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MORGAN , ALFRED PHILLIPS ( 1857 - 1942 ), musician ;

b. 21 May 1857 at Rumney, Mon. , s. of David Price and Levia Phillips Morgan . The family moved to Pwllgwilym near Cefn-bedd-Llywelyn , and later at Builth . He was educated at Builth Endowed School , and afterwards he went to Aberystwyth college for a music course under Dr. Joseph Parry ( DWB , 738) and he received tuition at the Tonic Sol-fa College of Music . He won many prizes for composing tunes and singing (baritone) at eisteddfodau . He was appointed conductor of Builth Choral Society , and the choir won prizes at the national eisteddfod held at Liverpool , 1897 , and at Blaenau Ffestiniog , 1898 , and also at other important eisteddfodau . He composed music for the ‘ Te Deum ’, and ‘ The Lord's Prayer ’. His tunes ‘ Treflys ’ and ‘ Dyfed ’ became popular, whilst his tune ‘ Cefn-bedd-Llewelyn ’ is still sung and is included in most hymnals. Anthems and a part-song by him were published in Y Cerddor . He became organist , choirmaster , and elder at Alpha Presbyterian church , Builth , duties which he carried out until his death. Under his baton the choir performed several works of the masters. He was a member of the joint committee for the Church Hymnary , and a member of Breconshire Education Committee . He d. 8 Feb. 1942 , and was buried in Builth cemetery.

Sources:

  • Y Cerddor , Nov. 1898 ;
  • Treasury , Caernarfon , June 1942 .

Author:

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

Published date: 2001