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PRITCHARD , JOHN THOMAS ( 1859 - 1890 ), musician ;

b. 10 July 1859 at Cefn Capel Cwta , Bethesda, Caerns. , the son of Thomas and Jane Pritchard . A pupil-teacher at the local day school, he also received instruction in organ playing from Dr. Roland Rogers , Bangor . In 1878 he was appointed organist of S. Mark's church , Wrexham . He was a talented piano accompanist and officiated as such in national eisteddfodau held at Liverpool and Wrexham . For six years he conducted the Wrexham choral society which performed several works by the great composers. His part-song, ‘ Y Gwynt ,’ was a test piece for male voice choirs at the Bangor national eisteddfod , 1891 ; solos by him which gained popularity were ‘ Y Marchog ’ and ‘ Iesu, cyfaill f'enaid cu .’ He d. 21 Aug. 1890 , and was buried at Glanogwen burial ground , Bethesda .

Sources:

  • Y Cerddor , Oct. 1890.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959