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EVANS , DAVID PUGH ( 1866 - 1897 ), musician .

Born in a farm-house called Llain-wen , near Ffynnonhenry , Conwil, Carms. , son of Daniel and Elizabeth Pugh Evans . As a youth he served in a shop at Llanelly , where he joined the choir at Capel Seion conducted by R. C. Jenkins . He learnt the Tonic Sol-fa system in a class held by D. W. Lewis of Brynaman , and harmony in a class held by Joseph Parry — both classes being held at Llanelly .

In 1887 he won an open scholarship tenable for three years at the Royal College of Music , London ; owing to his success as a student the scholarship was extended for a fourth year. He was possessed of a fine tenor voice which, however, was affected by an illness from which he suffered when he was at college. Afterwards he settled in Swansea as a teacher of music . He composed several excellent songs , his first, ‘ Yr Hen Gerddor ,’ being followed by ‘ Hyd fedd hi gâr yn gywir ,’ ‘ Brad Dynrafon ,’ ‘ Oleuni Mwyn ,’ etc. He also composed a duet, ‘ Y Delyn â'r Crwth ; part-songs, ‘ O fy Iesu, Mhriod Annwyl ,’ ‘ Golch fi ,’ ‘ Teyrnged Cariad ’ (for male voices), and composed an arrangement of ‘ Y Delyn Aur .’

One of the most promising young Welsh composers , he d. at the age of 31 on 3 Feb. 1897 . He was buried at the Mumbles , Swansea .

Sources:

  • Y Cerddor , April 1897 ;
  • The Cambrian , vol 36, 1 Feb. 1916, no. 3, p.7 ;
  • ‘Dictionary of Welsh Biography.’ 27 vols., N.L.W. MSS. 9251–77 .

Author:

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

Published date: 1959