Leslie Baker trained as a Choral Scholar at Cambridge where he gained a degree in Music. He taught music at Felsted School in Essex for 13 years and then spent a further 6 years as Director of Music at Colyton Grammar School in Devon. Since 1992 he has worked as a freelance woodwind and singing teacher in East Devon. As an opera singer he has sung with companies in Essex and Devon taking leading tenor roles in works by Handel, Mozart, Donizetti, Rossini, Bizet, Lehar, Britten, Sullivan and others. He has an extensive oratorio repertoire and has performed with many Choirs and Choral Societies in the South West. He also gives concerts and recitals both singing and playing the clarinet, has conducted several local choral and dramatic societies and was Musical Director of the Seaton Choral Society for twelve years.
Alex Poulton- Baritone
Alex has performed in recital in major festivals throughout Europe and in many of the worlds leading concert venues from ‘The Wigmore Hall’, London to ‘The De Doelen’, Rotterdam. His core repertoire includes all three of Schubert’s song cycles. He also sings art song for BBC television and has appeared on ITV.
At Birmingham Conservatoire Alex won the Reginald Vincent Lieder Prize and was awarded a scholarship from the Joseph Weingarten Memorial Trust, to study lieder at the Franz Liszt Academy, Budapest.
Recently he performed an English Song Recital with some rare works by Arthur Bliss for Arts in Residence and a recital of art songs from the Great War. Alex has been working in collaboration with BBC producer Keith Cheetham and Robin Bowman on dramatized performances of Die Schöne Müllerin and Winterreise. He is shortly to record a new album, this time of Ivor Gurney songs.
Alex has sung most of the major baritone Oratorio repertoire such as Carmina Burana, A Sea Symphony, Elijah and Finzi’s: Et in Terra Pax. Recent performances include solos in Faure Requiem, Elgar’s, Great is the Lord, Finzi’s Lo The Full Final Sacrifice & Let Us Garlands Bring with Portsmouth Choral Union and St. Matthew Passion with Exeter Chamber Choir and Orchestra.
Héloïse West – Soprano
Héloïse West was born in Devon. When she joined the National Youth Choir of Great Britain she received a gifted pupil award. She gained an Entrance Exhibition to the Royal Academy of Music, graduating with an LRAM and a Bachelor of Music degree in performance. She has also studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Héloïse has recently started an in-depth course of study on Wagnerian roles with Lionel Friend. She has a busy career in the South West singing oratorios.
Her performances include : Bach- St.Matthew Passion, St.John Passion,Mass in B Minor, Brahms– Requiem, Handel- Messiah, Haydn– Nelson Mass, Creation, Mendelssohn-Elijah, Mozart– C Minor Mass, Coronation Mass, Requiem, Poulenc-Gloria, Verdi-Requiem.
Louise Mott – Mezzo Soprano
Louise Mott studied at the Guildhall School of Music and the Royal College of Music (Opera Course), before completing her training at the National Opera Studio. She made her débuts at English National Opera as Bradamante Alcina, Welsh National Opera as Annio La Clemenza di Tito, at The Royal Opera House as Katarina Schratt Mayerling for The Royal Ballet and at Opera North as Annina Der Rosenkavalier, followed by Fidalma Il matrimonio segreto and 2nd Witch (& Dido cover) Dido and Aeneas. She sang Ariodante for English Touring Opera and Mme Larina Eugene Onegin for Scottish Opera on Tour, as well as several Handel title roles for Early Opera Company.
Recent engagements included Elgar’s The Kingdom, Bach’s St Matthew Passion and Messiah (Mozart edition) at Truro Cathedral, Bach’s B Minor Mass at Exeter Cathedral, Mrs Grose The Turn of the Screw for Seastar Opera, a recital for the 100th Anniversary of the original Glastonbury Festivals, Mrs Segstrom A Little Night Music for Opera Project and Ottavia (cover) The Coronation of Poppea for Opera North.
Engagements for 2015 include Marcellina Le nozze di Figaro and Alisa Lucia di Lammermoor for Diva Opera.
David Fouracre – Bass
David Fouracre was born in Taunton and after reading chemistry at university spent 20 years travelling throughout England and Scotland pursuing a career in retail management. He returned to his Westcountry roots in 1992 when he and his wife acquired a business of their own in Colyton, East Devon. He has been actively involved in choral music-making all his life, and has performed as a soloist with choirs from Dundee to Torquay. Since settling in Colyton he has been increasingly in demand as a bass-baritone soloist with choral societies throughout the West of England, and has been fortunate to perform a wide repertoire of choral music during that time. He has a particular personal affection for twentieth-century English song.