Organ Builder

Established in 1974

By Appointment to

Her Majesty the Queen

Organ Builder

William Drake, Buckfastleigh



Contact Information

Our Work

Postal Address:

The John Loosemore Centre  Map

Chapel Street



TQ11 0AB


List of Organs

Current Projects



Hire Organs

Contact William Drake

E-mail address: william.drake@btinternet.com


Web address: www.williamdrake.co.uk

'Grosvenor' Temperament

Workshop phone: +44 (0)1364 642623

'Hamburg' Temperament

Facsimile number:

only with prior notice 

+44 (0)1364 642623

Environmental & Social Policies


Redundant J. C. Bishop Organ

Mobile phone: +44 (0)7850 841850

Our Work

William Drake culminated his apprenticeship and work as a journeyman with the building of a small two-manual and pedal organ, now at Bristol University, for which he was awarded the German Certificate of Master Organ Builder by the Chamber of Commerce in Stuttgart.
The organ workshop was established Buckfastleigh in 1974 as part of the John Loosemore Centre for Organ and Early Music, a teaching establishment which combined tuition in organ playing, given by John Wellingham, with lectures in organ history, design and construction.  These were supplemented with practical experience of organ building in the adjacent workshop. The teaching at the Centre was suspended in 1988 without affecting the output of the workshop, which continues as an independent entity.
The work of the firm has developed towards creating organs with a strong stylistic identity, greatly influenced by the restoration of several English organs. Current new work takes inspiration from English organs of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
All instruments built by the firm have mechanical key and stop action.

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List of Organs

Complete list of new organs since 1975

Complete list of reconstructed and renovated organs since 1978

Complete list of restored organs since 1985

Lulworth Castle Chapel, Dorset 1986/89 (Restoration)

St Mary Undercroft, Houses of Parliament, London 1999 (New Organ)

Kensington Palace Chapel - Installation in the refurbished Chapel of the 1790 Samuel Green Organ from the former Private Chapel at Buckingham Palace (2002)
Buckingham Palace, Ballroom Organ (Renovation)
St Paul's, Deptford - New organ, with existing casework and facade pipes by Griffin, ca 1745
1857 Robson organ for Queen's University, Belfast - Reconstruction and Restoration
St Anne, Limehouse - Restoration of 1851 Gray & Davison Organ
St Giles-in-the-Fields, London - Reconstruction of organ
Christ’s Chapel of God’s Gift at Dulwich - Reconstruction of 1760 George England organ
Lincoln College, Oxford - New organ

House Organ for Nigel Gardner, Esq. Reconstruction of Roger Yates Organ ex-Dartington College of Arts

Sutton Organ for Jesus College, Cambridge

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Current Projects