Biography

Francis started his musical career when, at the age of seven, he was awarded a scholarship to Westminster Cathedral Choir School. Coached by James O'Donnell, he sang on multiple Gramophone award-winning albums as a chorister, toured extensively to Europe and was interviewed on Radio 4's Midweek Choice.

 

At Eton College, he learned to conduct under the guidance of Ralph Allwood, recorded with the King's Consort and was selected as one of two soloists to perform for a televised concert of Yehudi Menuhin's 80th birthday celebration at the Royal Albert Hall.

A passionate educator, he held the post of associate lecturer and artistic director of the principal chorus and chamber choir at Bath Spa University for nearly ten years, during which time he inspired a whole generation of young singers and musicians, many of whom continue to sing under his baton.

His two choirs, Lucis and Noctis, have quickly established a reputation for choral excellence, both here in the UK and internationally. Highlights include a concert of music by Grammy award-winning composer, Christopher Tin, at the Cadogan Hall with Angel City Chorale and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, a DCINY massed-choirs performance of Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man at Carnegie Hall and a WW1 centenary concert accompanied by the Southern Sinfonia with guest speaker, Terry Waite. 

During the COVID-19 outbreak, Francis hosted a series of interviews with many of the world’s prominent choral composers and singers, including Eric Whitacre, Will Todd, Bob Chilcott, Ēriks Ešenvalds and Dame Emma Kirkby.

An avid composer and arranger, Francis is currently working on two commissions for Lucis, including a video game soundtrack for an upcoming retro mobile game. He is also an experienced piano teacher and repetiteur and is a member of the examiner panel for ABRSM.