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LEWIS , REES ( Eos Ebrill ; 1828 - 1880 ), schoolmaster and musician ;

b. in 1828 at Twyn Cynordy , near Bryn-mawr , Brecknock , the son of William Lewis , who was precentor at Nebo chapel , Pen-y-cae . He received his first lessons in music from his father and from a musician from Pembrokeshire , who resided in the district. Entering the teaching profession, he spent two years at the Borough Road Training College , London , taught at Blaina, Mon. , and afterwards at Cardiff . He was a skilled conductor and worked hard to raise music standards and to develop a taste for classical music in Cardiff and district. He formed the Cardiff Philharmonic Society . A good violin player , he led a band for a long time. His anthem, ‘ Arglwydd, gollwng ’, was published in Y Gerddorfa , nos. 76 and 77. He composed many musical pieces and compiled a collection of hymn-tunes for use by Baptists , but his work was not published. He d. 14 Dec. 1880 .

Sources:

  • M. O. Jones , Bywgraffiaeth Cerddorion Cymreig , National Eisteddfod Association publication, 1890 ;
  • Y Cerddor , 1893.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959