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Charles Francis

Assistant Organist

Charles Francis is a British-born organist who is moving to the United States of America to undertake organ studies at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, in the studio of Prof. Nathan Laube. While in the United Kingdom Charles earned considerable recognition both as a solo recitalist and a church musician. He won First Prizes in both the IAO/RCO Organ Playing Competition (2022), the Dame Gillian Weir Messiaen Competition (2019) as well as being awarded the Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians (2022). Recent engagements include solo recitals at Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral and St John’s, Smith Square in London as well as St John’s College, Cambridge, Colchester Town Hall and most recently a solo recital during the St Alban’s International Organ Festival.

 

Charles’s undergraduate studies were at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where his organ tutors included Daniel Moult and Nicholas Wearne as well as regular opportunities to study with Prof. Martin Schmeding (Visiting Professor). Charles is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists (FRCO) and until July 2023 was Assistant Director of Music at St Peter’s Collegiate Church, Wolverhampton where recently his playing was broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Before this, Charles spent two years as Organ Scholar at St Philip’s Cathedral, Birmingham and has also held deputising roles at Rochester and Canterbury Cathedrals.