Meet the Artists: Fran Lobo

Meet Fran! A Spitalfields Music Trainee Music Leader, who’s working with The Cherry Trees School for our Takeover Spring Festival day.

Could you tell us a little but about yourself?

My name is Fran Lobo and I will be working at with students at Cherry Trees this term. I am singer, songwriter, producer, arranger and lover of music making!

What are you most looking forward to about your school’s Takeover festival?

I am really looking forward to creating an original piece of music with these young music makers and being inspired by all of their exciting ideas.

How did you come to start making music?

I’ve always been passionate about music and its been an addiction since a young age. The first proper composition I created was for my AS-Level Music coursework and I wrote a song called Jamie about somebody close to me and performed it accompanying myself on piano for my school concert. From that moment I knew I wanted to continue writing music forever.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

My biggest inspiration and love is my Dad because he has always supported my goals and ambitions from a young age and is a great lover of music too.

The list of musicians and artists I am inspired by is endless. However currently I am rinsing Peter Gabriel-his diverse work includes collaborations with African musicians through to Kate Bush (who I also love) to amazing funky 80s dance tracks and I admire his vocal melodies and ambitious songwriting.

When you’re not making music, what do you get up to?

I love heading to my local cinema, the Hackney Picturehouse, and checking out some great movies. Most recently, I saw Birdman which was amazing. I live right opposite Victoria Park too and enjoy strolling through and down the canal and maybe heading to a nice cafe on Broadway Market with friends.

Could you share three favourite projects you’ve worked on recently?

Producing my debut EP and collaborating with some fantastic producers and musicians to create a piece of work I am truly proud of, arranging and leading a choral composition of Running Up That Hill, one of my favourite songs of all time, with women’s choir Women Sing East, working with incredible vocal leader, Laka D and working and performing with the Roundhouse Choir, a fabulous choir for young people led by the wonderful Osnat Schmool.