An accomplished and versatile tenor soloist and choral singer of considerable experience, Francis has studied under some of the country’s finest singers, including Carys Lane, Bertie Rice, Blonwen Mills, Richard Strivens, Giles Underwood, and Dame Margaret Kingsley. Francis’s relationship with singing started as a member of the Manchester Boys Choir. During his time in the choir he was selected as a ‘pickled boy’ soloist for a concert of Britten’s oratorio St Nicholas, and toured to the Czech Republic, as well as participating in regular concerts at the Bridgewater Hall, where the choir was in residence.
Whilst in Oxford, Francis sang with Schola Cantorum of Oxford, and also undertook dep work with several of Oxford’s finest choirs, including Magdalen College, the Newman Consort, Queen’s College, and others. He has toured extensively, including in Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, the US, and the Czech Republic. He is currently a Lay Vicar in Truro Cathedral Choir, as well as a freelance singer and singing teacher.
Francis has appeared on a number of CDs as member of the choir and soloist/cantor. Click on the artwork for more information.
Francis has a range of conducting experience, both choral and instrumental, his experience of performing at a high level in both disciplines informing his approach. Francis has studied with Ewa Strusinka, and participated in masterclasses run by Mark Heron, Clark Rundell, Ralph Allwood MBE and others. Francis made his conducting debut in Oxford in 2012 with the OUG&SS’s critically acclaimed production of Princess Ida. Francis went on to conduct a range of student ensembles and chapel choirs, and was in regular demand for sectional rehearsals for both wind and strings.
Highlights of his career so far include a Gold Award for Oxford University Wind Orchestra at the National Concert Band Festival Regionals in 2014, and his Sheldonian Theatre debut conducting players of the Oxford University Philharmonia in Strauss’s Serenade for Winds. He has no regular conducting commitment at present, but works regularly with Cornwall Concert Orchestra.
Accompanist (Piano and Organ)
As an accompanist Francis has worked with choirs and solo singers in a variety of settings, including the Choir of St John’s College, Oxford, and as organ scholar of St Barnabas Church, Jericho in Oxford. He is currently the accompanist for Penzance-based chamber choir Laudate.
Editor and Engraver
Francis is experienced as an editor and typestter, producing beautifully and clearly engraved editions of a range of both early and contemporary music, regularly undertaking transposition and engraving work. You can find samples of his work below. He also undertakes transposition and arranging work at a competitive rate.