Dictionary of Welsh Biography


A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z



OWEN , JOHN JONES ( 1876 - 1947 ), musician ;

b. 2 May 1876 at Bryncoed , Tal-y-sarn, Caern. , s. of Hugh Owen ( DWB , 707) and Mary his wife, and a brother of Richard G. Owen (‘ Pencerdd Llyfnwy ’; DWB , 719) . He learnt to play the organ and the viola . He was conductor of the Nantlle Ladies Choir which took the prize at the Cardiff national eisteddfod of 1897 . Appointed organist of Tal-y-sarn (CM) chapel , he succeeded his father as precentor there. Among his compositions which became popular were an anthem, ‘ Llusern yw Dy air i'm traed ’, a part-song ‘ Yr Afonig ’, and a children's song ‘ Lw-li-bei ’. In 1921 he emigrated to the USA where he graduated Mus. Bac. and became organist and choirmaster of the Evangelical Church , Wilkesbarre ; he also served as adjudicator , as conductor of cymanfaoedd canu , and as conductor of the Wilkesbarre Orpheus male voice choir . He d. 21 Apr. 1947 and was buried in Greenwood Mountain cemetery , Wilkesbarre .

Sources:

  • Baner ac Amserau Cymru , Apr. 1947 ;
  • Y Genedl a'r Herald , Apr. 1947 .

Author:

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

Published date: 2001