Born 15 April 1845, at Brynaman, Carmarthenshire. He started work in a coalmine when he was only 9 years old.
His first knowledge of music was derived from books published by Mills and Eleazar Roberts. In 1870 he went to Bristol to be examined in the tonic sol-fa notation, gained all the certificates that were possible, and qualified as F.T.S.C. — the first in Wales to gain that distinction. He conducted music classes in several parts of Carmarthenshire, composed many anthems and hymn-tunes, and wrote pieces suitable for children. He published Odlau Mawl, and Llawlyfr y Llais, and with others edited Y Caniedydd, Y Salmydd Cenedlaethol, and Y Caniedydd Cynulleidfaol. He also contributed a series of music lessons to the Tywysydd. His services were much in demand as adjudicator and conductor of hymn-singing festivals.
He died 20 January 1920, and was buried in Gibea chapel cemetery. He was made J.P. for Carmarthenshire in 1919.
Published date: 1959
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