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ROBERTS , ROBERT ( 1840 - 1871 ), musician ,

b. 24 May 1840 at Tanysgafell , Bethesda, Caerns. He was 12 when his father died and he began to work in a quarry . He was taught the rudiments of music by Owen Humphrey Davies ( Eos Llechid , q.v.) . Henry Samuel Hayden (q.v.) then gave him some instruction and the boy was admitted, when he was 14, to the training college at Caernarvon where Hayden taught; he afterwards followed Hayden in his post. In 1866 he was appointed sub-organist at Bangor cathedral , subsequently following Hayden as organist , a post which he held for the remainder of his life. He was also a competent player on the piano, the violin, and the ‘cello . He composed several pieces of music , among them being ‘ Y Gwlithyn ,’ ‘ Tynnwn ein rhwyfau yn gryf ,’ and a cantata entitled ‘ Gwarchae Harlech ,’ besides several hymn-tunes which were published in Llyfr y Psalmau ( Alawydd ) and Llyfr Tonau ac Emynau ( E. Stephen ). He d. in Feb. 1871 , and was buried in Glanadda cemetery , Bangor .

Sources:

  • W. Parry Llyfr Hanes Llenyddiaeth ac Enwogion Llanllechid a Llandegai , 1921 ;
  • Y Cerddor Cymreig , 1861-1873 , March 1871 ;
  • Y Cerddor , July 1893.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959