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Emotional farewell to Williams

A packed Llandaff Cathedral paid its respects and celebrated the life of the great Cory Band principal cornet player Ian Williams.

Ian Williams
  The funeral of Ian Williams saw Llandaff Cathedral packed with family, friends and colleagues.

Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff was the appropriate setting on Wednesday 21st March for the funeral of former Cory Band principal cornet player Ian Williams.

His wife Lisa and children Lauren and Daniel were joined by family, life-long friends and associates, work colleagues from the South Wales Fire & Rescue Service and representatives from numerous bands, who filled the huge nave to pay their respects and celebrate the life of a much loved husband and father, highly regarded work colleague and outstanding brass band musician, who died earlier this month aged just 52.


The Cory Band, who he led as principal cornet with such distinction for two decades, played a selection of music as well as accompanying the hymns, 'How Great Thou Art' and 'Cwm Rhondda'.

On the request of the family the coffin arrived to 'Bring Him Home' and left to the rousing sounds of 'Enter the Galaxies'.

Heartfelt eulogies spoke of the warmth and humour of a man who reached the heights of both his professional and personal endeavours through his talent, dedication and his own impish sense of fun4BR


Heartfelt eulogies came from the family as well as the Head of the South Wales Fire & Rescue Service, Hugh Jakeway and John Southcombe on behalf of Cory Band, both of whom spoke of the warmth and humour of a man who reached the heights of both his professional and personal endeavours through his talent, dedication and his own impish sense of fun.

The service was conducted by the Rev Michael John followed by interment at St David's Church Groesfaen and meeting of friends at Creigiau Golf Club.

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Ian Holmes

BA (hons), PGDip (RCM), ARCM, ALCM
Conductor, piano accompanist and educator