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PRICE , THOMAS (MALDWYN) ( 1860 - 1933 ), musician ;

the ‘Maldwyn’ was added to his name in later years; b. at Talerddig in Llanbryn-mair (Mont.) parish , 19 March 1860 , son of Thomas Price , a blacksmith employed at the time on the building of the railway, under David Davies ( 1818 - 1890 ) (q.v.) ; the mother's name was Jane ( Howell ) . Thomas Price , sen. , had a rich bass voice and was a well-known choir-conductor ; and his daughter, Jenny , won a reputation as a contralto . T. M. Price studied music at University College , Aberystwyth , under Joseph Parry (q.v.) , and afterwards at the Royal Academy of Music in London . He became ( c. 1885 ) organist and choir-master in S. Mary's church , Welshpool , and remained there for the rest of his life; he d. 9 July 1933 , and was buried in S. Mary's churchyard . He composed much sacred music (chants, anthems, and hymn-tunes-the best-known of the latter is ‘ St. Elizabeth ’), and the male-voice choruses ‘ Croesi'r Anial ’ and ‘ Y Pysgotwr .’ He had m. ( 1889 ) Elizabeth (d. 13 Dec. 1933 , aged 67), daughter of Richard and Jane Evans , Upper Boar , Llanfyllin , and had two sons.

Sources:

  • Information from his nephew, Capt. W. M. Evans , Welshpool.

Author:

Dr Enid Pierce Roberts, M.A., D.Litt., Bangor

Published date: 1959