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PRICE , JOHN ( 1857 - 1930 ), musician ;

b. 5 March 1857 at Llangamarch , Brecknock , the son of Dafydd and Ann Price . The family moved to Beulah , near Garth , in the same county, and it was here that John Price spent the rest of his life. As a child he was taught the Hullah system of music. He joined a Tonic Sol-fa class , held by D. Buallt Jones ; he also received lessons from D. W. Lewis , Brynamman , and took the diplomas of G. and L.T.S.C. He held music classes in many parts of Breck nockshire , Radnorshire , and Carmarthenshire , conducted several choirs — he was, e.g. the conductor and choirmaster at the musical festival of the archdeaconry of Carmarthen. He adjudicated often at eisteddfodau . Many of his musical compositions appeared in the pages of the journal called Y Cerddor . Anthems by him which became popular were ‘ Clyw, f'enaid, clyw ’ and ‘ Dyma'r dydd .’ He d. 21 April 1930 , and was buried at Beulah .


  • Y Cerddor , March 1905.


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

Published date: 1959