Born near Carmarthen; it was, however, from Manchester that he came to Holywell (c. 1818) where he became an excellent singer and acted for many years as precentor of the Wesleyan chapel. In 1844 he produced Eos Cymru, a collection of hymn-tunes, chants, and anthems. The collection includes four hymn-tunes and a short anthem of his own composition, and some of Handel's choruses. Newton's tune ‘Huddersfield’ first appeared in Wales in Eos Cymru. He died 27 October 1845 at the age of 68, and was buried in Holywell churchyard.
Published date: 1959
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