The death has been reported from his home in France of the former conductor of the BBC Singers, John Poole. He was 85.
A vigorous champion of new music, Poole became conductor of the BBC Symphony Chorus in 1968 and led his first Prom five years later. From 1972 to 1989 his title was director of the BBC Singers, which he made into one of the UK’s best choruses.From 1990 to 1995, he ws head of the Groupe Vocal de France, specialising in contemporary music. In 2001, he joined the conducting staff of the School of Music at the University of Indiana in Bloomington.