Frances studied music at Dartington College of Arts in Devon where she studied piano under Margaret Gulley, recorder under Piers Adams and violin under Malcolm Latchem. Working as a peripatetic music teacher/accompanist, Frances has taught piano, recorder and violin all across the country in many different places, delivering individual and group instrumental tuition and teaching curriculum music.
Frances currently teaches piano in three Somerset schools including Wells Cathedral School, the violin at Bridgwater College and is a piano accompanist at Richard Huish College in Taunton. She is very much enjoying her Saturday work including teaching piano, singing and general musicianship at Centre for Young Musicians Taunton.
Frances is the regular accompanist for The Burnham & Highbridge Choral Society and also plays for other societies on occasions and has performed Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and the Brahms Requiem with Bridgwater Choral Society and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with South Petherton and Weston Choral Societies.
A keen singer, Frances is a member of and administrator for The Phoenix Singers in Taunton and sings with Somerset Songster as well as with her Church choir. She is the musical director for the musical theatre group in Burnham-on-Sea – BEES, and enjoys working with both the children and adults in this group. They are a group who perform regularly at The Princess Theatre in Burnham and recently they performed Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods.
For many years Frances has been a member of The Mendip Recorder Consort, however she is taking a break this season due to her other work commitments.
In contrast to her musical interests, Frances has much fun in her role as a Brownie Leader.
To enquire about music lessons with Frances at CYMT please contact the office on 07754 217993.