Joost

About Joost de Boer

Joost Joined William Drake Ltd in 1989 and has been a managing director since 2013. Prior to joining William Drake he studied woodworking and furniture making in Rotterdam. This College education included two apprenticeships with Dutch organ builders, Firma Flentrop and Henk van Eeken. Joost is a fully qualified organ builder specialising in tonal design and voicing. He is fortunate to have 25 years of experience as assistant and voicer, working closely with William Drake.

Westminster song school organ installation

The installation of the William Drake practice organ for the new Westminster Abbey song school is scheduled to take place between the 11th and the 19th of February 2017. The instrument has reached its final stages of tonal finishing and minor technical details are receiving adjustment. This exciting new instrument will be an inspiration for tutors and [...]

By | 2017-01-26T08:31:58+00:00 January 10th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Westminster Abbey Song School – workshop photos

We are currently hard at work on the new practice organ for the Westminster Abbey Song School here at the William Drake Ltd workshop in Buckfastleigh. We've taken a few photos of the work in progress - just click on any photo to see a larger image: The finished bellows [...]

By | 2016-10-24T12:53:11+00:00 April 11th, 2016|News|0 Comments

The cleaning and overhaul of the John Nicholson organ in Schagen

William Drake Limited is proud to have been responsible for the cleaning and overhaul of the 1882 John Nicholson organ in the St Christoforus kerk in Schagen (The Netherlands). The project took from the beginning of February until the middle of June 2015, during which at least part of the organ has remained playable for services. The organ has [...]

By | 2017-04-10T12:31:03+00:00 February 1st, 2016|News|2 Comments

New Practice Organ for Westminster Abbey Song School

We are pleased to announce that William Drake Limited have been selected to design and construct a new practice organ for the new Westminster Abbey Song School. The official appointed adviser for this interesting project is Dr William McVicker. Our challenge is to design an instrument that elegantly and aesthetically meets the specification detailed below, [...]

By | 2016-10-24T12:53:12+00:00 December 16th, 2015|News|0 Comments

Re-roofing at William Drake Ltd

The re-roofing of the workshops and offices here at William Drake Ltd has been completed to an excellent standard by local craftsman Marcus Davys, as part of our programme of improvements and upgrades to the business premises. The project included repairs to woodwork, new flashings and a thorough overhaul of the guttering and downpipes. He [...]

By | 2015-10-15T14:27:13+00:00 October 22nd, 2015|News|0 Comments

New team member – Sebastian Sadel

We are pleased to announce that William Drake Ltd have appointed Sebastian Sadel as a Workshop Assistant on a one year contract to cover a gap year. He has quickly settled in to become a valued member of the team, ably assisting the organ builders with a variety of tasks in the Workshop and hopefully [...]

By | 2015-10-15T14:27:02+00:00 October 15th, 2015|News|0 Comments

Christ Church Spitalfields

A gala recital to celebrate the restoration of the 1735 Richard Bridge organ was given by John Scott on Tuesday 30 June 2015. Our workshop was saddened by the news of his sudden death some weeks later. On the 30th of July a William Drake Tribute Concert was given by Gerard Brooks, Joost de Boer, [...]

By | 2015-09-10T11:20:15+00:00 August 25th, 2015|Events, News|0 Comments

Welcome to the William Drake website

We are proud to announce the relaunch of the William Drake website. We are really pleased with our fresh new look and new logo. The website was built for us by Mike and Penny Jones at Outerbridge Ltd. We were looking for a more modern and current website, but we were also keen to be [...]

By | 2017-02-16T09:27:56+00:00 August 25th, 2015|Events, News|0 Comments