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THOMAS , GEORGE ISAAC (‘ Arfryn ’; 1895 - 1941 ), musician and composer ;

b. at Spencer House , Llanboidy, Carms. , 29 Nov. 1895 , the son of Rhys Morgan and Margaret (née Jones ) Thomas . He was educated at the University College, Cardiff ( 1920-22 ), and the Royal College of Music ( 1923-26 ). He became an A.R.C.M. as an accompanist in Sept. 1924 , and A.R.C.O in July 1926 . He passed the theory examination in 1927 , but lost his health before completing the F.R.C.O course. He conducted the Ammanford and District orchestra from 1914 to 1922 . He acted as the accompanist at the national eisteddfod at Ammanford in 1922 , and as a harpist in Lady Brittain 's (‘ Telynores y Golomen Wen ’) harp choir in the eisteddfod concert. During his stay in London he was organist of Charing Cross chapel (CM) , and accompanied and conducted the London-Welsh Male Voice Choir . After returning to Wales he was organist of Bethany chapel , Ammanford . He conducted singing festivals , lectured and composed solos and hymn tunes . He d. 31 Dec. 1941 and was buried in the cemetery of the old chapel, Betws , on 3 Jan. 1942 .

Sources:

  • Information from this brother J. Emlyn Thomas .

Author:

Evan David Jones, F.S.A., (1903-87), Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001