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Latest news and events for the Great Missenden Choral Society.

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will be on Saturday 7th December.

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Published on December 18th, 2022 by Ken Darvill

Informal Recital & Carol Singing

This press release has recently been issued:

Although Great Missenden Choral Society haven’t been able to rehearse together for almost a year now, its 70-strong members have been keeping in touch online and enthusiastically joining in with a series of YouTube singing videos produced by Alex Flood, GMCS’s Music Director. On the 12th of December they even managed to get together, albeit in a restricted way, for a recital at St Peter and St Paul’s and some joyful carol singing in the Buryfield car park!

The recital saw Alex Flood, GMCS’s Music Director, moving nimbly between organ and piano, delighting the very socially-distanced audience with a wonderful selection of seasonal music.  The concert culminated with a witty organ arrangement of Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’.  The song had just reached no. 1 in the charts for the first time in its 26-year history and Alex remarked that it was the first time he’d played a current no. 1 hit single in concert!

About thirty choir members then trooped down to the Buryfield for some heartfelt carol singing led by Alex, which gathered a small but appreciative audience.

The Choir is very much hoping to be able to resume rehearsals in the spring to prepare a short concert for 19 June 2021, with the centrepiece being an energetic and beautiful early Mozart mass.

The Choir aims to be adaptable to whatever constraints it finds itself confronted by in the coming year.  As Alex Flood says: “My intention is that in everything we do, we aim for the highest standards we can achieve in presenting profound music that is satisfying and thrilling for performers and listeners alike”.

Isabelle Reynolds

Published on January 21st, 2021 by Ken Darvill

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

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

Do Join Us

Are you local? A keen singer? Free on Monday evenings?

Come and join us!

GMCS is a friendly choir of around seventy keen amateur choral singers. We rehearse on Monday evenings in the Autumn and Spring terms for concerts in December and April.

Our repertoire includes a wide range of classic and contemporary choral works. Our Christmas concert this year is Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.

Please do come and listen in at one of our rehearsals on Mondays at 7.45pm in the Oldham Hall, Church Street, Great Missenden. If you wish, you can phone Suzanne Bryden (01494 718521) beforehand or any of the others on the Contact Us page. We welcome singers of all ages and we do have some bursaries available for young singers between the ages of 16 and 25, to cover their membership fees.

You can find more information about the choir, its history and opportunities to join us as a singer or a Friend, elsewhere on our website.

Published on November 15th, 2016 by Ken Darvill