Leading young composer Alexander Flood was born in 1977 in Buckinghamshire. He attended Dr Challoner’s Grammar School, before going up to Jesus College, Oxford, as Organ Scholar in 1997. At Oxford, he read music with John Caldwell, studied organ with John Wellingham, and attended the composition classes of Robert Sherlaw-Johnson and Robert Saxton. Alex subsequently held the Organ Scholarship at St Albans Cathedral, from where he moved to his present position as Assistant Director of Music at St Peter’s Church, St Albans. He holds the Associateship diploma of the Royal College of Organists.
Having been awarded a distinction in the MMus degree of King’s College, London, Alex continued his studies at King’s with a PhD in Composition supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. His supervisors were the Argentinian-born composer Silvina Milstein and George Benjamin, pupil of Messiaen and Goehr.
Alex teaches piano at Wycombe Abbey School and has a thriving practice of private piano, organ and music theory pupils. Having also been a teaching assistant in the field of music analysis at King’s College for five years, he is an accomplished educator of students of all ages and abilities.
Alex’s 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 BBC Singers and St Paul’s Cathedral Choir.
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