Reviews

A Unique Aural and Visual Experience.

The superb performances of Debussy and Satie by Alex Poulton and Peter Rhodes at Stansted House were supplemented by film and slides, which gave the appreciative audience an extra dimension on the settings of the songs and the lives of the composers.

An authentic French accent and rich baritone was added to by Alex’s costume and properties.

The accompaniments and solos by Peter Rhodes supported and illuminated his account of Satie’s life, illustrated by an interesting set of slides.

Altogether a fascinating and memorable evening presented in a relaxed and friendly manner by two talented musicians.

 

Geoffrey Porter – Evening Stansted – 27th May 2017

 

The Music Room at Sidholme was packed on Sunday afternoon for a delightful concert of Schubert Songs. The performances, all by Alex Poulton’s senior vocal student’s gave for a rich and varied afternoon. It was lovely to hear a group of students so committed and well trained by their teacher!

Angela Bea – Sidmouth Herald – 17th February 2017

 

You’re a magnificent teacher to do all this for your pupils.

Kevin Hurst (Clarinet) – 11th February 2017

 

‘Alex Poulton’s talk was well received. He has the knack of making it interesting without overdoing the technical stuff.’

Havant Symphony Orchestra – Pat Thompson – 3rd December 2016

 

Studying with Alex has unlocked my vocal potential. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience in how to sing and he expertly passes on that information to pupils. Alex’s attention to detail has enabled me to greatly improve my vocal technique and he has helped me to develop a richer tone quality. I now have the confidence to tackle demanding repertoire including opera and Lieder.

Alex’s mastery of foreign languages has been invaluable when teaching me repertoire in Italian, German and French. He has given me the self-belief required to enter for advanced level singing exams and I was thrilled to pass the DipABRSM with Distinction.

Catherine O’leary – 2nd November 2016

 

“For Queen and Country”

But special mention goes to baritone soloist Alex Poulton. Making his debut with this orchestra in Gerald Finzi’s song cycle for baritone and strings, Let Us Garlands Bring, it’s not hard to see why Poulton has become so well-established in opera and recital. He achieved a real sense of intimacy with both audience and orchestra in his vivid communication of five settings from plays by Shakespeare.

In a sophisticated performance, Poulton shifted from the intensity of meditation and deep refection to a real sense of jubilation and happiness.

Lara Jeliff – Portsmouth Evening News – 13th October 2016

 

Lovely concert on 9th October 2016, entitled “For Queen and Country” by Solent Symphony Orchestra, celebrating Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday Year and the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

What a delightful programme choice! However, for me the real gem of the night was ‘Let us Garlands Bring’ by Finzi, performed to a high standard by the baritone soloist Alex Poulton.

Never dull, Alex’s sonorous and warm voice projected beautifully, creating a nicely balanced rendition of the score. Having heard the song cycle previously performed in its original version for voice & piano, this later orchestral accompaniment version was a great discovery for me. This excellent performance made me think that we should hear this song cycle more often on the concert stage.

Real treat!

Valentina Seferinova – 9th October 2016

 

An illuminating selection of Tchaikowsky compositions for an intimate setting was presented in Buriton church last Sunday afternoon by Piers Burton-Page. Piano, cello and violin solos works were juxtaposed with Tchaikowsky songs which ranged from the popular to the lesser known. Alex Poulton’s warm baritone was particularly suited to these delightful settings which he performed stylishly in French, German and Russian.

Diana Swann – Portsmouth Music Club – 25th September 2015

 

Alexander dramatically conveyed the full range of emotions expressed in Schubert’s Winterreise … an appreciative audience gave them enthusiastic applause for this memorable and hugely enjoyable performance.

Peter Dawson – Sidmouth Midweek Herald – 29th April 2015

 

Portsmouth Choral Union … Portsmouth Cathedral…baritone Alexander Poulton rightly refused to overload the emotion in three Finzi settings – most effectively in Thomas Hardy’s poignant To Lizbie Browne.

Mike Allen – Portsmouth Evening News – 7th March 2015

 

The excellent baritone soloist, Alexander Poulton, lent a suitable operatic drama to the Day of Judgment section … in Duruflé’s haunting Requiem.

Mike Allen – Portsmouth Evening News – 15th November 2014

 

… performance of Die Schöne Müllerin… have never heard a performance that charted the journey from wide-eyed innocence via bitterness through to acceptance and peace as clearly as yours.

Diana Swann – Portsmouth Music Club – 14th October 2014

 

Your Winterreise was utterly engaging an enjoyable; bravissimi.

24th September 2014 – Ian Caddy

 

Alex Poulton has a remarkable voice and a superb technique to boot, a combination which enabled him to make this performance of Schubert’s masterpiece Winterreise a truly memorable occasion.

24th September 2014 – Jane Ingamells

 

Bliss’s song cycle, seven American Poems, was the centrepiece of a recital at Dumbleton Hall….the performance had a depth of understanding and commitment that went well beyond a mere rendering of notes from the page.

23rd June 2015 – The Arthur Bliss Society – Terry Barfoot