In 1898 Harry Evans formed a ladies’ choir at Merthyr Tydfil and a male choir at Dowlais ; the male choir won the prize at the national eisteddfod held at Liverpool in 1900 . He conducted the Merthyr national eisteddfod ( 1901 ) choir; this choir gave a performance of ‘ Israel in Egypt .’ In 1903 the prize of £200 offered at the Llanelly national eisteddfod was won by him. He now gave up competing and in that year accepted the invitation to become conductor of the Liverpool Welsh Choral Union ; under his conductorship several works by the masters were given annually by this choir. In 1913 he became musical director at Bangor University College and, in the same year, local conductor and registrar of the Liverpool Philharmonic Society . He also became, at this time, conductor of the North Staffordshire Choral Society ; this was at the suggestion of McNaught , who regarded him as the best choral conductor in the country. In 1914 he was invited to Birmingham to conduct a performance of ‘ Atlanta in Calydon ’; he also had the honour of conducting Granville Bantock 's choral symphony, ‘ Vanity of Vanities ,’ and the composer dedicated this work to him.
He was possessed of particularly penetrative powers as an adjudicator and was much in demand in that capacity at musical festivals throughout the British Isles . His fullest compositions were ‘ Victory of St. Garmon ’ and ‘ Dafydd ap Gwilym ’; he also wrote several anthems and hymn-tunes , and arranged Welsh folk-songs and airs for choirs . A little before he d. he had been selected as one of the three music editors of Y Caniedydd Cynulleidfaol , but he was unable to do any work in connection with that hymnal. His main ambition in life was to found a music college in Wales ; had he lived he might have realized his ambition. He d. 23 July 1914 and was buried in Smithdown Road cemetery, Liverpool .
Robert David Griffith, M.A., (1877-1958), Old Colwyn
Published date: 1959