During his active professional life he became a prominent figure at the national and other important eisteddfodau, and was held in high regard as conductor of hymn-singing festivals . His interest in church music was deep and sincere, and his influence on congregational singing did much to raise the general taste. It can be fairly asserted that some of his hymntunes have sung themselves into the heart of Welsh psalmody, and will assuredly endure.
He was a very prolific composer . His published works ranged from the smaller vocal forms to the wider field of oratorio and cantata. Among his best known choral works are ‘ Arch y Cyfamod ,’ ‘ Job ,’ ‘ Yr Ystorm ,’ and ‘ The Psalm of Life .’ The last-named work was expressly written for the Cardiff Triennial Festival ( 1895 ), and also performed in the same year by 2,000 singers at the Crystal Palace , London .
A frequent contributor to the Welsh press, he was for many years editor of Y Cerddor . He d. at his home, Castell Brychan , Aberystwyth , 10 Dec. 1915 .
Emeritus Professor John Morgan Lloyd, Mus.D., (1889-1960), Barry
Published date: 1959