About the label
The primary aim of FS Records is to curate a collection of music from all periods and styles that is worthy of greater attention, either because it has been neglected, or because it hasn’t yet been made available on record. Join us on a journey through imaginative programmes that contextualise these new discoveries in, and contrast them with, more familiar works, as well as shining a light on new and exciting performers.
FS Records was founded in Autumn 2018 by Francis Shepherd, initially to release a recording of mostly unheard lute music from the early 16th century by his father, lutenist and lutemaker Martin Shepherd. As well as undertaking concert recording work and other projects, the label’s second album, A Ceremony of Psalms was released in November 2019, with several projects planned for 2020. These include a disc of English brass music, a disc of choral music by a living female composer, and an album of lute music from Elizabethan London. All of these projects will include a substantial number of previously unrecorded works.
Who we are
Francis Shepherd – Label founder
Francis took up the cello aged 7, more recently becoming a first-study singer under the tutelage of Carys Lane, Richard Strivens, and Ben Hoadley amongst others. After schooling in Manchester, he completed a gap year working at The Manchester Grammar School. He also sang with the Rodolfus Choir, engagements including a BBC Radio 3 Broadcast and a tour to the East coast of the US.
Francis then read for a BA in Music at University College, Oxford, during which time he was a Choral Exhibitioner with the Choir of Merton College, Oxford, a member of Schola Cantorum of Oxford, organ scholar at St Barnabas Church, Jericho and was also active as a conductor with a range of student ensembles and choirs, including the Oxford University Wind Orchestra, and worked with the Oxford University Philharmonia as well as several college chapel choirs, both as a conductor and organist. Francis was also in demand as a dep for several of Oxford’s elite choral ensembles. As a soloist, engagements took him as far afield as Salisbury.
Francis’s compositions have been performed by several choirs in Oxford, including those of University, St John’s, and Merton colleges. After 3.5 years in Truro, where he was a Tenor Lay Vicar in the renowned Cathedral Choir & Music Coordinator at Truro School, Francis now lives in Nottingham, working as a cello and singing teacher, alongside running the label and operating as a freelance recording engineer and producer. When not working, Francis can be found exploring the outdoors and engaging in his passion for landscape photography.
Find out more about him at www.francisshepherd.co.uk