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Dilys Elwyn Edwards
(Image from Gwynn Publishing)

Dilys Elwyn-Edwards, who died aged 93 on January 13, was the fastidious doyenne of Welsh musicians and the composer of some of the finest songs in the Welsh language. Born on August 19, 1918, in Dolgellau, Meirionethshire’s county town nestling among the southern slopes of Snowdonia.

She studied initially at the celebrated Dr Williams’s School for Girls in Dolgellau where her musical instincts were sensitively nurtured. She turned down a scholarship to Girton College, Cambridge, in favour of one to the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire (now Cardiff University)

After some wartime years of teaching back at her Dolgellau alma mater, she moved to London having received a scholarship at the Royal College of Music.

Dilys was a piano tutor at University of Wales Bangor and a regular and highly prized adjudicator at the National Eisteddfod until the 1990s.

She had a keen awareness of her true worth and was grateful for any genuine attention paid her and thus relished an unexpected Indian summer of frequent performances and recordings by a new generation of singers which included Rebecca Evans, Helen Field, Shân Cothi, Bryn Terfel, Gwyn Hughes Jones, Rhys Meirion, Jeremy Huw Williams and even the young Charlotte Church.

Read Dilys Elwyn-Edwards’s full obituary here, by Geraint Lewis (

Memories of Dilys Elwyn Edwards by Gwyn Hughes Jones (

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