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GRIFFITH , MORGAN WILLIAM ( Pencerdd Mynwy , 1855 - 1925 ), musician ;

b. in Aug. 1855 at Pontypool, Mon. , where his father was precentor at a Congregational church ; another account says that Griffith was b. at Clydach, Glam. In 1876 he went to Aberystwyth where he pursued courses in music for three years under Dr. Joseph Parry ; during this period as student he was one of two accompanists at the first performance of ‘ Blodwen ,’ Joseph Parry 's opera. He became music teacher at Dr. Williams's school , Dolgelley , in 1879 , and held the post for forty years. In 1880 he became organist of one of the Methodist chapels at Dolgelley and, in 1885 , organist and choirmaster at S. Mary's church in the same town. He graduated Mus.Bac. (Toronto) . His compositions, which were numerous, included songs, ‘ Gwlad y Bryniau ,’ ‘ Yr Ynys Wen ,’ and a duet, ‘ Chwi feibion dewrion ,’ together with anthems and other forms of church music. He was interested in the opera and at one time formed a company at Dolgelley . He d. 2 Sept. 1925 at the Southern hospital , Liverpool , and was buried in S. Mary's churchyard, Dolgelley .

Sources:

  • Yr Haul , Nov. 1925 ;
  • Dr. Williams' School Magazine (Dolgellau) .

Author:

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

Published date: 1959