Sidmouth Vocal Practice

alex@sidmouthvocalpractice.com

Established: 2007

Vocal Recital on Trees
In Assoc. with Sidmouth Arboretum
10th June 2017
4-6-16 Utarian Church Sidmouth-27-3
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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

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Student Concert

Sunday 29th October 2017

19:30

Venue: The Unitarian Chapel

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Remembrance Recital

Saturday 11th November 2017

19:30 

Venue: The Unitarian Chapel 

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Christmas Recital

Saturday 23rd December 2017

19:30 

Venue: The Unitarian Chapel 

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An Evening of Handel

Sunday 28th January 2018

18:00 

Venue: The Leigh Brown Room, Sidmouth

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An Evening of Cabaret 

Sunday 18th March 2018

19:30 

Venue: The Leigh Brown Room, Sidmouth 

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An Evening of Disney Songs

Sunday 27th May 2018

17:00 

Venue: The Leigh Brown Room, Sidmouth 

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Walk & Recital on Trees

In Association with Sidmouth Arboretum 

Sunday 22nd July 2018

19:00 

Venue: The Unitarian Chapel 

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Recital of Female Composers to Celebrate :

Representation of the People Act 1918

Saturday 16th December 2018

19:30 

Venue: The Unitarian Chapel 

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Timetable: 

Reserve List:

 Heather Plumber (T)

Elizabeth Potter (w) 

Vicky Wyant

Heather Cook

Paul Butler

Helen Gibson West

Louise Peel

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Half Term (23 – 27 oct) 

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Friday 27th October 2017

19:30 – 20:30 Evie Horne

Saturday 28th October 2017

10:00 – 19:00

To Schedule:

Dominic Rousseau

Lucinda  Williams

Ari

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9:00 – 10:00 Kay Wood

10:00 – 10:30 Mark Rose

10:30 – 11:30 Hilary Williams

11:30 – 12:00 Hazel Nelson

12:30 – 13:00 Molly Morton

13:00 – 14:00 alex Jackson

14:00 – 14:30 Anne  Gearty

14:30 – 15:00 Robert Crick

15;00 – 15:30 Carly Renshaw

15:30 – 16:00 Miriam Brown

16:00 – 17:30 Anita Cotterall

Break

18:30 – 19:30 Dermot Gooding

Sunday 29th October 2017

11:30 – 12:00

14:30 – 15:00 Anna Drew

15:00 – 15:30 Ellie Puddicombe

15:30 – 16:15 Lyn Ferrand

17:00 – 18:00 Amelia Hibbert

18:00 – 19:00 Rehearsal with Dorothy

19:30 Informal Recital

10:00 – 19:00

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Saturday 11th November 2017

10:00 – 19:00

10:00 – 11:00 Kay Wood

11:00 – 11:30 Val Pidgeon

11:30 – 12:00 Joanna Maltby

15:00 – 16:00 Rob

19:30 Remembrance Recital, The Unitarian Chapel

Sunday 12th November 2017

10:00 – 19:00

11:30 – 12:00 Joanna Maltby

12:00 – 12:30 Candice Reid

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Saturday 18th November 2017

15:00 – 19:00 ren

Sunday 19th November 2017

10:00 – 19:00

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Saturday 25th November 2017

10:00 – 19:00

Sunday 26th November 2017

10:00 – 19:00

15:00 – 15:30 Kyra Stout (C)

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Saturday 2nd December 2017

15:00 – 19:00 ren

Sunday 3rd December 2017

10:00 – 19:00

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Saturday 9th December 2017

10:00 – 19:00

Sunday 10th December 2017

10:00 – 19:00

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Friday 22nd December 2017

10:00 – 19:00

19:30 Christmas Recital, The Unitarian Chapel

Saturday 23rd December 2017

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Saturday 6th January 2018

10:00 – 19:00

Sunday 7th January 2018

10:00 – 19:00

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Saturday 13th January 2018

10:00 – 19:00

Sunday 14th January 2018

10:00 – 19:00

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Sunday 21st January 2018

10:00 – 19:00

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Saturday 27th January 2018

10:00 – 19:00

Sunday 28th January 2018

10:00 – 19:00

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Saturday 3rd February 2018

10:00 – 19:00

Sunday 4th February 2018

10:00 – 19:00

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Saturday 17th February 2018

10:00 – 19:00

 

19:30 Dominic & Lorraine Recital, The Unitarian Chapel

Sunday 18th February 2018

10:00 – 19:00

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Saturday 24th February 2018

10:00 – 19:00

Sunday 25th February 2018

10:00 – 19:00

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Saturday 3rd March 2018

10:00 – 19:00

Sunday 4th March 2018

10:00 – 19:00

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Saturday 17th March 2018

10:00 – 19:00

 

19:30 An Evening of Cabaret, The Leigh Brown Room

Sunday 18th March 2018

10:00 – 19:00

Saturday 24th March

Sunday 25th March

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Good Friday: 30th march

Easter Sunday: 1st April

Easter Monday: 2nd April

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Saturday 14th April

Sunday 15th April

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Saturday 21st April

Sunday 22nd April

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Satuday 28th April

15:00 – 18:00 only

Sunday 29th April

15:30 French Recital: Sidholme

18:30 – 20:00 only

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Saturday 5th May

Sunday 6th May

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Saturday 13th May

Sunday 14th May

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 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.

Students

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Testimonials:

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 

www.cameronlemmer.com

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?!

Background

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.

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