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Henry Brougham Farnie

H B Farnie

Keith Drummond Sharp is one of our active Members, I have known him for many years through activities in the U3A. and as a volunteer at the Hawth Theatre Crawley.

He has spent six years

researching the life of Henry Brougham Farnie who was a successful librettist and composer contemporary with Gilbert and Sullivan, all three men being influenced by each other; unfortunately the works of Farnie are almost unknown today.

Keith’s biography of Farnie:–
           “Bouffonnerie Musicale : The Story of H. B. Farnie” is effectively the definitive work on Farnie and received some great reviews from both academic journals and society journals.

The information in the next  section has been provided by Keith, or is from his book.

Edwin Cowley


1091-198 Keith Sharp in the audio description booth at the Hawth Crawley