Francis Gush is an English countertenor and graduate of the Royal College of Music under the tutelage of Lawrence Zazzo, Dinah Harris, and Veronica Veysey-Campbell.
In 2018 Francis completed a season as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, having been cast as the solo singer in a production of John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi at the Swan Theatre in Stratford. Francis was honoured to have performed as a soloist at the memorial of John Barton, alongside international stars of the stage such as Dame Judy Dench, Sir Patrick Stewart, and Sir Ian McKellen.
Previous operatic engagements include Arsace in Hampstead Garden Opera’s run of Handel’s Partenope, which The Stage described as ‘a blowaway performance’. He has also performed in the Merry Opera Company’s staged Messiah Tour, and performed the role of Porfiri in the premiere of Benjamin Leuke’s Crime and Punishment directed by Bill Bankes-Jones (Royal College of Music, International Opera School).
In 2019 Francis performed in Purcell’s The Indian Queen under Emmanuelle Haim at the Opéra de Lille, Purcell’s The Fairy Queen with the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment in Bucharest, and Handel’s Semele with English Voices and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. In 2020 he was invited to perform as a soloist by Steven Isserlis in his Wigmore Hall recital, which The Arts Desk described as ‘a show-stealing turn.’ He has performed as a soloist in the Monteverdi Vespers with St Bartholomew Choral Society at Cadogan Hall and will perform as David in Saul with the Exeter Bach Society in September.
In addition to his solo work, Francis has sung with a number of renowned ensembles including the Gabrieli Consort, Siglo de Oro, Choir of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the English Voices. He took part in the Genesis Sixteen training course and has regularly sung in the choirs of St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Cathedral.