Born in London, Frank Bayford was educated at Enfield Grammar School and then went on to study pharmacy at what is now Portsmouth University. Most of his professional career was spent at Chase Farm Hospital, Enfield, where he was for many years Head of Pharmacy and also Guest Lecturer in pharmaceutics to the medical and nursing staff. He took early retirement from the Health Service in 1988.
He is mainly self-taught as a composer and has written over 100 works, ranging from solo piano pieces to orchestral items. As well as in Britain, his work has been performed as far away as Alaska and Austin, Texas in the USA and Lisbon in Portugal.
In 1974, Bayford was instrumental in forming the Compass Composers Association. This organisation gave many first performances of new music from the late 1970s and formed a publishing division, Modus Music, which now has a catalogue of over 300 varied items. In recognition of his support for music locally in Enfield (where he has been a lifelong resident), he was made President of the Enfield String Players in 1993. This well-established orchestra has premièred several of his works.