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THOMAS , EDWARD WILLIAM ( 1814 - 1892 ), musician ;

b. 29 Jan. 1814 in London . His father, a native of Llandwrog, Caerns. , was a good musician and could play the violin . In 1820 the family moved to Glynllifon, Caerns. , the seat of lord Newborough , to whom the father became agent . When he was eight E. W. Thomas went with a sister to live at Oxford with a relative. He was sent to the Royal Academy of Music where he studied under Moira and Spagnolette . He settled in London as a teacher of the violin and as a member of the Royal Italian Opera . He afterwards became leader of the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra , a position which he held for thirty-four years; he was also, for five years, leader of the Leicester Opera House Orchestra . He took part in national eisteddfodau held at Llandudno 1864 , Rhyl 1865 , Chester 1866 , Pwllheli 1875 , and Liverpool 1885 . He composed many pieces for the violin , one violin concerto by him being dedicated to Joseph Joachim . His ‘ Can Bugail Morgannwg ’ appeared in Greal y Corau , May 1861 . Towards the end of his life he resided at the Dinas Dinlle Hotel , near Caernarvon , and it was there that he d. on 4 Oct. 1892 ; he was buried in Llandwrog churchyard.


  • M. O. Jones , Bywgraffiaeth Cerddorion Cymreig (1890) ;
  • Y Cerddor , Dec. 1892, Aug. and Nov. 1904 .


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

Published date: 1959