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Frances Novillo
Music Adviser
Based: London

Frances Novillo, CMF AdviserFrances Novillo is fascinated by congregational singing, a unique context in which all are invited to sing as a means of praying and praising, regardless of musical background or ability. She's an inspiration to those who thought they could never sing, and those who thought they could never get their congregations singing. With practical advice, an enthusiastic positive manner, and a wealth of experience in all styles of church music, Frances is available to visit your church to get everyone singing together confidently. Frances also trains the trainers, individuals who can inspire others to sing in worship, known in some places as cantors. Take a look at her basic cantor training videos at

Frances has worked in many parishes across the country, engaging participants in workshops, rehearsals and services from many more. She has led singing sessions at primary, secondary, independent, state, and special schools. She has conducted massed children's choirs at the Royal Albert Hall, and animated congregational singing at large-scale events including Mass at Wembley Arena, services and singing sessions at Greenbelt Christian arts festival, and the Papal Mass at Cofton Park with a live audience of 50 000 and many millions watching worldwide on TV and other media. Frances built up her expertise as resident musician on Iona in 2000, where she encouraged over 5000 worshippers throughout the year to join in singing in harmony music from across the world, and received training from John L. Bell.

Frances is well-known to Br Paolo of the Taize Community, who has asked her to lead and contribute to music at large-scale Taize gatherings in this country: at Greenbelt, at Bradford CofE Cathedral, at Southwark RC Cathedral, and in local churches. Frances enjoys partnership working with other church or music organisations and has provided training through the URC Musicians' Guild, Catholic Independent Schools Network, Federation of Catholic Priests. Frances directed music at the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland national assembly in 2002, and has led music-making with clergy and religious at the international conference of the Poor Servants of the Mother of God in 2005, Bradford Diocesan ministerial training in 2001, SEITE in 2011, St Alban's Diocesan ministerial training in 2013, and the Birmingham Diocesan clergy conference in 2014, as well as countless tailored individual sessions encouraging clergy to sing and lead singing.

Frances has contributed to Diocesan music days in Westminster, Salisbury, Southwark, Wrexham, and St Albans and runs regular training days for church musicians across the Diocese of Brentwood. She has sung on recordings with the Wild Goose Resource Group and Marty Haugen. This year Frances will be working with Musicademy, Council for Christians and Jews, National Network of Pastoral Musicians, Diocese of Norwich, and co-ordinating musicians from across the Dioceses of Southwark, Brentwood and Westminster contributing to the 10th annual Migrants' Mass in May. Frances has written on liturgical and musical subjects in The Tablet, ThinkingFaith, ABCD's Mastersinger, Reform (URC magazine), Decani Music's Liturgy Planner, and has a regular column in the journal of the Society of Saint Gregory, for whom she has directed music at the annual Summer School. She lives in a lay Catholic community in south Hertfordshire, is based in her own church in north London as Music Director, nurtures her faith through attending meetings of the Contemplative Spirituality Network, and is developing a deeper understanding of her work and music ministry by studying an MA in Psychology of Religion.


Telephone 07714 204201

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