Frances Novillo is a singer and leader of song in its many forms.  Frances possesses a remarkable capacity to recognise and develop other peoples' unrealised vocal talents.  Her infectious enthusiasm and compelling delivery instils confidence in individuals, groups and even large crowds of 'would-be' singers.  For contact details, please click here.

Frances is available to plan, support and lead music and liturgy for churches, schools and religious organisations.  She works for individual churches, Deaneries, Dioceses, Circuits, and partner organisations - including this year: Musicademy, National Network of Pastoral Musicians, Society of Saint Gregory, and Council for Christians and Jews.


Frances has acted as cantor, animateur and music director at Westminster Cathedral, Southwark Cathedral, and Wembley Arena. She was a cantor at the Papal Mass in Cofton Park, Birmingham, and has conducted choirs in many secular venues, including the Royal Albert Hall.

Courses and Formation   Frances leads workshops and courses and delivers addresses on liturgy and music including:

  • Songs of Sorrow and Salvation: music for Lent, Holy Week & Easter
  • Demystifying Music and Take Note: learning to read written music
  • Singing for the Scared: informal singing training for those who think they can't sing
  • CCRS Liturgy in Schools module in the Diocese of Westminster
  • INSET for primary and secondary school staff and chaplains

Frances has delivered training for the Catholic Independent Schools Conference, London School of Theology, Heythrop College and Mount Street Jesuit Centre.  She has spoken at conferences in Rome and at Cuddesdon College, Oxford, and addressed an audience with Cardinal Arinze and Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor at Westminster Cathedral.  She has trained clergy and lay ministers in the Dioceses of St Albans, Birmingham, West Yorkshire, Westminster, at SEITE and Walsingham, and led music for the Birmingham Clergy Conference.


Ecumenical   Frances has sung, played and conducted at large-scale international Taizé worship in London, in Bradford and at the Greenbelt festival.  She has led music at the National Assembly of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.  She has facilitated guided retreats at Scargill House in north Yorkshire and Iona Abbey, where she was resident musician throughout 2000.


Churches   As Music Director in the parish of Mary Immaculate and St Gregory the Great in High Barnet, Frances plays, sings and plans; recruits, teaches and trains singers and musicians of all ages and abilities; and encourages the song of the clergy and congregations.  Frances has a particular passion for developing participatory music-making in traditional liturgies and contemporary forms.  


Community   Frances is a member of the National Network of Pastoral Musicians and Society of Saint Gregory.  She can contribute to multi-lingual worship and has co-ordinated music for the annual Mass for Migrants involving music in many languages from parishes across three Dioceses.   Frances can communicate with those who are deaf-blind and has led music in workshops and worship with people with learning difficulties.  She has trained in music, worship and disability.


Education   Frances teaches piano, guitar, recorder and singing to groups of adults and children, and individuals, and uses music to promote links between church schools and their wider parishes, including improving liturgy in schools.  Frances is qualified in Adult and Community Education.

Solo song   Frances' solo performances are whole-hearted and sensitive to the occasion, be it worship or entertainment.  Her mezzo-soprano range blends beautifully in choirs large and small.  Solo performances include folk music, songs from the shows, music hall and classical repertoire.  She is a Fellow of the Incorporated Society of Musicians.


Media   Frances sang on Marty Haugen's Turn My Heart, O God in Minneapolis and sang and played guitar on John L. Bell’s One is the Body with the Wild Goose Worship Group.  You can hear here rehearsing here: and delivering online basic cantor training here: under Liturgy and Music Resources: The Cantor.  Frances has appeared on BBC Songs of Praise, BBC Proms commentary, and during the extensive television coverage Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Britain in September 2010.

In Print  Frances has a regular column in the Society of Saint Gregory's Music and Liturgy magazine, and has been published in ISM Music Journal, Liturgy Planner, ABCD Mastersinger, RSCM Church Music Quarterly and Sunday by Sunday, Thinking Faith, Spirit of the Season, The Tablet, and Church Times.  Read more here...