A delightful recital of English Song was given on Saturday at the Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, Havant by baritone Alex Poulton and pianist Peter Rhodes.
The recital was presented by the Southern Branch of the Elgar Society, who run regular events at this venue.
Alex is a fine baritone and a great communicator; all his songs were not merely sung but performed. Body gestures and facial expressions contributed to the delivery, especially in the comic pieces.
It was with considerable pleasure that I attended a concert at Sidholme Music Room on Sunday 25th November. ‘A treasury of song and solo piano’ was presented by Alex Poulton – baritone and Valentina Seferinvoa – piano by invitation of the Friends of Sidholme.
A capacity audience enjoyed a most imaginatively constructed programme reflecting compositions conceived in or around the First World War. Singing with absolutely assuredness and beautiful tone, Alex was exquisitely accompanied by Valentina. This was truly an exceptional concert delivered to a high professional standard which enthralled the audience throughout.
What a fantastic concert! Performers programme and location combined to make it a most memorable afternoon.
An unusual and highly professional presentation was given to a very enthusiastic audience in the Sidholme Music Room on Sunday afternoon. Both have distinguished performance careers. The programme started with a beautifully crafted set of three Schubert songs which enabled the audience to hear the range of Alex’s fine voice.
Mozart Opera was next; and Alex showed his natural acting ability and grasp of the music as he sang two of Papageno’s amusing songs, using the whole space of the room. His diction in German was outstanding. ….The final songs by Ivor Novello and Noel Coward presented again with panache and humour.
Angela Bea – Sidmouth Herald – May 4th, 2018
The Elgar House
“….The well-chosen songs provided very good variety and demonstrated the artistic abilities of both singer and accompanist. Alex’s range of dynamics, vocal production, intonation ,splendid diction and suitably dramatic presentation showed each song in its best light, all enhanced by the sensitive and lovely playing of Simon Watterton. We could not have asked for a finer introduction for our members to live music-making at our monthly meetings.”
Elgar Society Journal – David Parkes – 14th October 2017
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.
Evening Standard – Geoffrey Porter – 27th May 2017
An Afternoon of Schubert
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!
Sidmouth Herald – Angela Bea – 17th February 2017
“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
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
Alexander’s Winterreise opened my eyes (as well as my ears) to the style, henceforth, for Schubertiades. was utterly engaging an enjoyable; bravissimi.
Ian Caddy – 24th September 2014
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.
The Arthur Bliss Society Journal – David Wilby – 23rd June 2015
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 a truly memorable occasion.
Jane Ingamells – 24th September 2014