Francis Clifford has been a professional trumpet player for the last 20 years. As well as performing all styles of music from opera to jazz, Francis also holds teaching positions in a number of independent schools in England and Wales. Francis has written many compositions for young brass players in recent years. Although his music has been written mainly for educational use, his work has been very popular with audiences. In July 2007 Francis accepted the position of "Composer in Residence" with the City of Cardiff (Melingriffith) Brass Band.