EVANS, DAVID PUGH (1866 - 1897), musician

Name: David Pugh Evans
Date of birth: 1866
Date of death: 1897
Parent: Elizabeth Pugh Evans
Parent: Daniel Pugh Evans
Gender: Male
Occupation: musician
Area of activity: Music
Author: Robert David Griffith

Born in a farm-house called Llain-wen, near Ffynnonhenry, Conwil, Carmarthenshire, son of Daniel and Elizabeth Pugh Evans. As a youth he served in a shop at Llanelly, where he joined the choir at Capel Seion conducted by R. C. Jenkins. He learnt the Tonic Sol-fa system in a class held by D. W. Lewis of Brynaman, and harmony in a class held by Joseph Parry - both classes being held at Llanelly.

In 1887 he won an open scholarship tenable for three years at the Royal College of Music, London; owing to his success as a student the scholarship was extended for a fourth year. He was possessed of a fine tenor voice which, however, was affected by an illness from which he suffered when he was at college. Afterwards he settled in Swansea as a teacher of music. He composed several excellent songs, his first, ' Yr Hen Gerddor,' being followed by ' Hyd fedd hi gâr yn gywir,' ' Brad Dynrafon,' ' Oleuni Mwyn,' etc. He also composed a duet, ' Y Delyn â'r Crwth; part-songs, ' O fy Iesu, Mhriod Annwyl,' ' Golch fi,' ' Teyrnged Cariad ' (for male voices), and composed an arrangement of ' Y Delyn Aur.'

One of the most promising young Welsh composers, he died at the age of 31 on 3 February 1897. He was buried at the Mumbles, Swansea.


Published date: 1959

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