Francis Pott

b. 1957

Francis Pott has acquired a national and international reputation as a composer over the past twenty-five years. His dramatic and emotionally challenging music unites a distinctive personal voice with a highly disciplined but versatile technique rooted in a keen awareness of the past. To date his works (including a steady flow of major commissions) have been heard across the U.K. and also at prestigious venues in Eire, France, Belgium, Italy, Madeira, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Russia, Canada, the U.S.A. and Australia.

A chorister in the 1960s at New College, Oxford, as an adult Francis served in the Choirs of the Temple Church, London (1987-1991) and Winchester Cathedral (1991-2001), but as a performer he is primarily a pianist (with past training also as an organist and second-study oboist). His performing experience has embraced jazz (as pianist in Vile Bodies, now in its second incarnation but founded originally in Oxford by the late Humphrey Carpenter), mediaeval consort music (playing reedcap instruments and recorders), choral participation at a professional level, theatre-based keyboard work and harpsichord continuo work specialising in the French Baroque. In frequent demand as a solo pianist and accompanist, he currently maintains regular piano duo partnerships with Roger Owens, former winner of the Royal Overseas League Competition, and also with Jeremy Filsell, the internationally acclaimed virtuoso pianist and organist who has been a particular champion of Francis’s own work over the past two decades.