Admired for her originality, fluency and professionalism, Cheryl Frances-Hoad has been composing to commission since she was fifteen. She trained as a cellist and pianist at the Menuhin School before going on to Cambridge and King's College, London.
Classical tradition, along with diverse contemporary inspirations including literature, painting and dance, have contributed to a creative presence provocatively her own, described as 'Intricate in argument, sometimes impassioned, sometimes mercurial, always compelling in its authority' (Robin Holloway, The Spectator).
Cheryl's output addresses all genres from opera, ballet and concerto to song, chamber and solo music. Her work has been widely premiered, broadcast and commercially recorded, reaching audiences from the Proms to outreach workshops.