Testimonials

Lyn Ferrand

Last night, 8th October 2018, I sang in an informal concert put together by my singing teacher, Alex Poulton. These concerts happen on a regular basis, so that pupils can hear each other and have the opportunity to perform songs in front of an audience.  
Alex is unique as a music teacher.  He is a hugely talented, professional musician, singer and composer who makes the time to instruct and support his pupils, whether they are very young or elderly, with unfailing warmth, good humour and encouragement.
Last night’s concert showed a wide breath of talent, from his younger pupils, who sang with a complete confidence, to his adult pupils who performed a variety of pieces, from Opera to musical comedy, English song and unaccompanied church music. 
We also are also fortunate to have the extremely accomplished Dorothy Worthington accompanying us at the piano.
Thank you, Alex, for all your dedication and hard work. Sidmouth is so lucky to have someone of your abilities teaching in the town. Looking forward to the next concert on 11th November to commemorate Armistice day.

Kevin Hurst

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

Pat Thompson

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

Catherine O’leary

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.

Olivia Middleton 

” 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 

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 

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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 

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 

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 

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 

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?!