|Simon Ponsford - countertenor||
8th June 2019: Handel Athalia, Oxford Bach Choir, Sheldonian Theatre
"Ponsford's voice was pure delight: warmly coloured, rich in character, displaying poignancy, concern, and marked wisdom, too."
The Church Times
24th November 2018: Bach Cantatas, Birmingham Bach Choir, Birmingham Cathedral
"...hear and enjoy the effortlessly beautiful voice of Counter-Tenor, Simon Ponsford"
1st December 2015: Handel Messiah, Westminster Abbey
"...Lucid-toned countertenor Simon Ponsford sought out the isolated heart of He Was Despised..."
5th June 2015: Handel Israel in Egypt, Christ Church Spitalfields
"... alto Simon Ponsford took clear delight in 'Their land brought forth frogs'..."
19th May 2015: Monteverdi Vespers, Westminster Abbey
"...Simon Ponsford, one of the three countertenor soloists, also had a particularly attractive voice..."
10th November 2014: Purcell Ode for St Cecilia's Day, Brighton Early Music Festival
"...countertenors Tim Morgan and Simon Ponsford (who both nearly stole the show, Ponsford in ‘’Tis Nature’s voice’ and Morgan with David Blackadder’s valveless Baroque trumpet in Handel’s ‘Eternal Source of Light Divine’)..."
March 2014: Time Stands Still CD Review
"...Ponsford reaches the pinnacle of his achievements on this disc in ‘In darkness let me dwell,’ in which his ethereal tone—not so much the voice of a broken artist as of threatened Art itself—illuminates the melody with an autumnal radiance. Uttered with the simplicity of a soul that can perceive no other resolution, the statements of ‘O let me living, living die’ pass from the hearts of the composer and singer into that of the listener..."
Voix des Arts
December 2013: Time Stands Still CD Review
"...Full fathom five, a song that brings the best from Simon Ponsford with long pure lines in this, another beautifully simple setting and Come, heavy sleep where this countertenor shows his pure beauty of voice with a natural character that gives such a Jacobean period sound to his voice. Time does indeed stand still..."
The Classical Reviewer
18th September 2012: Masterclass with Ann Murray, Royal Academy of Music
"...Anna Harvey and counter-tenor Simon Ponsford were helped to make Handel items far more dramatic than they'd conceived them (Simon Ponsford is a future star to watch!)..."