My husband Robert Poulton was an operatic baritone who was tragically killed in a road accident in Sussex in October 2012. We were extremely happily married, and are the parents of two beautiful sons.
Rob was a wonderful father, and a very successful opera singer, but he was also so much more than that. If you were ever lucky enough to spend time in his company, you will know exactly what I mean; he had an innate ability to share his love for life, his charm and his integrity with everyone that he met.
Whilst on stage he was able to engage with the emotions of his audience in a way that eludes many classical singers of this generation. He was not only able to reduce the most challenging of audiences to tears with the timbre of his mellifluous baritone, but he could also evoke intense laughter, with merely the lifting of an eyebrow, or the twinkling of an eye. When he sang he made you feel good; it’s as simple as that!
In launching Rob’s charity, my aim is to pass on his love of singing, and its ability to change lives for the better. I know that this is both greatly needed and entirely possible, in a world that can often be challenging.
At first we shall be focussing on 2 areas:
1. To send a specialised singing tutor into 2 schools based in Inner London. These schools have yet to be identified, and we will be concentrating on whole class sessions involving Key Stage 2 children.
2. To set up and fund a Community Choir in East Sussex.
Rob’s death has caused a great deal of sadness, both to his beloved family, and to his many colleagues and friends who adored him.
I feel very strongly that I would like his name to be remembered in a way that truly honours the man that he was.
We initially need to raise £5000 in order to register The Robert Poulton Foundation. Please help Tom Will and myself to raise funds in order to make this possible. We would be very grateful for any contribution that you can spare, no matter how great or small.
- Rob Byford
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