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 successively the organ scholarships of Jesus College, Oxford, and St Albans Cathedral, having studied with John Wellingham and with Harald Vogel on the summer course of the Norddeutsche Orgelakademie. Postgraduate studies culminated in a Ph.D. in Composition from King’s College, London, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. His supervisors were the Argentine composer Silvina Milstein, and George Benjamin, pupil of Messiaen and Goehr.
Alex now divides his time between performing, teaching, and composing. In addition to being Assistant Director of Music at St Peter’s Church, St Albans, he conducts Radlett Choral Society and Sandringham Community Choir. As an organist, he has recently played recitals in Oxford, London, St Albans, and Weingarten, Münster, Würzburg, Marburg, Heidelberg and Tübingen in Germany. He has a thriving practice of private piano, organ, music theory and composition pupils, and teaches two days per week at Wycombe Abbey School. He was a teaching assistant in music analysis at King’s College for five years, and has lectured at the London College of Music and Media. He teaches conducting and composition, and lectures on harmony and counterpoint and music analysis at the University of Chichester. His organ teaching aims especially to help organists exploit the potential of mechanical action instruments to create musical and stylish performances.
His music is highly acclaimed for its
imaginative use of instruments and voices within a strong
long-range harmonic framework. His works have won numerous
awards and competitions, and have been performed by ensembles
including Gemini, Lontano, Chinook, the Praetorius Choir, St
Paul’s Cathedral Choir and the Brunel Sinfonia. His cantata Born
in Flight, which sets texts originating in the Thirty
Years’ War dealing with topics including child refugees, was
universally praised at its premiere in November 2016.
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