Born at Llanidloes, Montgomeryshire, 2 November 1823. His family moved to Rhymney, Monmouthshire, in 1825, where he began to work in a coal-mine when he was quite young. He received no early education but he laboured hard to gain knowledge and become a competent musician and writer. After his marriage (1845) he opened a bookshop; he was also appointed postmaster. He was precentor at Ebenezer chapel, Twyncarno, and was one of the first conductors to undertake a performance of Handel's ‘Messiah’ with an orchestra. His choir was successful in many eisteddfodau, and he was also in demand as conductor of singing festivals. Hymn-tunes by him were included in Llyfr Tonau Cynulleidfaol and other collections and in Y Cerddor Cymreig and Y Gerddorfa. He left in manuscript a cantata called ‘Gweddi Habacuc.’ He died in 1878.
Published date: 1959
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