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LEWIS , JOSEPH RHYS ( Alaw Rhondda , 1860 - 1920 ), musician ;

b. at Penderyn , Brecknock , 15 June 1860 . As he was a delicate child he received very little education. He became interested in music when he was young, learned to play the piano , and, in due course, attended music classes conducted by Dr. Joseph Parry and Dr. Evans at Cardiff . He became organist of Penuel chapel , Ferndale , and, afterwards, of Bethania chapel , Maerdy . Among his hymntunes was ‘ Nazareth ,’ which became very popular in the Welsh religious revival of 1904-5 . He also composed operas called ‘ Caradog ’ and ‘ Resurrected Life .’ He d. 17 June 1920 at Ferndale , and was buried in the Ferndale cemetery.

Sources:

  • Y Cerddor , Aug. and Oct. 1920.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959