Farnell, Audrey

Audrey (Bernice) Farnell. Soprano, teacher, b Amherst, NS, 28 Jul 1921. She studied 1937-40 at the Mount Allison Cons with Ethel Peake and 1942-5 at the TCM (RCMT) with George Lambert and was a winner in the 1945-6 'Singing Stars of Tomorrow'. She continued her training 1946-8 with Lotte Leonard in New York and 1957-8 with Roy Henderson at the RAM. She sang 1949-51 with the Nova Scotia Opera Association and starred on CBC Halifax radio's 'Songs by Audrey Farnell' (1951) and, with Leonard Mayoh, on 'Sketches of Songs' (1952). She has been a soloist with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, theOttawa Choral Union, the Montreal Elgar Choir, the Halifax Choral Society, the Hamilton Bach Choir, and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (Poulenc's Gloria under Charles Munch at the Vancouver International Festival, 1 Jul 1964). As a recitalist she has toured frequently in the Maritimes and performed in many other Canadian centres and on CBC radio's 'Distinguished Artists' and 'CBC Wednesday Night'. She is heard as Lilla on the CBC Vancouver (Chamber) Orchestra recording of Martin y Soler's opera, Una Cosa Rara (CBC SM-217). She taught 1978-9 at the Alberta College Music Centre, then began teaching in 1979 at the RCMT and was a consultant for its voice syllabus published in 1991. In many years of teaching, Farnell's pupils have included Gaelyne Gabora and others active in the profession.