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EDWARDS , JOHN ( 1799 - 1873? ), musician ;

b. at Cwmbran-fach in the parish of Llansadwrn, Carms. A shoemaker by trade, he spent his life in Llangadock, Carms. Taught the elements of music by Dafydd Siencyn Morgan (q.v.) , he was precentor at the local Methodist chapel for many years, during ten years of which he acted also as parish clerk . He conducted classes in music almost every evening in some village or other; he was also regarded as a good player on the clarinet . A hymn-tune which he composed earned for him a prize awarded by the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion . His first tune, ‘ Grongar ,’ appeared in Seren Gomer , 1824 , other hymn-tunes by him being published in Haleliwia, Haleliwia Drachefn , Telyn Seion ( Rosser Beynon ), and Caniadau Seion ( R. Mills ); he also composed some anthems . He reviewed Gramadeg ( John Mills ) and Caniadau Seion in Yr Haul , 1839 . He d. c. 1873 and was buried in Llangadock parish churchyard.

Sources:

  • Y Cerddor , May 1893 ;
  • M. O. Jones , Bywgraffiaeth Cerddorion Cymreig (1890) ;
  • Rhestr gyda nodiadau byrion, o Enwogion Cymreig o 1700 i 1900 (1908) .

Author:

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

Published date: 1959