Derek Williams

Williams, Derek W. b. Sheffield: 16 September 1945, d. 31 Dec 2006.

He was educated at King Edward VII School Sheffield (he was Head Prefect in 1963-64), and at Selwyn College Cambridge where he was organ scholar. He was head of the music department of Cambridge University Library 1970-89. He then moved to Norfolk to be organist at the (anglican) Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. (He composed hymns - see Enchiridion.)

Drummond Gillespie:

"I have just rung the Anglican Shrine at Walsingham — Derek Williams died from a brain haemorrhage and stroke on New Year's Eve. He played the organ there for about seven years and, needless to say, his qualities and ability were much appreciated. They were very shocked by his sudden death as I am sure everyone else has been."

Ian Sallis adds:

"Derek Williams I knew very well. Quite simply, he was the most admired and respected person in our year. I knew him better than most as I did music A level - there were only three in our year. He was an immensely talented musician and his performances at our prefects night out playing " popular " music on the piano have always remained with me.

Nathaniel Clapton was a fearsome headmaster. He said that DW was the best head prefect he had had at KES. No-one else in my time at KES was held so highly by his peers and his masters as DW - and he was a fabulous musician ."