Sidmouth Vocal Practice

Established: 2007

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         Remembrance Recital Review

“My subject is war and the pity of war”.

This could well have been the title of the recital given at the Unitarian Church on Friday evening performed by pupils of Alex Poulton and devised by him.

Dominic Rousseau, Miriam Brown, Harry Long,  Kay Wood, Tam Jackson, Elizabeth West, Liz Halls, Lyn Ferrand, Carly Renshaw, Miriam Brown, Lucinda Williams, Ann Gearty, Anita Cotterall, Robert Crick and Dermot Gooding gave polished and convincing performances of songs associated with war interspersed were letters from serving soldiers movingly read by Mike Ferrand. The pianist Dorothy Worthington accompanied them admirably.

It was an atmospheric and enjoyable evening despite a sombre message.

Pat Bennett, Pianist, Birmingham Conservatoire

An Evening of Purcell



Venue: The Leigh Brown Room, Sidmouth


An Evening of Jazz, Cabaret & Musical Theatre



Venue: The Leigh Brown Room, Sidmouth 


An Evening of Disney Songs



Venue: The Leigh Brown Room, Sidmouth 


Walk & Recital on Trees

In Association with Sidmouth Arborem 

Friday  27th July 2018


Venue: The Unitarian Chapel


23rd September

Cabaret Evening



11th november





Recital of Female Composers to Celebrate :

Representation of the People Act 1918

Saturday 16th December 2018


Venue: The Unitarian Chapel 



Reserve List:

Vicky Wyant

Heather Cook

Helen Gibson West

Louise Peel

Charlie Ferrand


Paul Butler





Saturday 14th April

16:00 – 17:00 Kay Wood

17:00 – 17:30 Imogen

17:30 – 18:30  Joel Stephano

Sunday 15th April

10:30 – 11:00 Mark Rose

12:00 – 12:30 Molly


14:30 – 15:30 Val Pidgeon


16:00 – 16:30 Ellie Puddicombe

16:30 -17:00 Miriam

17:00 -18:30 Anita Cotterall

18:30 – 19:30 Ari Ramruttun

19:30 – 20:30 Dominic Rousseau

Sunday 22nd April


Saturday 28th April

15:00 – 18:00 only

15:00 – 16:00 Doreen Blackburn

16:00 – 17:00 kay wood

17:00 – 17:30 Imogen

18:00 – 19:30 Anita Cotterall

Sunday 29th April

15:30 French Recital: Sidholme

18:30 – 20:00 only


Saturday 5th May

15:00 – 16:00 Doreen Blackburn

16:00 – 17:00 kay wood

17:00 – 18:00 Val Pidgeon

18:00 – 19:30 Anita Cotterall

Sunday 6th May

10:30 – 11:00 Mark Rose

11:00 – 11:30  Imogen

11:30 – 12:30 Lucinda

12:30 – 13:30 Dominic

13:30 – 14:00 Miriam Brown

14:30 – 15:00 Mike Ferrand

16:00 – 16:45 Lyn Ferrand


Saturday 14th May

18:00 – 19:00 kay wood

Sunday 13th May

10:25 – 10:55  Imogen (c)

10:55 – 11:25 Ellie Puddicombe

11:25 – 11:55 Carly Renshaw

12:00 – 13:00 Daisy

13:00 – 13:30 Molly Morton


14:00 – 14:30 Candice Reid

14:30 – 15:00 Mike Ferrand

15:00 – 16:00 Dermot Gooding

16:00 – 16:30 Miriam brown


17:30 – 18:00 Anna Drew

18:00 – 19:30 Anita Cotterall


Sunday 20th May

10:30 – 11:00 Mark rose

11:00 – 11:30 Imogen

11:30 – 12:45 Lyn Ferrand

12:45 – 13:15 Miriam Brown

13:15 – 14:15 Val Pidgeon


17:00 – 17:30 Candice Reid

17:30 – 18:00  anna drew


Saturday 2nd June

18:00 – 18:30 Candice

18:30 – 19:00 Carly

19:00 – 20:00 Evie (c)


Sunday 3rd June 

10:00 – 10:30 Molly

10:30 – 11:00 Mark Rose

11:00 – 11:30 Ellie Puddicombe

11:30 – 12:00 Imogen

12:00 – 12:30 Mike Ferrand

12:30 – 13:30 Dermot Gooding


14:30 – 15:00 Miriam

15:00 – 16:00 Doreen Blackburn

16:00 – 17:00 kay wood

17:00 – 18:00 Ariana

18:00 – 19:30 Anita Cotterall

19:30 – 20:00 Debbie H


Sunday 10th June

10:00 – 10:30 Miriam Brown

10:30 – 11:00 mark

11:00 – 11:30 molly

11:30 – 12:00 June

12:00 – 12:30 Georgia

13:00 – 13:30 anna drew


14:00 – 15:00 Val

15:00 – 16:00 Doreen

16:00 – 17:00 Kay Wood

17:00 – 18:00 Ari

18:00 – 19:30 Anita Cotterall

20:00 – 21:00 Evie Horne


Saturday 16th June

15:00 – 16:00 Anita Cotterall

16:00 – 17:00 Doreen

18:00 – 19:00 Ari

Sunday 17th June

10:00 – 11:00 Evie Horne

11:00 – 12:00 Dermot

12:00 – 13:15 Lyn Ferrand


14:00 – 14:30 Eve

14:30 – 15:00

15:00 – 15:30 Imogen

15:30 – 16:00 Miriam Brown

16:00 – 17:00 Kay Wood

18:00 – 19:00 Dominic


Sunday 8th July




10:30 – 11:00 mark rose

11:00 – 11:30 Anna drew

11:30 – 12:00 Candice Reid

13:45 – 14:15 Babs

15:00 – 16:00 Kay Wood

16:00 – 17:00 Val Pidgeon

17:00 – 18:00 ari

Saturday 14th July

18:00 – 19:00 Kay Wood

Thursday 26th July 

18:00 – 19:00 Kay Wood

Friday 27th July

Saturday 28th July


 Resident Accompanist

Dorothy WorthingtonDorothy Worthington
Dorothy studied with Gordon Green at the Royal Northern college of music and graduated with a performers diploma and a special qualification for school music. She was head of music at Cullompton School and St. Margaret’s School, Exeter, where the girl’s choir received national recognition. She worked at Exeter school with advanced piano students and is now a freelance accompanist and musical director enjoying production work with Credition Operatic Society, Centre Stage Exmouth, Sidmouth Arts Club Operatic Society and Sidmouth Choral Society.


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Olivia Middleton (10 Years Old, Lessons since 2011) 

” Alex has a special way with teaching his students and bringing out the very best in their vocal ability and performance. Olivia’s confidence and ability has improved dramatically and she is managing very well with achieving her Singing Grades under Alex’s guidance and tuition.”

Liz Halls (Lessons since 2013) 

I have been taking singing lessons with Alex for a couple of years now and he is unfailingly good humoured, patient, encouraging and supportive.  He has taught me so much and I am delighted with my progress. And above all he makes each lesson fun!

And I mean every word!

Cameron Lemmer

I knew I had a good singing voice but lacked any power. Alex’s lessons were a huge help for me developing my technique, breathing and stamina. He gave me confidence in approaching high notes and trying out different styles. It was really worth having someone like Alex who can assess your voice one to one and figure out what is the next step needed to progress. Alex is a very kind person and makes the lessons fun and easy. For me it didn’t feel like a lesson as I enjoyed singing that much and would train myself afterwords using his techniques that I just learned. Now thanks to Alex Poulton I’m a professional singer which is a dream job for me. I know my voice, I know what style suites me best and I know how to hit the big notes! Thank you Alex.

Anita Cotterall (Lessons since 2011) 

Alex is an inspiring singing teacher with endless patience & understanding; helping me discover a realistic starting point for my vocal abilities. Alex is guiding me through the complexities and techniques of singing my preferred genre of classical repertoire and has given me the confidence to progress through my singing lessons with him. It is a pleasure and a privilege to be a student of a professional soloist of Alex’s calibre.

Alex Jackson (Lessons since 2010) 

Alex is a brilliant singing teacher and I have gained countless techniques and warm up methods to improve my technical ability and vocal range while retaining my own ‘sound’. Alex’s wide knowledge of repertoire means that I can learn to sign with music that I love and challenge myself with new pieces that I’ve never heard before. Alex’s style is supportive and progressive meaning that I always learn something new every week.

Miriam Brown (Lessons since 2012) 

My Singing Lessons with Alex Poulton’s tuition are giving me great pleasure and a new interest in my life. I am 80 years of age and although I sang in choirs when I was young, Alex is teaching me to use my voice more effectively and to perform some folk songs with solo voice to his piano accompaniment. Between lessons I practice my songs and exercises and I always look forward to my next lesson with Alex and to singing in his concerts, when his students entertain us with songs of many kinds. These are very enjoyable occasions.

Dominic Rousseau (Lessons since 2013)

We’re incredibly lucky to have a singing teacher of Alex’s calibre in Sidmouth, and also someone who is an expert performer as well as a teacher, with a formidable background of training and experience. I think that’s quite a rare combination of talents. Its great to be able to hear him sing to back up what he teaches, and I’d recommend hearing him in concert if you get the chance. He uses a wide variety of teaching methods both traditional and modern to help make the most of the teaching that he gives, and I find it really useful to listen back to the lessons afterwards and between our lessons. Alex tailors lessons exactly to my requirements and never wastes a second, which I really value, I always get the sense that working towards a great vocal technique is the constant goal, but at my own pace and in the way that I would like to develop. He has helped me develop my voice from a complete beginner with no singing experience to the level of performing in front of large audiences locally in choirs and as a soloist in just a couple of years. Its quite a leap of faith putting yourself into someone else’s hands when you start singing, as its such a personal thing, and I’ve learned that to develop your voice you really do need to have someone’s guidance to do that, as its so easy to pick up bad habits. I trust Alex’s judgement and knowledge in that regard completely, I’d highly recommend people giving singing with him a go, who knows where it might lead?!


Alex enters students for Trinity Guildhall, ABRSM and London College and has a pass rate of 100% and a Distinction/Merit rate of 70%.

Alex holds four recitals and several informal gathering which are sometimes themed or dedicated to a particular composer. The students sing solo songs, sometimes performing new repertoire for the first time and new commissions.

Students have gone on to study singing at the leading London Colleges of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire, Oxford and Cambridge Universities. Many have  achieved roles in West End Shows, with professional Opera companies. Students include finalists on Britain’s Got Talent and the winner of the BBC’s Choirister of the Year Award.