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GRIFFITH , OWEN ( Eryr Eryri , 1839 - 1903 ), musician ;

b. 12 Aug. 1839 at Penllyn , near Cwm-y-glo, Caerns. , the son of Griffith Owen , a good musician and conductor of the Llan-rug band . He joined the Waun-fawr choir and received some instruction in music from its conductor , Pierce Williams . When the latter relinquished the leadership of the choir in 1866 Owen Griffith succeeded him. Under his leadership this choir was successful at many eisteddfodau, including the national eisteddfudau held at Bangor , 1874 , Pwllheli , 1875 , and Birkenhead . He wrote some songs, together with an anthem , ‘ Da was, da a ffyddlon .’ He conducted singing festivals and also acted as music adjudicator . He d. 4 Jan. 1903 and was buried in Llan-rug churchyard.

Sources:

  • Y Cerddor , Sept. 1897 ; ibid. Feb. 1903 ;
  • Y Geninen 1903 .

Author:

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

Published date: 1959