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JONES , GRIFFITH HUGH ( Gutyn Arfon ; 1849 - 1919 ), musician ;

b. Jan. 1849 at Tŷ Du , Llanberis, Caerns. , son of Hugh and Ellen Jones . When only 14 he was appointed an assistant to his father who was precentor at Capel Coch , Llanberis , for sixty years. He attended music classes held by John Roberts ( Ieuan Gwyllt ) and gained many certificates. After serving as pupil-teacher in Dolbadarn school he became an assistant teacher at the British school , Aberystwyth ; he moved in 1869 to become headmaster of the primary school, Rhiwddolion , Betws-y-coed . He formed music classes at Capel Curig , Betws-y-coed , Penmachno , Ysbyty Ifan , Capel Garmon , and Dolwyddelan ; he also formed a musical society at Betws-y-coed and led a band . He arranged operettas for school children , many performances taking place in the Conway valley . He was regarded as a good adjudicator and was in demand as a conductor of singing festivals . He was probably the first in the Arfon part of Caernarvonshire to introduce a musical instrument into the local chapel — Rhiwddolion chapel in this case. He wrote several anthems and hymn-tunes ; his hymn-tune ‘ Llef ,’ written in memory of his brother Dewi Arfon , continues to be very popular. He published a collection of his brother's poems . He d. 26 July 1919 and was buried in Nant Peris graveyard, Llanberis .

Sources:

  • Y Cerddor , Feb. 1912 , Oct. 1919 .

Author:

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

Published date: 1959