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RICHARDS , DAVID ( 1822 - 1900 ), musician ;

b. in a farm-house called Ravel (or ‘ Yr Efail ’), Brynberian, Pembs. ; the son of a ship's carpenter who was also a good vocalist . When quite young he moved to Blaina, Mon. , to work in a coal-mine . He studied Gramadeg Cerddorol ( Mills ), and became precentor at Berea Congregational chapel , where he taught the Hullah system. He returned to keep a school at Brynberian , but at the invitation of the Reverend C. Gwion he went as a schoolmaster to Cefn Cantref , near Brecon . In 1851 he was admitted to the Congregational College , Brecon , where he stayed four years, during which time he also became precentor at the Plough chapel . He was ordained in Sept. 1855 , as minister of Siloam Congregational church , Llanelly , Brecknock , which he left in 1862 , to become minister of Bethel chapel , Caerphilly, Glam. He did much for congregational singing , wrote articles and gave lectures on music . He wrote several duets and hymn-tunes , some of the latter being published in Y Diwygiwr , 1852 , and ‘in various collections. In 1862 he published Sŵn Addoli , which contains many sacred Welsh airs which he had collected up and down the countryside. He also served as adjudicator in musical festivals . He d. 1 March 1900 and was buried in Groes-wen burial ground near Caerphilly .


  • Y Cerddor , 1861 and April 1900 ;
  • M. O. Jones , Bywgraffiaeth Cerddorion Cymreig (1890) ;
  • Album Aberhonddu … o'r flwyddyn 1755 hyd 1880 (1898) .


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

Published date: 1959