Francis, Alun (b Kidderminster, 1954). Eng. conductor and horn-player. Played hn. in Hallé and Bournemouth SO. Took up cond. 1965. Cond., Ulster Orch. 1966–7, N. Ireland Opera Trust 1974–84; dir., Northwest Chamber Orch., Seattle, 1980–5, Overijssels PO, Holland, 1985–7; chief cond. NW Ger. PO and Berlin SO from 1989. In 1978 cond. revival of Donizetti's Gabriella di Vergy in Belfast.
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