Guest Geoff McMahon Posted January 13, 2014 Share Posted January 13, 2014 I am sure the members of this discussion board will be saddened to hear that Bill Drake died on Saturday after a long illness. Bill produced a number of significant instruments over the years, one of the most recent being the new organ in the crypt of St Paul's Cathedral in London. His work was always of the highest standard, following historic principles and also very interesting tonally. He was also something of a loner, he never wanted to join either the ISO or the IBO, preferring to paddle his own canoe without outside interference. But there is no doubting the quality of his work. Knowing his time was limited, he ensured an orderly passing over of the firm to his experienced team, so the firm will continue without a break. It is currently working on the restoration of the very interesting Bridge organ at Christ Church Spitalfields, which is due for completion later on this year. Bill was one of only two British organ builders to train in Germany right up to completion of the German Master's Certificate. John Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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