Biography

Richard Francis studied at the Birmingham School of Music where he graduated GBSM with distinction as well as obtaining ABSM diplomas in organ and piano. At the same time he studied externally for the University of London B Mus degree. After periods of teaching in Edinburgh, Ludlow and Sherborne, he resumed his studies at the University College of North Wales where he studied with William Mathias and obtained the degree of MMus as well as the LRAM and ARCO diplomas.

In 1980 Richard Francis took up the position of Director of Music at the Parish Church of St Laurence, Ludlow. He has given several recitals in England, the Channel Islands, Isle of Wight, Germany and Holland. He has composed a considerable amount of choral music as well as chamber and organ works. His orchestral work "The Adamantine Door" dates from 2002.

He was until 1995 Director of Music at Moor Park School, Ludlow, but has since reduced his teaching commitments in order to devote more time to composition and recital work.

Recent compositions have included a Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (dedicated to the choir of St Anne's, Alderney), a setting for choir and wind ensemble of William Blake's poem "The Echoing Green", and a large scale Te Deum and Benedictus. He completed an arrangement of Welsh folksongs for choir and piano in 2003.

In 2001 Richard Francis won the prestigious Gregynog International Composition Award with his piece for Wind Octet "The Perfect Cha Cha Cha". The work received its first performance by the Soundwood Ensemble, directed by David Campbell, at the Gregynog Festival in June 2002.

Many of Richard Francis's choral and organ works are published by Published by INTRADA Muziekuitgave (Address: Veensluis 18, 8448GP HEERENVEEN, The Netherlands)