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Press Release – Alex Flood appointed Music Director

For the press release announcing the appointment please click here.

Published on January 24th, 2020 by Ken Darvill

Newsletter Winter 2019


Welcome Everybody, to this special newsletter, giving details of our Christmas Concert arrangements and plans for celebrating John’s wonderful twenty-five years with the choir.  The choir has a special place in many people’s lives, as testified by the number of members, Friends and key people whose involvement, activities and enjoyment spans many years (even in some case entering the sixth or family’s seventh decade), whilst still keen to tackle new works and methods and always ready to welcome new members to the fold.

It takes somebody with particular qualities to provide directorship musically for such a choir and to lead a large and diverse group in taking on new challenges and finding new perspectives to familiar works and singing.  John’s prolific musical knowledge and boundless enthusiasm for pieces old and new, as well as his love for performance and affection for this choir have encouraged us all over the years to enjoy and appreciate choral singing of many ages and varieties, fully in line with the choir’s founding principles.

So (more…)

Published on November 20th, 2019 by Ken Darvill

Newsletter Summer 2019











Welcome All and Warmest Congratulations to everyone involved for a marvellous Spring Concert.  As John had intended, the Antiphons displayed how well we can sing unaccompanied (just keep the faith) and the Handel Messiah Passion Music and Hallelujah Chorus were the expected crowd pleasers, with the performance fulfilling our hopes.  It was terrific once again for the composer of the modern music we have chosen to sing to be with us both in rehearsal, where we can learn so much more about their wishes and motivations for the performance, and at the concert. So, delighted that Paul Carr had spent so much time with us at rehearsal, it was magnificent that the performance on the night of his “Requiem for an Angel” reached his own high expectations of us and he was thrilled to hear his music rendered in the fashion we achieved with the orchestra. (more…)

Published on August 7th, 2019 by Ken Darvill

John Cotterill’s last concert with us

At the end of the year, after almost 25 years as its esteemed music director, John Cotterill retires and hands over the baton to the much sought-after composer, conductor and organist, Dr. Alex Flood, whose services GMCS is delighted to have secured and who recently relocated to nearby Hyde Heath. For his valedictory concert with the choir on 14th December, John Cotterill will host a specially planned workshop before conducting the epic Christmas Oratorio by J.S.Bach, but in the meantime there will be some fun and fund-raising that is open to all.

Published on June 12th, 2019 by Ken Darvill

Newsletter Spring 2019

In this edition:  Chair’s introduction; Message from Music Director;  Social Media; Concert day notes;   Easyfundraising; Dates for your diary


Hello and Welcome Everyone to our Spring 2019 Newsletter, which sets out all the information about concert day requirements and arrangements and other choir news.  Our Christmas Concert went extremely well, with the Britten “Ceremony of Carols” and Rossini’s “Petite Messe Solonelle” already known to a number of us but with some excitingly challenging parts.  The soloists were excellent, as was the exceptional young harpist, Richard Allen, and our accompanists gave wonderful support and enhancement to our singing, with fine playing from Rhidian Jones on the organ and Nigel Wilkinson and the choir’s warmly acclaimed accompanist, Michael McMillan, on the piano. In between we had the delight of singing Mike Sheppard’s carol “When a Baby is Born” in his presence and after a rehearsal in which he had told us about its meaning to him and how he thought about the performance to come.  It was clear that the audience were enchanted by this and it was particularly touching to hear and see their very warm appreciation for the work.  (more…)

Published on March 19th, 2019 by Ken Darvill

Newsletter Winter 2018









Chair’s Introduction

WELCOME, EVERYONE, to our Winter newsletter, giving you all the information about dates to note for the future, concert day requirements and arrangements, a reminder about our Christmas party on 17 December and general choir news.

We are well on the way in our preparation for the Christmas concert on Saturday, 15 December.  A number of us have previously sung Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, which still sounds fresh every time we approach it, and it has been very helpful for us that there are members who have performed and loved the Rossini “Petite Messe Solonnelle” and so are able to join with John’s careful (more…)

Published on December 2nd, 2018 by Ken Darvill

Newsletter Summer 2018


Chair’s Introduction – Director of Music’s pre-season notes – Important notice about concert week rehearsals

Fundraising – Online learning resources – Committee – Social Media – Your personal information

Friends of GMCS – Music Director



Welcome, Everyone, to this Summer Newsletter,

And what a summer it has turned out to be so far:  long, hot, dry and only now summer showers but with the promise of more sunshine to come.  It has felt positively chilly at times this weekend and the storms have been spectacular, and dangerous for many elsewhere in the country, but such freshness in the air!  And on Saturday a rainbow shone out across Great Missenden.  Compensation, perhaps for missing the blood moon eclipse and a wonder of joy to behold!  So enough of the lyrics, albeit that clear enunciation and working on our consonants is critical, it is time to be thinking again of music in the autumn.

We look forward to starting our new term on Monday, September 3rd, 2018 at the Oldham Hall, Church Street, Great Missenden with the Annual General Meeting of the Great Missenden Choral Society will be held at 7.30 p.m., prior to a short break and the first rehearsal of the season. (more…)

Published on August 12th, 2018 by Ken Darvill

Newsletter Spring 2018

In this edition……..Chair’s introduction……..Music Director’s message…….. Online shopping reminder ……….. Concert day notes………Help needed…….Rubbing out evening………Committee.

Chair’s Introduction

Hello Everyone and Welcome to our new Choir Members

From “Utterly Italy” for our December Concert a real change to thoroughly English for our Spring Concert “Songs of Sea and Shore” on 28 April.  Suddenly, 28 April is feeling very close with Easter now being celebrated.  It is good to note our Director of Music’s confidence for our performance in his section below but we shall need to rehearse and concentrate hard on our enunciation to make this the spectacular success that we hope it shall be. (more…)

Published on April 24th, 2018 by Ken Darvill

Newsletter Winter 2017







Chair’s Introduction

Hello Everyone

It was a marvellous and inspiring concert performance we gave in April of the Bach B Minor Mass.  The effort and sheer hard work that so many of us put in to learning the work and that John put in to teaching us about the Mass and Michael demonstrating to us how to do it, truly paid dividends.

This concert has a very different feel with its concentration on “Utterly Italy” pieces, especially those that celebrate the 450th birthday of Monteverdi and with so many other pieces the coming of Christmas.  It is greatly to John’s credit that he had brought us so far in our learning of the works that we have been able to sing a number of the pieces unaccompanied and perfectly in tune. Well done to all the singers and to John and Michael, our marvellous accompanist – now we have to work hard on some of those really tricky notes and the interpretation of the pieces, alongside our working with the soloists and the orchestra, to do them true justice on the night of the concert on 16 December. (more…)

Published on December 11th, 2017 by Ken Darvill

Newsletter Summer 2017


Chair’s Introduction

Director of Music’s pre-season notes


Online learning resources

Friends of GMCS



Hello and Welcome Everyone to our Summer Newsletter.

Congratulations to everyone who played a part in the April Concert of the Bach B Minor Mass.  All the effort put in by each and every one of you showed in a brilliant performance, enjoyed by a large and highly appreciative audience.  I know that many of us are grateful for the work John put in to our knowledge and understanding of the work, especially with the workshop at the Abbey early in the term, and with Michael and Rhidian, in rehearsing with us this monumental piece.  John has said already and will reiterate at the AGM how moved he was by the performance, which he considers one of the best he has ever conducted.

It was a joy to have our guest singers performing with us and we thank them and the soloists, too, for a splendid concert.  (more…)

Published on August 21st, 2017 by Ken Darvill