Gerrard Williams, born in London, was largely self-taught as a composer, having practised architecture until 1920. He did, however, receive some guidance from Walthew. The first recital of his works was given in 1922 at the Aeolian Hall in London. His compositions include operas (e.g. Kate, the Cabin Boy), operettas (The Story of the Willow Pattern Plate was for children), orchestral and choral works, string quartets and other chamber music, songs and piano pieces.