Pople's musicality did not go unnoticed. At 23 Menuhin hand-picked him for the Menuhin Festival Orchestra to be his solo principal cellist, where his ability was given free expression touring the world. It was during one of these tours that he introduced the music of George Benjamin to the Carnegie Hall audience. His chamber-music partners at the time included Clifford Curzon, Yehudi and Hepzibah Menuhin, Louis Kentner and George Malcolm.
At 26 Pople was invited by Sir Colin Davis and Pierre Boulez to be principal cellist of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the youngest ever in the history of the orchestra. He worked with Boulez, Penderecki, Lutoslawski, Solti, Bernstein, Pritchard, Rozhdestvensky, Svetlanov, Sir Colin Davis, Maazel, Haitink and Ozawa.
|Capriccioso: Allegretto simplice – Allegro vivacissimo – Tempo I|
|Feuillet d'album: Allegretto simplice|
|Nocturne: Andante sentimentale|
|Rêverie du soir: Andante espressivo|
|Scherzo humoristique: Allegro vivacissimo|
|Six morceaux, Op 19 (Tchaikovsky)|
|The Last sleep of the Virgin, from Vierge (Massenet)|
|Thème original et variations: Andante non tanto – Variations 1-12|