Christ Church Cathedral has the sad task of announcing the death of Mr. David Drinkell, BA, FRCO(CHM), ADCM, ARCM, and director of music and organist at the Cathedral in Fredericton since 2016.
His death occurred Sept. 26 after a brief battle with cancer. He will be remembered not only for his gift of music, but for his storytelling ability that kept so many entertained. He was treasured by his Cathedral family and many throughout the diocese. He leaves behind his wife, Elspeth.
David was born in 1955 in Colchester, Essex, UK and studied music at Bristol University. He earned a Certificate in Education at Cambridge University.
His obituary states the following: In 1979, he moved to Orkney in Scotland 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.
He was an accomplished recitalist, and gave recitals all over Ireland, the British mainland, and in Canada and Norway. His Friday noon recitals will be missed by many in the Fredericton area.
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.
There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral. Memorial donations may be made to the Christ Church Cathedral Organ Restoration Fund.
His obituary may be viewed at this link: http://www.mcadamsfh.com/obituaries/141307
The Anglican Diocese of Fredericton sends its heartfelt condolences to David's family. Be assured of prayers for peace and strength throughout this difficult time.
To read what his former employer in Belfast, Ireland, reported about his death, click here: https://www.belfastcathedral.org/news/former-cathedral-organist-dies?fbclid=IwAR2BYPA-YlnxEB1bGVgHLjPc5-Cw2xRZhpaMgJ2rB0IKKgmqL3q8-OZoY84
PHOTOS: David & Elspeth entertain at the Cathedral ACW Christmas gathering in December 2018.
David directing the choir during an ordination in 2017.
Photo credit: G McKnight