Gwyn Williams Bursary Fund

The Bursary Fund has been set up by Stephannie Williams,  the widow of Gwyn Williams,  dedicated to her husband’s memory and his legacy of profound viola music accomplishment.

Gwyn joined the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) in 1965 under Hugo Rignold followed by Louis Fremaux and was later appointed principal viola by Sir Simon Rattle.

The Fund supports talented young violists at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.


SUNDAY 5 MAY 2019 at 7pm in the Bradshaw Hall, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

The evening will be introduced by the first voice of Classic FM, Nick Bailey and features performances by professional musicians who knew and worked with Gwyn as well as current students of the Conservatoire.

Programme to include:

Schubert Arpeggione Sonata, D.821

Brahms Two Songs for Voice, Viola and Piano

Smetana String Quartet No. 1 in E minor (“From My Life”)

Bellini Casta Diva

Schubert Ave Maria

Briccialdi Carnevale di Venezia, Op.78


Yvonne Howard mezzo-soprano

Maria Jagusz mezzo soprano

Peter O’ Connor flute

Yuxin Chen viola

Chris Yates viola

Yang Bai piano

John Wilson piano

The Behn Quartet

Spaces for this event are limited so early booking is advised. Please contact Robin Leonard on 0121 331 5534 or at for further details.

Suggested donation of £30