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date: 15 January 2021

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  • Michael Sayer


(b 1905; d 1975). English organ builder. He trained in the Willis factory, 1922–8, when he acquired the business of Charles Francis Lloyd in Nottingham, moving to Bodmin in Cornwall in 1935. After service in the Royal Navy he moved to Michaelstowe, Cornwall, where he worked until suffering a stroke in 1972. He was a strong advocate of classical traditions of organ building, and favoured simple instruments with mechanical action and light wind-pressures. His 46-stop organ in Oakham Parish Church had complete choruses on three manuals and pedals. He also undertook the sensitive restoration of historic organs and harpsichords. His last completed organ is in Dartington Hall, Devon, and his archives are at the Loosemore Centre for organ and early music studies at Buckfastleigh, Devon. He also published a book, Organ Building (1937).

G.W.F. Ellis: obituary, MO, 99 (1975–6), 87 only L. Elvin: Pipes and Actions: Some Organbuilders in the Midlands and Beyond...

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