David Leonard Drinkell
BA, FRCO(CHM), ADCM, ARCM
Director of Music, Christ Church Cathedral, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
It is with sadness we announce the death of David Leonard Drinkell on September 26th, 2019. He was born on December 10th, 1955, to the Leonard and Nora Drinkell in Colchester, Essex, where he attended Colchester Royal Grammar School. He studied music at Bristol University, and upon graduation completed a Certificate in Education at Cambridge.
In 1979, he moved to Orkney as an itinerant teacher of music, and was appointed as Assistant Organist at St. Magnus Cathedral, taking over as Organist and Choirmaster in 1983. In 1988, shortly after his marriage to Elspeth, he was appointed as Organist and Master of the Choristers at St. Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast, and in 2003 took up the post of Organist and Choir Director at the Anglican Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in St. John’s, Newfoundland. In 2016, he was appointed as Organist and Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral, Fredericton.
He was an accomplished recitalist, and gave recitals all over Ireland, the British mainland, and in Canada and Norway.
David is survived by his wife Elspeth; his mother Nora; sister and brother-in-law Clare and Andrew Tate; as well as a niece and nephew-in-law Eleanor and Lewis Harratt.
By request there will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at Christ Church Cathedral on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 2pm. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Christ Church Cathedral Organ Restoration Fund.
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Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Christ Church Cathedral
Christ Church Cathedral Organ Restoration Fund