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Frances began studying the bassoon as a teenager with Martin Gatt, and after graduating from Surrey University, she won a Countess of Munster Award to study with Roger Birnstingl at the Geneva Conservatoire (Gold medal, Classe de Perfectionnement).
Upon her return to Britain she freelanced, playing with the Halle Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Scottish Ballet and giving recitals at The Wigmore Hall, The Purcell Room, the Barbican and St. John's Smith Square.
She fell in love with the sound of "original instruments" when her friend and colleague, Jeremy Ward, lent her his baroque bassoon while he was on holiday and so began her distinguished career in the field of early music. Since 1983 she has performed with all the leading orchestras in London and many in Germany, Belgium and Holland. She has been involved in award winning recordings with Tavener Players, The London Classical Players, Gabrieli Players, Ensemble Sonnerie and was a member of The London Oboe Band. She was a member of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment from 1989 to 1996 and her solo CD on instruments from 1600 to 1910 (The Finchcocks Collection) is regularly broadcast across the world from the ABC to the BBC.
In 1990 she began studying the viola da gamba with Sarah Cunningham and now plays it also professionally.
In 1995 Frances took some time away from full-
Since moving to Wessex in 2004 she has returned to music full-
In March 2009 Frances was awarded a MA in Medieval Studies from Bristol University and is now studying for a Doctorate on the topic of 'Secular Medieval Carolling'.
She is the 'loud winds tutor' for Cambridge Early Music Summer Schools.
Her fastest marathon time is 3 hours 57 mins. (Amsterdam 1991) and in 1998 she won the Runners World Cup at the Venice Marathon.