BMG Federation Summer School
Frances conducting
at the 2010 BMG
Federation Summer

Frances is much in demand as a teacher of baroque performance and style. She is regular workshop leader for the biennial BMG Federation Festival and Rally. In 2010 she lead a Mandolin Concerto Workshop in Birmingham in which she was assisted by members of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. (See pictures) A second Concerto Workshop is planned for March 2012 in London.

In June 2010 at the Benslow Music Trust and June 2011 at Knuston Hall, Northamptonshire, Frances taught Baroque Mandolin at the BMG Federation Summer School. Below are some of the comments from participants. See pictures, and a review at

Frances has also run her own Baroque Mandolin Workshops in Bristol, Brighton, Birmingham and London (LSO St Luke’s and Trinity College of Music).

What participants said:

“Once again thank you so much for giving us all such a brilliant weekend. I learned a huge amount from you. Every time I look at a piece I will look at it through my new Italian Baroque eyes and see if I can start to make it sound more like music.”

“A huge thank you for your very generous and insightful teaching this weekend. I was happily exhausted by the end of the course, and I have come away with a great deal of information and knowledge, which I know will filter though my practice for along time to come.”

“Thank you for the huge contribution you made to the success of this year’s summer school. It was very obvious that you students enjoyed the baroque mandolin course and you had a wonderful rapport with them. The movement your class played in the closing concert was absolutely beautiful.”

Frances with participants in the 2010 BMG Federation Summer School