The English bass, Francis Steele, was born in Liverpool, home of the Beatles, and, in past times, a great sea port on the West coast of England: indeed, his father worked in the docks, and later, as a sailor in the Merchant Navy. Although his was not a musical family, he was encouraged to develop musical interests at school, and later at Oxford University, where he was taught by two pioneers of the polyphonic repertory, Dr. Bernard Rose and David Wulstan. They imbued him with a love to polyphony, and they also stressed the importance of the need to reconcile academic research to modern performance.
For the past 20 years Francis Steele has worked with many exciting English groups - particularly The Tallis Scholars (Director: Peter Phillips), with whom he has given more than one thousand concerts, as well as Gabrieli Consort (Director: Paul McCreesh) and The Sixteen (Director: Harry Christophers)..
Whilst making his Hungarian debut in Budapest last December, Francis Steele made contact with members of the Banchieri Singers; deeply impressed by the quality of their singing, Francis is coming to Nyíregyháza to explore and learn; to offer, in return, the fruits of his own experience; and to promote Anglo-Hungarian friendship in a universal language - Music.