Bio

About Francis

Francis took up the cello aged 7, more recently becoming a first-study singer under the tutelage of Carys Lane, Richard Strivens, and Sam Howley amongst others. He currently studies with Ben Hoadley. After schooling in Manchester, he completed a gap year working at The Manchester Grammar School, assisting in the musical direction of a run of The Producers and helping to run various school ensembles. He also sang with the Rodolfus Choir, engagements including a BBC Radio 3 Broadcast and a tour to the East coast of the US.

Francis then read for a BA in Music at University College, Oxford, during which time he was a Choral Exhibitioner with the Choir of Merton College, Oxford, a member of Schola Cantorum of Oxford, organ scholar at St Barnabas Church, Jericho and was also active as a conductor with a range of student ensembles and choirs. He completed a year’s tenure with the Oxford University Wind Orchestra, and worked with the Oxford University Philharmonia as well as several college chapel choirs, both as a conductor and organist. Francis was also in demand as a dep for several of Oxford’s elite choral ensembles. As a soloist, engagements took him as far afield as Salisbury.

Francis’s compositions have been performed by several choirs in Oxford, including those of University, St John’s, and Merton colleges. After graduating in July 2015, he spent 6 months as a choral scholar at St Davids Cathedral, before moving to Truro, where he is a Tenor Lay Vicar in the Cathedral Choir, Music Coordinator at Truro School, Vocal Mentor for the Cornwall County Youth Choir, and also has a small number of private singing pupils. Francis also plays cello in the professional Truro Symphony Orchestra. When not working, Francis can be found exploring the outdoors and engaging in his passion for landscape photography.

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