Poppy Ackroyd is a composer from London, currently based in Brighton. Classically trained on violin and piano, she makes music by manipulating and multi-tracking sounds from these two instruments.
Her debut album ‘Escapement’ was released in December 2012 and a DVD – ‘Escapement Visualised’ – featuring bespoke visuals by Tom Newell (Lumen) for each track on the album, was released in September 2014.
‘Feathers’, her second album, followed in November 2014, and builds on the concept behind her debut, with most of the sounds again coming from the violin and the piano, however this time the tracks also feature other keyboard and string instruments – including harpsichords, clavichords, harmoniums, pianinos and cello.
In 2017 she signed to Bjork’s label One Little Independent and released a mini album ‘Sketches’ in August. ‘Sketches’ is an acoustic solo piano album comprising of 10 tracks. Six of these are reworkings of tracks from ‘Escapement’ and ‘Feathers’, the other four are arrangements of new tracks from the then forthcoming album ‘Resolve’.
Resolve was released in February 2018. Again largely piano and violin based, it more heavily featured guest instrumentalists for the first time – Manu Delago on hang, Mike Lesirge on flute and clarinets and Jo Quail on cello. ‘Resolve Reimagined’ followed in 2019 featuring remixes from Max Cooper, Hidden Orchestra, Hauschka and others.
In 2020 Poppy released her first sheet music book featuring the tracks from the solo piano album ‘Sketches’.
Her latest album Pause – a collection of 10 solo piano pieces – was released on 12th November 2021.
Poppy and filmmaker Ainslie Henderson won a ‘Best Animation’ BAFTA for their collaboration ‘Stems’. A project with acclaimed director Jola Kudela became a short film for single ‘Trains’ which won 12 awards, including the Gold Movie Awards and South London Shorts. Most recently her music has been used by the New York City Ballet. Poppy is a member of Joe Acheson’s live project Hidden Orchestra and has worked on numerous projects with other musicians, artists, filmmakers, animators, dancers and actors.