Alexander Flood began composing at a very early age, but only started to pursue it seriously whilst at Oxford and then as a postgraduate student at King's College, London. Since then, he has built up an enviable portfolio of works across most genres, and received considerable acclaim for his music's dynamism, inventiveness and coherence.

His compositions draw on a wide pool of historical and contemporary influences, and several pieces refer directly to specific earlier models. However, a much more important factor has been the assimilation into his music of modal frameworks, in combination with long-range harmonic and melodic thinking. With these strong backbones to his technique, he has produced scores equally successfully for professional and amateur performers alike.

His cantata Born in Flight received a great reception at its premiere in November 2016. It sets three texts dating to the period of the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648) or in circulation in the German-speaking world at that time. Reflecting those three decades of strife in Central Europe – an impenetrable web of religious and political turmoil – Born in Flight addresses the transience of life and the horrors of war, especially the displacement of children as refugees.



Sinfonietta (2008) 18’
            picc, 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bsn, 2 hn, 2 tpt, Btbn, 2 perc, str

Three Dreams of Night (2008) 7’
            picc, 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bsn, 4 hn, 3 tpt, 3 tbn, tba, timp, 3 perc, cel, hp, str

Récits (2007) 4’40”
            picc, 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bsn, 4 hn, 3 tpt, 3 tbn, tba, timp, 3 perc, cel/pno, hp, str

Organ Concerto (2005-6) 17’
               organ, strings

Recessional (2002) 4’50”
            fl, ob, cl, bsn, 4 hn, 2 tpt, 3 tbn, 2 perc, pno, hp, str


Instrumental ensemble

of two lives (2013) 5’30”
            'cello, piano

Giochi di notte (2011) 10’00”
           2 vln, vla, vcl, cb

Nocturne (2004-5) 3’20”
            2 pianos, 2 percussion [bass drum, crotales, marimba, vibraphone]

Nightrule (2004-5) 9’30”
            brass quintet [2 trumpets, horn, trombone, tuba]

Processional (2004) 2’30”
            brass quintet [2 trumpets, horn, trombone, tuba], organ

Pastorale (2004) 5’30”
           flute/picc., clarinet, harp, string quartet
Partita: Ach, wie nichtig (2003) 4’50”
           cor Anglais, horn in F, violin, double bass, harp, piano

Piano inter pares (2002) 3’40”
           piano, harp, vibraphone

Prelude, Melody and Double (2001-2) 6’30”
           flute/picc./alto, E flat clarinet/bass clarinet, viola, double bass, harp, piano

Scherzo (2001) 4’
           clarinet quartet [3 clarinets, bass clarinet]


Solo instrumental

Trumpet Voluntary with Echoes (2010)

Rhapsoidia (2009)
            organ and electronics

Ascendit! (2008)

The Silver Swan  (Tombeau de Gibbons) (2008)

Fugue sur S.N.C.F. (2007)

Ricercare (2006)

Cantus-Etude (2005)

Praeludium super gamut descendens (2000)


Solo vocal

Five Flower Haiku (2009)
            tenor, piano

The voice of the winter (2007)
            tenor, piano

…soft voices… (2003)
            baritone, cl, vln, vla, vcl

Uffington (2001)
            bass, piano

Two daydreams (2000)
            high voice, piano



Born in Flight (2016)
            S solo, SATB, vln, 4vla, 2vcl, cb, hp, 2hn

Magnificat on 'Gabriel's Message (2014)
            SATB, organ

O Lord, we beseech thee (2014)

Puer natus est nobis (2014)
            SSAATTBB, (optional organ)

Advent Matin Responsory (2013)

Nova! Nova! 'Ave' fit ex 'Eva' (2010)
            SATB, organ

Stetit Angelus (2010)
            SATB, organ

Nunc dimittis (2010)

O magnum mysterium (2009)

Laudibus in sanctis (2009)
            Tenor solo, 'cello, SATB, chamber organ

A Parish Requiem (2006)
            SATB, organ

The Spacious Firmament on High (2006)
            SATB, organ

Missa Ecce tempus idoneum (2006, rev. 2012)
            ATB, organ

Great Lord of Lords (2004-5)
            SATB, organ

Phos hilaron (2003) [published by O.U.P.]
            SATB, organ

Dutch Carol (2003)

God be in my head (2003)

Evening Canticles in Welsh for Jesus College, Oxford (2003)
            sSATB, organ

Te Deum and Jubilate for Men’s Voices (2002-3)
            ATB, organ

Dream and Reflections (2002)
            6S, 6A, 6T, 6B

O Waly, Waly (2002)



Twelve Fantazias for Viols – Henry Purcell
            organ solo

‘Enigma’ Variations – Edward Elgar
            organ solo


  …plus numerous other short original works and arrangements.




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