Bromley schoolboy and ‘musical genius’ given a full scholarship at Eton

PUBLISHED: 15:58 07 July 2016 | UPDATED: 15:58 07 July 2016

James Francis has won a scholarship to Eton

James Francis has won a scholarship to Eton


James Francis is a former pupil at Crofton primary school

A music prodigy from Bromley has won a coveted music scholarship at Eton.

Teenager James Francis has been described as a ‘musical genius’ and had attracted interest from prestigious independent school, Harrow, before he chose to take advantage of a full scholarship at Eton.

The former Crofton primary school pupil had previously won a scholarship to study at Westminster Abbey Choir School

Since joining the prestigious and highly selective boarding school, James has performed in a chorus at the Nelson Mandela Memorial service and to members of the Royal Family including Her Majesty the Queen.

The pianist and double bass player comes from a musical family, with all of his siblings showing a keen interest in the arts.

His older brother is currently studying at Chatham’s School of Music and has just started producing his own music, while his other brother started at Westminster Abbey Choir School last year on a similar music scholarship.

Mercy Francis is mother to James and his four siblings.

She said: “We are in shock as nobody from our family has ever been to Eton and we are still in disbelief, I was so shocked when I opened the letter - it read ‘we absolutely love him and he interviewed well’.

“I screamed and it was only days later I noticed it was written by the headmaster himself Tony Little.

The 13-year-old will start his scholarship at the school, known for educating royalty and politicians, in September.

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