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PROTHEROE , DANIEL ( 1866 - 1934 ), musician .

Born 5 Nov. 1866 at Ystradgynlais , Brecknock , the son of Daniel and Eleanor Protheroe . His first instructors in music were Philip Thomas , J. T. Rees , and D. M. Lewis . A good vocalist , he won prizes when he was quite young at national eisteddfodau held in Swansea and Merthyr Tydfil , 1880-1 . When he was only 16 he conducted the Ystradgynlais choir which won the prize at the Llandeilo eisteddfod .

He emigrated to Scranton, Penn. , U.S.A. , when he was 19 and there took courses in music conducted by Parson Price , Dudley Buck , and Hugo Karn ; in 1890 he graduated Mus. Bac. (Toronto) and later became Mus. Doc. He conducted the Cymmrodorion Choral Society , Scranton , for eight years. In 1892 he moved to Milwaukee where he was conductor of several music societies . Later he went to Chicago where again he conducted several choirs ; he also taught in the Sherwood Music School , and was director of music at the Central Church . He paid frequent visits to Wales , adjudicated at national eisteddfodau , and was a conductor at the Harlech musical festival , 1931 .

He is the author of Arwain Corau ( 1914 ), Nodau Damweiniol a D'rawyd ( 1924 ). His compositions, which were numerous, included cantatas (‘ S. Pedr ’), male voice pieces (‘ Invictus ,’ ‘ Nun of Nidaros ,’ ‘ Bryn Calfaria ,’ ‘ Jesu, Lover of My Soul ’), hymn-tunes (including children's hymn-tunes), and anthems. He d. 25 Feb. 1934 , at Chicago .

Sources:

  • Y Cerddor , Sept. 1898 and April 1934.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959