FRANCIS POTT (b 1957 )
A chorister at New College, Oxford, Francis Pott held music scholarships at Winchester College and Magdalene College, Cambridge, studying composition under Robin Holloway and Hugh Wood and the piano privately with Hamish Milne in London. Recipient of four national awards for composition, in 1997 he also gained first prize in the solo piano section of the Prokofiev International Composing Competition, Moscow. From 1991 to 2001 he was John Bennett Lecturer in Music at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, and also an adult member of the Choir of Winchester Cathedral under the direction of Dr David Hill. In 2001 he became head of London College of Music, University of West London, acceding in 2007 to the University’s first chair of composition. His works have been performed and broadcast in over thirty countries worldwide, published by four major houses in the UK and widely recorded. Francis Pott lives with his wife and two children on the outskirts of Winchester.