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DAVIES , HUGH ( Pencerdd Maelor ; 1844 - 1907 ), musician and Calvinistic Methodist minister ,

b. 1 Sept. 1844 at Garth near Ruabon . He left school when he was 8 years of age and went to work in J. C. Edwards's brickfields , of which, in due course, he became deputy manager . He was taught music by Joseph Owen , schoolmaster of Rhos , who used to come over to hold a class at Acrefair . He worked hard to master the tonic sol-fa notation and obtained the degree of G.T.S.C. He composed some 200 pieces, many of them for children's voices. His composition for a male voice choir, ‘ Awn i ben y Wyddfa fawr ,’ was once popular, and his cantatas, ‘ Joseph ’ and ‘ Charles of Bala ,’ were sung by children's choirs all over Wales . When the death of Ieuan Gwyllt occurred he was appointed editor of Cerddor y Tonic Sol-ffa . He also edited for Gee an impression of Caniadau y Cysegr a'r Teulu . He organized tonic sol-fa classes in a number of places, and his services were in demand as adjudicator and conductor at music festivals . He was a Methodist preacher , was ordained minister in 1895 , and went to Swansea to take over charge of Smyrna chapel , Plasmarl . He d. in mid-Oct. 1907 and was buried in Garth cemetery near Ruabon .


  • Y Cerddor , Dec. 1907 ;
  • Rhestr gyda nodiadau byrion, o Enwogion Cymreig o 1700 i 1900 (1908) .


Robert David Griffith, M.A., (1877-1958), Old Colwyn

Published date: 1959