J. D. Jones gave excellent service to music in Wales . He won the prize at the Bethesda eisteddfod , 1853 , for his anthem, ‘ Ymddyrcha, O Dduw ’; he won several prizes at various other eisteddfodau also. He wrote numerous songs, anthems, and hymn-tunes . He published Y Cerub (anthems and hymn-tunes), Cydymaith y Cerddor , Y Delyn Gymreig , Caniadau Bethlehem , and Alawon y Bryniau (the publication of the last-named work had a somewhat remarkable effect — musical Wales was weaned from the music of the 18th cent. ballads and the way prepared for it to appreciate the songs composed by Joseph Parry , R. S. Hughes , and William Davies (qq.v.)); a volume of anthems, and a cantata (‘ Llys Arthur ’). With Edward Stephen ( Tanymarian , q.v.) he edited Llyfr Tonau ac Emynau , Jones being responsible for the greater part of the work of collecting, selecting, and harmonizing the hymn-tunes ; the two editors published a collection of chants also ( 1868 ). He arranged and edited a collection of hymn-tunes for the use of the Welsh Wesleyan body, this work being published in 1872 . His hymn-tune ‘ Capel y Ddôl continues to be very popular. He d. 17 Sept. 1870 and was buried in the Baptists ’ burial ground, Ruthin.
Robert David Griffith, M.A., (1877-1958), Old Colwyn
Published date: 1959