Francis took up the cello aged 7, more recently becoming a first-study singer under the tutelage of Carys Lane, Richard Strivens, and Ben Hoadley amongst others. After schooling in Manchester, he completed a gap year working at The Manchester Grammar School. 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, including 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 3.5 years in Truro, where he was a Tenor Lay Vicar in the renowned Cathedral Choir & Music Coordinator at Truro School, Francis now lives in Nottingham, working as a cello and singing teacher alongside running his own record label, FS Records and his work as a freelance recording engineer and producer. Francis is also Assistant Director of Music at Nottingham’s civic church, St Mary’s in the Lace Market. When not working, Francis can be found exploring the outdoors and engaging in his passion for landscape photography.