Roger Yates (organ builder)

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Roger Yates (1905 - 2 September 1975[1]) was a pipe organ builder based initially in Nottingham and then Bodmin who flourished between 1928 and 1972.


He was born in 1905, the son of James Yates and his wife Helen. He was educated at Tonbridge School.

His career as an organ builder started in 1922 with an apprenticeship with Henry Willis & Sons in London,

In 1928 he Roger Yates purchased the business of Charles Francis Lloyd in Nottingham, and he remained in Nottingham until 1937.

He then transferred to Bodmin, Cornwall. After service in the Royal Navy during World War II he moved to the Old Rectory, Michaelstowe, Cornwall and his business flourished until illness in 1972.

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  1. ^ Musical Opinion, Volume 99, p87