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SAMUEL , WILLIAM THOMAS ( 1852 - 1917 ), musician ;

b. 17 Oct. 1852 at Carmarthen . He attended a local day school and then received some instruction at the hands of the Rev. Lewis Lewis and Alcwyn Evans (q.v.) . He started to learn the Tonic Sol-fa notation when he was quite young and succeeded in gaining many certificates, eventually becoming L.T.S.C. , and a member of the council . He attended music classes at Aberystwyth College under Dr. Joseph Parry . He composed hymn-tunes, anthems, and other pieces . His ‘ Storm the Fort of Sin ,’ the quartette ‘ Y Deigryn ,’ and his two anthems ‘ Mor hawddgar yw Dy bebyll ’ and ‘ O'r dyfnder y llefais ,’ became popular. With J. H. Roberts ( Pencerdd Gwynedd , q.v.) , he edited Llawlyfr Moliant , the Baptist hymn and tune-book, and produced the Sol-fa version of the collection of hymn-tunes edited by Ellis Roberts ( Elis Wyn o Wyrfai , q.v.) . He was a successful conductor of hymnody festivals with a special gift for conducting juveniles. He d. suddenly at Cardiff on 23 Feb. 1917 , after he had conducted a choir of five hundred children in the Park Hall . He was buried in the Aberystwyth cemetery on 28 Feb.

Sources:

  • Y Cerddor , Nov. 1899 and April 1917 .

Author:

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

Published date: 1959