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HUGHES , GRIFFITH WILLIAM ( 1861 - 1941 ), accountant and musician ;

b. 22 Feb. 1861 at Cefn-mawr, Denbs. , the son of Griffith and Ann Hughes . After attending the local elementary school and Ruabon grammar school he became a clerk in the office of the Wynnstay Colliery Company . In his youth he attended music classes conducted by J.O. Jones , Pen-y-cae , and Edward Hughes . In 1889 the Cefn-mawr choral society and a male-voice choir were formed and G. W. Hughes became conductor of both, conducting a variety of works; for a time he was also precentor at Capel Mawr (C.M.) , Rhosllannerchrugog . He made a special study of the Tonic Sol-fa system, became a licentiate of the Tonic Sol-fa College , and in 1900 , was elected to the Council of the College . In 1911 he was appointed stipendiary precentor at Princes Road Welsh C.M. chapel , Liverpool , where he laboured until his retirement in 1926 when he moved to Prestatyn . He composed several anthems and hymn-tunes , served as adjudicator , and conducted Cymanfaoedd Canu . He was one of the music editors of Llyfr Emynau a Thonau y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd a Wesleaidd , 1929 . He d. 27 Sept. 1941 and was buried at Prestatyn public cemetery.


  • Y Cerddor , Nov. 1902 .


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

Published date: 2001