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PRITCHARD , ROWLAND HUW ( 1811 - 1887 ), musician ;

b. 14 Jan. 1811 at Y Graienyn , near Bala , a member of the family of Rolant Huw , poet (q.v.) . He laboured throughout his life in the cause of music and congregational singing. In 1844 he published Cyfaill y Cantorion , which contained about forty hymn-tunes, most of them composed by himself, and including the well-known ‘ Hyfrydol ,’ which he wrote when he was 20. He also published Y Fasged Gerddorol, sef crynodeb o egwyddorion Cerddoriaeth . Hymn-tunes and anthems by him appeared in Haleliwia , 1849 ; Haleliwia Drachefn , 1855 ; Llyfr Emynau a Thonau ( Stephen and Jones ); and other collections. He moved to Holywell to serve as an official under the Welsh Flannel Manufacturing Company . He d. 25 Jan. 1887 . [See also Adgofion Andronicus , 49.]

Sources:

  • Y Cerddor , June 1893 ;
  • R. D. Griffith , Hanes canu cynulleidfaol Cymru , Cardiff, 1948 ;
  • M. O. Jones , Bywgraffiaeth Cerddorion Cymreig , National Eisteddfod Association publication, 1890

Author:

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

Corrections and additions:

PRICHARD , ROWLAND HUW ( DWB , 799 under PRITCHARD ).

There is greater warrant for the version without ‘t’. He went to Holywell in 1880 , and was buried there in St. Peter's church .

Author:

Published date: 1959