Francis studied music at Pembroke College, Oxford and the Royal College of Music, London. He took early retirement from a 30 year teaching career in 1994. Since then he has devoted himself to researching and editing West Gallery church music. His doctoral thesis included the first modern edition of some West Gallery manuscripts from the Isle of Man. He is an active member of the West Gallery Music Association.
In addition to acting as Musical Director of the London Gallery Quire, Francis organises workshops on West Gallery Music. He has organised five weekend courses at Little Benslow, in Hertfordshire, four in Pembroke College Chapel, Oxford, and four lectures/workshops at the Royal Holloway University of London. He is particularly keen to promote the use of West Gallery music in modern church services and to this end he has led workshops, often followed by an evensong in many places, eg Goring-on-Thames (Oxon), Stow-cum-Quy (Cambs), Tisbury (Wilts), Leytonstone (Essex), Norwich (evensong televised by Anglia TV), Hadleigh (Suffolk), Hastings (Sussex) and Douglas (Isle of Man) as well as in the USA.
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