Emrys Willams was born in Froncysyllte, near Llangollen, on

24th June 1917. His family moved to Ellesmere Port in 1926

and he spent the rest of his life there.

A keen amateur musician and artist, he embraced the arts in

a variety of forms. He sang solo tenor roles for local music

and amateur operatic societies and won the Folk Song solo

competition at the Llangollen International eisteddfod in

1969. He directed local choirs such as the Highfield in

Runcorn, Great Sutton Male Voice choir for many years,

founded the Westminster Singers, and he conducted at the

North Wales Association of Male Voice Choirs’ massed

concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in London. He also produced

calendars of his paintings and sketches of local views for

charities to sell to boost their funds. A winner of the hymn

tune composition class at the National Eisteddfod and was

invited to join the Gorsedd of bards in 2000. He was awarded

an M.B.E. for services to local music making and charities in