About Us

Here you can read about our conductor and some of the artists who  have worked with us.

     Milton Keynes Chorale The Choir Background

     Mark Jordan Musical Director

     Alex Aitken Assistant Musical Director and Accompanist

     Victoria Ely Music Director, 2015-2017

     Oliver Neal Parker Music Director, 2014

     Tom Appleton Music Director, 2010-2013

Alex Aitken

Alex read Music and was Organ Scholar at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and now enjoys a national reputation as an outstanding conductor, pianist and organist, maintaining an extensive, busy and varied schedule working with a number of the UK’s most eminent musicians, ensembles and organisations. In addition to his freelance work, he is a Musical Director for the National Youth Music Theatre, the Assistant Musical Director for Milton Keynes Chorale and, as a pianist, regularly works with the CBSO Chorus, the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain, Oxford Pro Musica and Phoenix Chorale. Other organisations he has performed with or accompanied for include the BBC Proms, The Lucerne Festival, The Military Wives Choirs, Chichester Festival Theatre, The Cambridge Music Festival, Eton Choral Courses, the National Brass Player’s Championships and Cambridge Chorale. Alex has also composed the scores to numerous short films which have premièred at BAFTA and the London Film Academy.

Alex regularly accompanies for vocal and instrumental recitals, competitions, auditions, masterclasses and examinations. He has répétiteured for a significant number of large choral works around the UK, including Vaughan Williams’s Sea Symphony, the Duruflé, Mozart, Brahms and Fauré requiems, Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder, Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, Britten’s War Requiem, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Bach’s Passions and Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine. He frequently deputises as an organist, having accompanied at cathedrals throughout the UK and toured throughout Europe and America.

Alex has been the Director of Music at St Peter and St Paul’s Olney, Head of Academic Music, Choirmaster and Organist at Stowe School, and Assistant Director of Music at Little St Mary’s in Cambridge. He also spent four years as the Composer, Orchestrator and Musical Director for the Cambridge Footlights. He graduated from Cambridge with a first in musical analysis, along with the Martin Steele Memorial Prize, Licentiate Diplomas in piano performance from the Royal Schools of Music and Trinity College of Music (the latter with Distinction), and the Associateship diploma of the Royal College of Organists.