Musical Director & Composer
Originally from Ipswich, Suffolk, Francis studied Music at the University of Liverpool.
Musical director - Tell Me On A Sunday starring Jodie Prenger (national tours); Singin’ In The Rain (The Mill at Sonning); Cats (Kilworth House); Jersey Boys (UK Tour); Anna Göldi (Stageworks, Switzerland); Mrs Henderson Presents (Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto); The Hurly Burly Show (Duchess Theatre, West End); An Evening with David Hasselhoff (indigO2); Judy & Liza (national tour); George's Marvellous Medicine (Birmingham Stage Company) and Women On The Verge Of HRT (national tour).
Album - Lights, Number 1 in the UK Easy Listening Chart, December 2020.
Composing commissions - Ten Minute Musical Challenge and Thirty Minute Musical (Greenwich Theatre); Coat Tales (Elixir Festival, Sadler's Wells); Celtic Journey (Churchill Theatre, Bromley and Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury); Harrison & The Big Church and The Lighthouse (Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds); The Soul Bird (Rose Theatre, Kingston) and Robinsons Panto Karaoke.
Incidental music and songs - Bleak Expectations and Coral (Nuffield Theatre, Southampton); A Daughter Of The Aurora (Proteus and Bodyjam Theatre Companies); George’s Marvellous Medicine (Birmingham Stage); Hansel & Gretel, The Tempest and Rehearsing The Repertoire (Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds); Showstopper (Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds and Jermyn St Theatre); The Importance of Being Earnest and Centenary Gala (Harrogate Theatre); Mouse & Mole (Tiebreak); The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Starlight - The Dreamcatchers and The Borrowers (Snap) and The Wonkey Donkey (Blunderbus).
Pantomime - seventeen seasons, including for Qdos, Evolution, First Family Entertainment and The Hiss & Boo Company, and Liverpool’s Capital of Culture Pantomime, Cinderella at Liverpool Empire, starring Cilla Black.
Television - musical supervisor for David Hasselhoff on Piers Morgan Life Stories and This Morning (ITV1).
Practitioner - Composer in Residence, Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds; visiting musical director for National Youth Music Theatre, Arts Educational School, Guildford School of Acting, Italia Conti, Laine Theatre Arts, Mountview and The Urdang.