Richard Popplewell

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Richard Popplewell LVO (18 October 1935 - 22 March 2016) was an English organist and composer who served at the Chapel Royal.[1]


He was born in Halifax, Yorkshire on 18 October 1935. He was educated at Clifton College.

He studied music at the Royal College of Music, and was organ scholar at King's College, Cambridge.

He was professor of Organ at the Royal College of Music.

He was appointed MVO in 1990 and promoted to LVO in 2000.


Choral Works[edit]

  • There Is No Rose
  • Two Final Amens
  • O How Amiable are thy dwellings
  • A Vast Cloud of Love
  • I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes unto the Lord

Organ Works[edit]

  • Suite for Organ
  • Puck's Shadow
  • Variations on a New Year's Carol
  • Easter Hymn
  • Chants d'oiseaux, des poules, des moutons et des vaches
  • Elegy
  • Organ Concerto in D
  • Prelude on the Hymn Down Ampney
  • Romance
  • Triumphal March
  • Te Deum in C
  • Six Pieces
  • Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in D Flat
  • A Feast of Fugues
  • An Organ Concerto in F


Assistant organist at

Organist of:

Cultural offices
Preceded by
Harold Darke
Organist of St Michael, Cornhill
Succeeded by
Jonathan Rennert
Preceded by
Timothy Farrell
Organist and Master of the Children of the Chapel Royal
Succeeded by
Andrew Gant


  1. ^ The Succession of Organists. Watkins Shaw.
  2. ^ London City Churches. Leigh Hatts