Charles Francis is currently in his second year studying for an undergraduate degree in Organ Performance from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. He studies organ with Daniel Moult and Nicholas Wearne as well as receiving regular opportunities to study with Prof. Martin Schmeding (Leipzig) and Nathan Laube (Stuttgart). Alongside his degree Charles also works as Organ Scholar at St Philip’s Cathedral, Birmingham where he regularly accompanies the cathedral choirs. Becoming a prize-winning Associate of the Royal College of Organists while still studying for his A-levels, it was during this time he also maintained regular deputising roles at Canterbury and Rochester Cathedrals. This presented the opportunity to work with various choral ensembles from the UK, USA, Canada and the Netherlands. Engagements have also taken him to St Edmundsbury, Portsmouth and St Paul’s Cathedrals as well as St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
As a soloist recent recital venues have included St Marylebone Church, London, St Lawrence Jewry, London and St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham. Since winning First Prize in The Dame Gillian Weir Messiaen Competition in 2019, Charles has increasingly become in demand as a performer.