Francis Faux

Director

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 recorded multiple Gramophone award-winning albums as a chorister, toured extensively to Europe and was also interviewed on Radio 4's Midweek Choice.

 

He went on to be awarded a top scholarship to Eton College where he learned to conduct under the guidance of Ralph Allwood, culminating in his co-direction of the album Christmas Music from Eton College. He also frequently 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.

Since graduating with a first-class degree in music at Durham and Bath Spa University, he has played in concert with Hayley Westenra, Aled Jones and Rhydian Roberts as well as conducted The Bath Chorus with the Central Band of the Royal Air Force. He has also accompanied for the International Guitar Festival and acted as repetiteur for Bath Opera and the Devizes, Chippenham and Bath Light Operatic Groups in productions of The Pajama Game, Sweeney Todd, The Jewels of the Madonna and Massenet's Cendrillon.

His mixed voice choir, Lucis, which he founded in 2015, have established themselves as one of the leading choirs in the Southwest and have toured the Czech Republic, Italy and the United States. Highlights include performing at 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.

More recently, Lucis and Noctis performed in a televised festival of music and dance for St Patrick’s Day in Armagh Cathedral and Noctis commissioned a new piece for their 2020 spring concert by Russell Hepplewhite. 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.

Francis is also an experienced piano teacher and works as an examiner for ABRSM, both in the UK and internationally, and is a member of the Association of British Choral Directors.