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JONES , ROBERT (WILFRID) ( 1862 - 1929 ), musician ;

b. 5 July 1862 at Tyddyn-bach , Arthog, Mer. , the son of Meredith and Jane Jones . He joined a band when he was quite young and became a competent player of the cornet . He was sent to Chester to receive music lessons from John Owen ( Owain Alaw , q.v.) , and stayed there until his teacher died in 1883 . After a course of lessons given him by J. H. Roberts (q.v.) he went to the Royal Academy of Music , London . It was, apparently, at this period that he became ‘ Wilfrid Jones .’ On completion of his course at the Academy he settled in London as a professional singer (baritone) ; he also became a teacher of voice production at the Richmond School of Arts . In 1893 he settled in Wrexham as a teacher of music, specializing in voice training . He also taught music in secondary schools at Wrexham , Ruabon , Overton , and Llangollen , and he was the conductor of the Wrexham Philharmonic Choir . The Rhos male choir , of which he was conductor , took the prize at the Blaenau Ffestiniog national eisteddfod , 1898 and he, as the best conductor , was awarded the gold medal . He was precentor at Capel Mawr , Rhosllanerchrugog , for some years; he was also very much in demand as conductor of singing festivals and as adjudicator in eisteddfodau . He was one of the editors of Llyfr Tonau ac Emynau y Methodistiaid Wesleyaidd , 1904 , and of Llyfr Tonau ac Emynau y Methodistiaid Wesleyaidd a Chalfinaidd , 1929 . He d. 3 Feb. 1929 and was buried in the Wrexham cemetery.

Sources:

  • Y Cerddor , Dec. 1898 .

Author:

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

Published date: 1959