Lionel Frederick Dakers

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Lionel Frederick Dakers CBE (1924 – 2003) was an English cathedral organist, who served in Ripon Cathedral and Exeter Cathedral.[1]


Lionel Frederick Dakers was born on 24 February 1924 in Rochester, Kent.[2] He studied organ under Harold Aubie Bennett at Rochester Cathedral and Edward Bairstow at York Minster.[3]

He was a Special Commissioner for the Royal School of Church Music in 1958–1972, Director of the Royal School of Church Music 1972–1990; President of the Incorporated Association Of Organists 1972–1975; Secretary of the Cathedral Organists' Association 1972–1988; President of the Royal College of Organists 1976–1978.

He was appointed CBE in 1983.

Family life

He married Elisabeth Williams (d. 1997) in 1952. They had 4 daughters.

He died in Salisbury, Wiltshire on 10 March 2003.


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Cultural offices
Preceded by
Charles Henry Moody
Organist and Master of the Choristers of Ripon Cathedral
Succeeded by
Philip Marshall
Preceded by
Reginald Moore
Organist and Master of the Choristers of Exeter Cathedral
Succeeded by
Lucian Nethsingha