Jane Francis is a cellist and viola da gambist with many years of playing, tutoring, and teaching experience. Specialising in period instrument performance, she is equally at home playing either on the cello or on the gamba. She has played with many leading ensembles and artists and given solo recitals on the viola da gamba partnered by Colin Booth, John Wellingham, Helena Brown, and Peter Lea Cox.
She was a co-director of the South West based ensemble Continuo that specialised in “one to a part” performances of Bach Cantatas. She is a regular player with Marches Baroque and plays in a Renaissance viol consort along with David Hatcher, with whom she runs a Viol Consort course at Hawkwood College, where for many years she ran annual baroque chamber music courses. She is the longest serving tutor on Baroque Week, and tutored for a great many years on the Easter Early Music Week.
With performing and teaching being inextricably linked for her, she has worked abroad in Finland, Hungary, and the Ukraine, to pursue the very best concepts that develop the art of teaching and musicianship.