In association with
Prof Francis Pott

MA [Cantab.]
MusB [Cantab.]
Instruments: Piano
Keyboard skills
Harmony & Counterpoint
Music History
Use of Sibelius for typesetting
Genre/Style(s): Classical
Ability Levels: Intermediate to Advanced



Since 2001 I have worked at London College of Music, in the University of West London. I was its Director before stepping sideways to become its Head of Composition and also Head of Research across the University's entire Faculty of Arts. In 2007 was appointed to the University's first ever Chair in Composition, a post I continue to hold despite going part-time in 2018. Before LCM I was John Bennett Lecturer in Music at St Hilda's College, Oxford University, for 9 years, also teaching for over half the colleges of the University and setting and marking undergraduate examinations.

As a composer I've had my work performed and broadcast in over 40 countries worldwide, issued on nearly 40 separate global CD releases, and published by six major houses in the UK, including Edition Peters, with whom I signed an exclusive contract for all of my sacred choral and organ music in 2013. I have received four national and two international awards for my compositions and have been a nominated finalist twice in the BASCA/BBC Annual Composer Awards. In 2004 I was awarded Honorable Mention in the US-based Barlow Award, placed second in a global field of 362 professional composers.

For me, being a pianist is mainly a means to another end (composition), and I choose to see it as merely one facet of 'being a musician': a very useful one! Hence my listing of 'keyboard skills' alongside 'the piano'. I haven't set out to pursue a performing career, but nonetheless I have performed in London's Wigmore Hall, have played with professional orchestras, have been heard three times playing my own music on BBC Radio Three (in CD form), and in 2012 performed Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto in Guildford Cathedral with the Brandenburg Sinfonia. I am resident accompanist for the Guildford-based Vivace Chorus, and widely recognised for the quality of my sight reading as well as sensitivity in accompanying - especially for singers (I was an Oxford chorister in childhood, and an adult lay clerk in the Choir of Winchester Cathedral from 1991 to 2001).

My work in education means I am hugely experienced - and sympathetic - in confronting the things that frighten or confuse young students. In particular, having screened student applications at undergraduate entry level for many years, including aspiring film composers, I'm acutely aware of the things that these days get passed by - because the teachers themselves are by now products of an education system that doesn't endow them with many academic skills in handling the nuts and bolts of music. I was writing pastiche Bach at the age of 10 (self-taught) and being guided through 8-part polyphonic counterpoint at the age of 15 - but I know how lucky I was, and I want to pass some of that luck back to anybody who starts to get nervous when things are mentioned such as 'perfect cadence', 'inverted triad' (not a row of upside-down Chinamen) and - worst of all, perhaps - 'fugue'!

As a pianist, I believe in educating the ear and the harmonic/structural awareness as well as the physical dimension. If I can play something in the key it was written in, I can play it by ear in any other key as well. It takes years of experience, but there are painless ways to get you moving along the spectrum of musical learning at your own speed. I don't bite!

I'm potentially available for one-off consultations, accompanying or regular arrangements, with effect from September 2018. I'm based in Winchester, but would consider reaching Oxford and am able to be in Guildford on Monday afternoons.

Contact Francis

Address: Littleton
SO22 6PS
Phone: 01962 885874
Mobile: 07771 640534

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