In 1864 he moved to Pontypridd where he became precentor at Penuel C.M. chapel . Four years later he was given a post by lady Llanover at Aber-carn ; he also became precentor at lady Llanover 's chapel. In 1870 he moved to Llanelly, Carms. , where he was made precentor at Trinity C.M. chapel . He founded a Philharmonic Society at Llanelly ; he also conducted singing festivals and adjudicated at eisteddfodau in many parts of Wales .
He edited Y Gerddorfa , 1872-9 , Yr Ysgol Gerddorol , 1878-9 , Cyfaill yr Aelwyd , 1880-1 (with J. Ossian Davies ), Cerddor y Cymry , 1883-94 , wrote (with J. Owen , Criccieth ) a biography of John Roberts ( Ieuan Gwyllt ), and contributed frequently to journals, mainly on the subject of music). He won the prize at the London eisteddfod of 1887 for an essay on the raising of the standards of instrumental music in Wales . He composed oratorios (‘ Ruth a Naomi ’ and ‘ Brenin Heddwch ’), cantatas (‘ Llywelyn ein Llyw Olaf ,’ ‘ Y Bugail Da ,’ etc.), a motet (‘ Gweledigaeth Ioan ’; this won for him the prize at the Conway eisteddfod of 1877 ), four requiems, part-songs, anthems, chants, hymn-tunes, together with solos (e.g. ‘ Y Ffynnon ger fy Mwth ’).
He died 19 March 1904 and was buried in the burial ground of Capel Newydd , Llanelly .
Robert David Griffith, M.A., (1877-1958), Old Colwyn
Published date: 1959