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OWEN , RICHARD GRIFFITH ( Pencerdd Llyfnwy; 1869 - 1930 ), musician ;

b. 1 April 1869 at Pen-yr-yrfa , Tal-y-sarn, Caerns. , the son of Hugh Owen (q.v.) and Mary Owen of Bryn-y-Coed , Tal-y-sarn , his wife. He learnt to play the ‘cello and the clarinet and to make orchestral arrangements . Later, he became responsible for writing the orchestral arrangements of hymn-tunes , etc., which were sung at singing festivals held by Calvinistic Methodists and Congregationalists in Caernarvonshire and elsewhere. He took the prize at the Corwen national eisteddfod , 1919 , for orchestral arrangements of some Welsh airs . Other eisteddfodic successes were a temperance cantata, and anthems. He published a collection of hymn-tunes under the title of Llais y Durtur and there are hymn-tunes by him in Llyfr Tonau y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd a Wesleyaidd and in Perorydd yr Ysgol Sul . He. d. 24 May 1930 , and was buried in the Caernarvon cemetery.

Sources:

  • Y Goleuad , 28 May 1930 .

Author:

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

Published date: 1959