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EVANS , EDWARD ( Heman Gwent ; 1823 - 1878 ), musician ;

b. at Llanidloes, Mont. , 2 Nov. 1823 . His family moved to Rhymney, Mon. , in 1825 , where he began to work in a coal-mine when he was quite young. He received no early education but he laboured hard to gain knowledge and become a competent musician and writer . After his marriage ( 1845 ) he opened a bookshop ; he was also appointed postmaster . He was precentor at Ebenezer chapel , Twyncarno , and was one of the first conductors to undertake a performance of Handel 's ‘ Messiah ’ with an orchestra. His choir was successful in many eisteddfodau, and he was also in demand as conductor of singing festivals . Hymn-tunes by him were included in Llyfr Tonau Cynulleidfaol and other collections and in Y Cerddor Cymreig and Y Gerddorfa . He left in manuscript a cantata called ‘ Gweddi Habacuc .’ He d. in 1878 .

Sources:

  • M. O. Jones , Bywgraffiaeth Cerddorion Cymreig , National Eisteddfod Association publication, 1890

Author:

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

Published date: 1959