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PRICE , THOMAS ( 1857 - 1925 ), composer, adjudicator and teacher of music ;

b. in 1857 at Rhymney . He worked in the collieries from the age of 10 to 20, and studied composition without a teacher direct from the text books of Albrechtsberger and Cherubini and from the works of the masters, which he heard as a member of the Rhymney choirs or at the Three Choirs Festivals . After a few years in the railway service and six as a commercial traveller , Price adopted music as a career at the age of 34. His compositions had already proved very successful in national eisteddfod competitions ( 1887-91 ). His anthems, hymns, and part-songs, especially those for children, became widely sung in Wales . He published a pleasing cantata for children, entitled ‘ Little Wanderers ,’ and a more ambitious one for adults, ‘ The Prodigal Son ’ ( 1891 ). He was very popular as an adjudicator and as a conductor of singing festivals . In 1896 he was appointed visiting music-master in the new intermediate schools of Glamorgan . He d. 8 July 1925 .


  • Y Cerddor , Nov. 1925 ;
  • The Musical Herald; a Journal of Music and Musical Literature , 4 Oct. 1901 ;
  • private enquiry.


Principal Gwilym Prichard Ambrose, M.A., Caerleon

Published date: 1959