Frank Moon

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Raised in Cornwall, Frank trained at Birmingham Conservatoire, graduating with several composition awards and prizes, and went on to hold a lecturing post at Coventry University, whilst also performing and composing professionally.

Eventually leaving the lecturing post to work as a freelance performer and composer, Frank's skills as a guitar and oud (Arabic lute) player have been much in demand, and his passion for music of all cultures has led him to work in a multitude of genres.

He has toured widely in the USA, Canada and Europe, and has been a regular performer with artists such as Cerys Matthews, The Destroyers, Mediaeval Baebes, Trio Manouche, Bev Lee Harling and many more, as well as leading his own Desert Groove Band.

In 2009 Frank formed The Urban Folk Quartet with Joe Broughton, Paloma Trigas and Tom Chapman. Winning an international competition in Spain on only their 4th gig and quickly gaining a reputation with audiences and critics alike for their virtuosic and entertaining shows, the UFQ are now touring prolifically in the UK and Europe with 3 albums to their name.

Frank's recent work as a composer includes several collaborations with choreographer Arthur Pita, most notably 'The Metamorphosis' – commissioned by the Royal Opera House, which won an Olivier award and a South Bank award in 2012, as well as the Critic's Circle award in 2013, and is soon to be seen in New York after sell out runs in London. This year he also composed the scores for the Birmingham Rep's centenery production of Philip Pullman's 'I Was A Rat', and The Wrong Crowd's production 'Hag', which is currently touring the UK after a run at the Edinburgh festival this year. Frank now lives in Hastings.

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