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LEWIS , DAVID WILLIAM ( 1845 - 1920 ), musician ;

b. 15 April 1845 , at Brynaman, Carms. He started work in a coalmine when he was only 9 years old. His first knowledge of music was derived from books published by Mills and Eleazar Roberts . In 1870 he went to Bristol to be examined in the tonic sol-fa notation, gained all the certificates that were possible, and qualified as F.T.S.C. — the first in Wales to gain that distinction. He conducted music classes in several parts of Carmarthenshire , composed many anthems and hymn-tunes , and wrote pieces suitable for children. He published Odlau Mawl , and Llawlyfr y Llais , and with others edited Y Caniedydd , Y Salmydd Cenedlaethol , and Y Caniedydd Cynulleidfaol . He also contributed a series of music lessons to the Tywysydd . His services were much in demand as adjudicator and conductor of hymn-singing festivals . He d. 20 Jan. 1920 , and was buried in Gibea chapel cemetery . He was made J.P. for Carmarthenshire in 1919 .

Sources:

  • Y Cerddor , 1899 , 1908.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959