Francis Murton BMus, LRAM, LTCL, ARCO, ACIEAAn experienced teacher with over 25 years in the classroom, Francis was until recently, Director of Music at Wolverhampton Grammar School and held similar positions at St Edmund's School, Canterbury and Wrekin College in Shropshire. In addition to his work in schools, he has been a senior examiner, setting national standards for performance at GCSE for the past eleven years, and delivering training to teachers and students.
Francis began his organ studies with David Flood at Canterbury Cathedral, and took up his first organ post at Tonge (Kent) at the age of 11. He read music at Sheffield University, studying the organ with Simon Lindley, where he won the performance prize and moved to the Royal Academy of Music for a post-graduate year. There he studied organ performance with Christopher Bowers-Broadbent and Church Music studies with Patrick Russill.
Before going into full-time teaching, Francis was Director of Music at Luton Parish Church, where he was responsible for training the large all male choir, worked for the New School of Organ Studies and also set up and Directed the St Alban's RSCM Organists' Training Scheme.
As a recitalist, Francis has performed throughout the country, performing at Coventry, Lichfield, Birmingham, Hereford, Chichester and Sheffield Cathedral (giving a complete performance of Messiaen's "La Nativite"), He is a regular accompanist for two choirs for whom he has played and directed in Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Cathedral and St George's Windsor.