Music Director and Accompanist
Dr Alexander Flood (Music Director) was appointed Music Director from January 2020. Composer, conductor and organist Alexander Flood read Music at Oxford, with John Caldwell and Guy Newbury, and attended the composition classes of Robert Sherlaw-Johnson and Robert Saxton. He held the organ scholarships of Jesus College, Oxford, and St Albans Cathedral, having studied with John Wellingham and at the Norddeutsche Orgelakademie. Postgraduate studies culminated in a Ph.D. in Composition from King’s College, London, supervised by the Argentine composer Silvina Milstein, and Sir George Benjamin, pupil of Messiaen and Goehr. His cantata Born in Flight was premiered in 2016 to great acclaim.
In addition to directing Great Missenden Choral Society, Alex is Assistant Director of Music at St Peter’s Church, St Albans, and conducts Radlett Choir and Sandringham Community Choir. As an organist, he has recently played recitals in London, Oxford, St Albans, and Lübeck, Münster, Weingarten, Würzburg and Marburg in Germany. He teaches piano at Wycombe Abbey School and has a thriving practice of private pupils. He also teaches conducting and lectures at the University of Chichester.
Michael McMillan (Rehearsal accompanist) has accompanied the Great Missenden Choral Society for the last twelve years. He is a graduate of Durham University where he read Physics, Philosophy, and Psychology. Having received the ARCM and FRSM diplomas for piano performance, he is now a freelance musician; his musical activities are now divided between teaching privately and in schools, accompanying instrumentalists and choirs, writing for Pianist magazine, and examining for the ABRSM. Away from music, he’s a keen golfer, travels a bit and enjoys finding high places to climb!