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British Catholic musician dies in road crash

Nick Gale read music at Oxford University

A leading British Catholic musician has died in a motor vehicle accident in London.

Nick Gale, 39, died at the scene of a collision involving his motorcycle and a cement lorry in Kensington High Street, London, at 10am on Tuesday morning, according to Vatican Radio.

The driver of the lorry was later interviewed by police but not arrested, Vatican Radio said.

Mr Gale was born in 1975 and was educated at Belmont Abbey in Herefordshire. He went on to read music at Oxford University, where he was also an organ scholar.

According to his friend Phil Andrews, writing for Vatican Radio, Mr Gale worked as a choral director in Britain and abroad. He was an honorary fellow and secretary of the Academy of St Cecilia in London.

Mr Gale was also well known for leading choral workshops, particularly for Gregorian Chant, a love of which he developed during a period spent at the Abbey of Solesmes, France. He worked for 13 years as Master of the Music at the Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of St George, Southwark, and also taught at London Oratory School.

Several of his performances broadcast a number of times on BBC television and radio.