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STEPHEN , THOMAS ( 1856 - 1906 ,) musician ;

b. 24 Feb. 1856 at Brynaman, Glam. His parents moved to Aberdare when he was a child and it was there, in Ysgol y Comin , that he went to school. He joined the Aberdare Choral Society then under the conductorship of G. Rhys Jones ( Caradog , q.v.) , and when the latter gave up the conductorship and was succeeded by Rhys Evans (q.v.) , Stephen became assistant conductor . In 1877 he became precentor at Bethesda chapel, Ton , Rhondda , Glamorgan . The next year he became conductor of the Rhondda Glee Society formed that year. He also conducted the Aberdare Glee Society , the Aberdare String Band , the Mid-Rhondda Choral Union , and the Cardiff Exhibition Choir . He assisted Dr. Joseph Parry with a performance of the latter's opera called Sylvia . A men's choir which he conducted took the prize in the Chicago World's Fair eisteddfod , 1893 , and at national and other eisteddfodau. He d. 24 Jan. 1906 at Llantwit Vardre, Glam. , and was buried in the Aberdare cemetery.


  • F. Griffith , Notable Welsh Musicians (1896) ;
  • Y Cerddor , March 1897, Feb. and March 1906 .


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

Published date: 1959