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A native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Frances Farrell pursued her music studies in Winnipeg, graduating with both Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees from the University of Manitoba. She subsequently earned a Master’s Degree and Artist’s Diploma in Vocal Performance from McGill University. Frances graduated with her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Toronto. Currently, Fran is based in Halifax where she directs a community choir called the Dartmouth Choral Society as well as two senior high choirs as part of the Halifax Regional Arts Program. In addition to her role as a high school music educator, Fran has worked as a choral clinician in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba, and Alberta.

Lullaby to an Ancient River

by Robbie Smith, arr. Frances Farrell

SATB with piano – CP 1986 – duration 3:55
SSAA with piano – CP 2017
Hear me, ancient river – the first line of Robbie Smith’s lyrics, captures the wistful sentiment of this pensive folk song that features charming melodies, unison singing, four-part harmonies, and a sensitive piano part that mimics the undulating strains of both Smith’s guitar accompaniment and ripples of an ancient river itself. An ideal choice for programmes about water, folk songs, nature, love, journeys, or the evening. 

Hear me ancient river
Close your weary eyes
You have traveled far this day
By the golden marshes
Warmed by the sun along your way

Painter of Wintertime

by Robbie Smith, arr. Frances Farrell

SATB with piano – CP 1958 – duration 4:10
SSA with piano – CP 1972
TTBB with piano – CP 1981
A lilting and lyrical depiction of a magical snowy morning based on Robbie Smith’s evocative lyrics and enchanting melodies that features a mixture of unison singing, four-part harmonies and an imaginative and sensitive piano accompaniment. An ideal choice for Winter-themed programs. 

Snow drift, fresh powder peaceful
Ice diamond aspen tree, tasting the wind
Snowflake, cotton and crystal
Candy cane Christmas tree, ornament sky

Painter of wintertime of smooth wispy swirl
Painter of wintertime, your canvas the world

Winter Proverbs

by Frances Farrell

TTBB a cappella –  CP 1590 – duration circa 7:00

Winner of Chor Leoni’s inaugural C4 composition competition in 2017, this a cappella suite for men’s voices uses secular texts to depict the many shades of winter. This suite can be performed as a group or, alternatively, the last movement can be performed as a standalone work. A highly versatile set of pieces featuring moments of effervescence, humour, and solace, Winter Proverbs will be a welcome addition to your seasonal program.








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