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Francis, Sarah (oboe)
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Sarah Francis (oboe)

The leading oboe soloist Sarah Francis was born in London. Her parents were the flautist John Francis and the famous harpsichordist Millicent Silver. She studied with Terence MacDonagh at the Royal College of Music and with Pierre Pierlot in Paris.

Her first solo recording was of Benjamin Britten’s Six Metamorphoses after Ovid for oboe solo, which the composer invited her to play at the Aldeburgh Festival. Her third recording of these wonderful pieces is on the Hyperion Helios label. She has broadcast regularly for the BBC in recitals and concerto performances including the Royal Albert Hall Promenade Concerts, where she appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra playing Gordon Crosse’s concerto Ariadne which he composed for her. She has given many solo performances in the South Bank concert halls in London, and all over Britain, including the Mozart and Strauss concertos. In 1985 she played Lutoslawski’s Double Concerto for oboe and harp, conducted by the composer, at the Dartington International Summer School. Composers who have written works for her include Gordon Crosse, Stephen Dodgson, Gordon Jacob, William Mathias, Anthony Payne and Phyllis Tate.

Sarah Francis is a Fellow of the Royal College of Music and director of The London Harpsichord Ensemble. Apart from participating regularly at Dartington, she has given masterclasses at many leading European music conservatoires ranging from Moscow and Kiev to Geneva.

Her recordings for Hyperion include not only all of Benjamin Britten’s oboe music, but also Rutland Boughton’s Oboe Concerto No 1 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vernon Handley, the Oboe Concertos of Mozart and Franz Krommer, English music for oboe and piano including the important Sonata by Herbert Howells (of which she gave the belated world premiere), and some very attractive and unusual eighteenth-century Czech chamber works for oboe and strings.

Albums
'Boughton: String Quartets & Oboe Quartet No 1' (CDA66936)
Boughton: String Quartets & Oboe Quartet No 1
'Boughton: Symphony No 3 & Oboe Concerto No 1' (CDH55019)
Boughton: Symphony No 3 & Oboe Concerto No 1
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'Britten: Music for Oboe & Music for Piano' (CDH55154)
Britten: Music for Oboe & Music for Piano
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'Krommer & Mozart: Oboe Concertos' (CDH55080)
Krommer & Mozart: Oboe Concertos
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'Music for oboe' (CDH55008)
Music for oboe
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'Oboe Quintets' (CDH55015)
Oboe Quintets
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'Vanhal: 6 Quartette Concertante' (CDH55033)
Vanhal: 6 Quartette Concertante
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Complete works available for download
RUTLAND BOUGHTON  (1878-1960)
Concerto for oboe and strings No 1 in C with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley (conductor)
Oboe Quartet No 1 with The Rasumovsky Quartet
Somerset Pastoral with The Rasumovsky Quartet
Three Songs without Words for oboe quartet with The Rasumovsky Quartet
BENJAMIN BRITTEN  (1913-1976)
Phantasy Quartet, Op 2 with Galina Solodchin (violin), John Underwood (viola), Jonathan Williams (cello)
Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, Op 49
Temporal Variations with Michael Dussek (piano)
Two Insect Pieces with Michael Dussek (piano)
BERNHARD HENRIK CRUSELL  (1775-1838)
Divertimento in C major, Op 9 with The Allegri String Quartet
SIR HAMILTON HARTY  (1879-1941)
Three Pieces with Peter Dickinson (piano)
HERBERT HOWELLS  (1892-1983)
Sonata for oboe and piano with Peter Dickinson (piano)
RODOLPHE KREUTZER  (1766-1831)
Grand Quintet in C major with The Allegri String Quartet
FRANTIŠEK KROMMER  (1759-1831)
Oboe Concerto in F major, Op 37 with The London Mozart Players, Howard Shelley (conductor)
Oboe Concerto in F major, Op 52 with The London Mozart Players, Howard Shelley (conductor)
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART  (1756-1791)
Oboe Concerto in C major, K314 with The London Mozart Players, Howard Shelley (conductor)
ANTOINE REICHA  (1770-1836)
Oboe Quintet in F major, Op 107 with The Allegri String Quartet
EDMUND RUBBRA  (1901-1986)
Sonata for oboe and piano in C major, Op 100 with Peter Dickinson (piano)
JOHANN BAPTIST VANHAL  (1739-1813)
Quartet in A major, Op 7 No 5 with Tagore String Trio
Quartet in B flat major, Op 7 No 2 with Tagore String Trio
Quartet in C major, Op 7 No 6 with Tagore String Trio
Quartet in E flat major, Op 7 No 4 with Tagore String Trio
Quartet in F major, Op 7 No 1 with Tagore String Trio
Quartet in G major, Op 7 No 3 with Tagore String Trio
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
Arethusa, who, flying from the love of Alpheus the river god, was turned into a fountain  No 6 of Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, Op 49 (Britten)
Bacchus, at whose feast is heard the noise of gaggling women's tattling tongues and shouting out of boys  No 4 of Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, Op 49 (Britten)
Barcarolle: Andante languido  No 3 of Three Songs without Words for oboe quartet (Boughton)
Concerto for oboe and strings No 1 in C (Boughton)
Divertimento in C major, Op 9 (Crusell)
Faery Flout: Allegro giocoso  No 2 of Three Songs without Words for oboe quartet (Boughton)
Grand Quintet in C major (Kreutzer)
Narcissus, who fell in love with his own image and became a flower  No 5 of Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, Op 49 (Britten)
Niobe, who, lamenting the death of her fourteen children, was turned into a mountain  No 3 of Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, Op 49 (Britten)
Oboe Concerto in C major, K314 (Mozart)
Oboe Concerto in F major, Op 37 (Krommer)
Oboe Concerto in F major, Op 52 (Krommer)
Oboe Quartet No 1 (Boughton)
Oboe Quintet in F major, Op 107 (Reicha)
Pan, who played upon the reed pipe which was Syrinx, his beloved  No 1 of Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, Op 49 (Britten)
Phaeton, who made upon the chariot of the sun for one day and was hurled into the river Padus by a thunderbolt  No 2 of Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, Op 49 (Britten)
Phantasy Quartet, Op 2 (Britten)
Quartet in A major, Op 7 No 5 (Vanhal)
Quartet in B flat major, Op 7 No 2 (Vanhal)
Quartet in C major, Op 7 No 6 (Vanhal)
Quartet in E flat major, Op 7 No 4 (Vanhal)
Quartet in F major, Op 7 No 1 (Vanhal)
Quartet in G major, Op 7 No 3 (Vanhal)
Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, Op 49 (Britten)
Somerset Pastoral (Boughton)
Sonata for oboe and piano (Howells)
Sonata for oboe and piano in C major, Op 100 (Rubbra)
Temporal Variations (Britten)
The Grasshopper  No 1 of Two Insect Pieces (Britten)
The Wasp  No 2 of Two Insect Pieces (Britten)
Three Pieces (Harty)
Three Songs without Words for oboe quartet (Boughton)
Two Insect Pieces (Britten)
Whence! Andante delicato  No 1 of Three Songs without Words for oboe quartet (Boughton)
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