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EDWARDS , THOMAS DAVID ( 1874 - 1930 ), musician .

B. 15 July 1874 at Pittson , Pennsylvania , U.S.A. , son of David Edwards ( Iorwerth Glan Elyrch ) and his wife, the parents having emigrated from Rhymney, Mon. Being a delicate child, he received very little early education. Coming over to Pontypridd, Glam. , he worked hard at music and gained the diplomas of L.R.A.M. , A.R.C.M. , and F.T.S.C.

He was organist of Salem , Porth , until 1909 ; Brynhyfryd , Treharris , 1909-24 ; Sardis , Pontypridd , 1924-8 ; and Tabernacle , Portmadoc , 1928-30 . He was a skilled organist and much in demand throughout the country as an organ recitalist . He conducted choirs at Treharris , Pontypridd , and Portmadoc ; he also conducted singing festivals and served as adjudicator .

His compositions, which were numerous, included, ‘ Dysg i mi Dy ffordd ’ (anthem), ‘ Shepherd's Lullaby ,’ and songs — ‘ Bugeiles y Glyn ’ and ‘ Cymru .’ It was his hymn-tune, ‘ Rhyd-y-groes ,’ which, however, made his name best known. He d. 15 March 1930 and was buried in Glyn-taff cemetery , Pontypridd .

Sources:

  • Y Cerddor , Feb. 1914 , May 1930 ;
  • Y Goleuad , 24 Feb. 1989 .

Author:

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

Published date: 1959