Even a casual glance at Alex Poulton’s website (alexbaritone.co.uk) tells you that he’s a highly qualified and experienced singer, vocal practitioner and composer. He’s a Batchelor of Music with honours with an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma to his name. He’s also studied at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, the Franz Liszt Academy, Budapest and the Hochschule fur Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar.
Alex is an award-winning, critically acclaimed English baritone who has performed at renowned venues like the Wigmore Hall and the De Doelen, Rotterdam as well as highly regarded local venues such as Stansted House, the Station Theatre, Hayling Island, and South Downs College. His diary is full of engagements. He organises concerts. He teaches singing and plays the piano. But what of the man himself?
Alex privately confides that originally he wanted to be a ballet dancer. When he was a teenager he was in the Sound of Music. He could easily have become a song and dance man. Even today he enjoys musicals. But a love of Schubert’s Lieder and more formal, classical singing took him on a different career path, a path that took him to the Aldeburgh area, near the Maltings at Snape and the home of Holst’s daughter who was Benjamin Brittan’s assistant.
For ten years Alex lived around Aldeburgh in that lovely part of Suffolk bordering on the North Sea coast. Here he taught and trained choral societies. He loved the flat landscape, open sky and quietness of the area. This does not come as a surprise. It was the same rural solitude that provided the right ambience for other legendary figures like Benjamin Brittan and Gustav Holst’s daughter Imogen to develop some of their finest achievements.
Last September Alex had the good fortune to actually live in Imogen Holst’s house. Built to resemble an air raid centre, it is still quite basic. There is furniture, artefacts, books and scores belonging to the composer of the Planets Suite. Nothing has been altered. Being surrounded by the great man’s and his daughter’s effects has inspired Alex in his own composing.
But Alex has other pursuits as well. He is proud of his allotment; another place conducive to creative thinking. He grows his own vegetables, which he enjoys cooking. He likes fine food too and is a regular singing attraction at Piccolo Roma, the popular Italian restaurant at Bishops Waltham.