In the UK the Kingston Choral Union became famous as the Jamaica Choir during its two tours extending from 1906 to 1908. Several members, including Drysdale, decided to stay on to make use of the opportunities to improve their musical skills. It seems that with the backing of Sir Alfred, Drysdale was able to study at the Royal College of Music with ourstanding operatic performers of the day. He then made a very successful career training singers, using the finest Italian methods. Although it does not seem that he ever returned to Jamaica, and apparently he and his first wife were divorced around 1911, he maintained strong links with the island.
In 1930 the great Jamaican comedian, Ernest Cupidon, wrote of his recent visit to Britain -
While I was in England it was my good fortune not only to meet
Mr Drysdale and his charming English wife, but to stay in their
home at Forest Hill for several weeks.
That Mr. Drysdale is a distinguished teacher of voice production
and singing has been demonstrated by the results he has achieved.
His wife, an accomplished accompanist, is of invaluable service to
his art. He has a large clientele of men and women of all nationalities,
and people travel from distant parts of England to take lessons from
Mr. Drysdale. Daily Gleaner, February 5, 1930
In addition to his 'palatial' house at 11 Westbourne Road, Forest Hill, Drysdale had studios in the centre of London, one being at the Grotrian Hall on Wigmore Street. Among those mentioned as benefitting from Drysdale's - 'Dri' as he was known in London - coaching were the enormously popular American singer, Florence Mills, and the young Marian Anderson, at the start of her remarkable career. Drysdale offered a generous scholarship to Jamaican singers in 1930, though it seems no one took up the offer. Fellow Jamaicans were always welcome at his home.
Louis Drysdale died in 1933, and for several years Jamaicans remembered his achievements, but, as has happened to so many, his name soon faded from the Jamaican memory.