetham's School of Music, 2009-2015
  • Manchester Grammar School, 2003-2009

Oliver joined Morgensterns in June 2015

Oliver's web profile was last updated 29th May 2017


Oliver Pooley (Percussion, Timpani, Timpani Baroque) Profile

Teaching experience

Oliver's Teaching Experience Includes:

  • Watford Music School - Drums/Percussion teacher and percussion ensemble leader (starting September 2015)
  • Surrey Arts and Surrey County Counil - percussion teacher
  • Southwark Inclusive Learning Service - peripatetic drum teacher
  • Centre for Young Musicians (CYM) - dep peripatetic drum/percussion teacher and percussion ensemble leader
  • Chetham's School of Music - workshops and group classes as part of the school's extensive outreach programme
  • Private teacher - all standard and ages ranging from 4-30
  • 100% success rate in students' examinations
  • Experience with children with learning disabilities, speech impediments and partial deafness

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