Peake, Ethel Marguerite

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Peake, Ethel Marguerite

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Ethel Marguerite Peake was born in Twickenham, England, 27 January 1885. She studied voice and piano in England and then went to study voice with Herr Frans Zimmerman in Berlin and Signor Manlio di Veroli in Rome. At the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, Peake was under contract to the Charlottenburg Opera in Berlin. She returned to England and sang with the Beecham Opera Company until she emigrated to Canada in 1923. She worked in Toronto, Ontario, as a radio artist and taught at the Conservatory of Music. In 1936 Peake was appointed Head of the Vocal program at Mount Allison, a post she held until her death in Sackville, New Brunswick, 25 July 1954. Mount Allison campus folklore includes a tale that her spirit continues to haunt Hart Hall.


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