PRITCHARD, ROWLAND HUW (1811 - 1887), musician

Name: Rowland Huw Pritchard
Date of birth: 1811
Date of death: 1887
Gender: Male
Occupation: musician
Area of activity: Music
Author: Robert David Griffith

Born 14 January 1811 at Y Graienyn, near Bala, a member of the family of Rolant Huw, poet. He laboured throughout his life in the cause of music and congregational singing. In 1844 he published Cyfaill y Cantorion, which contained about forty hymn-tunes, most of them composed by himself, and including the well-known ‘Hyfrydol,’ which he wrote when he was 20. He also published Y Fasged Gerddorol, sef crynodeb o egwyddorion Cerddoriaeth. Hymn-tunes and anthems by him appeared in Haleliwia, 1849; Haleliwia Drachefn, 1855; Llyfr Emynau a Thonau (Stephen and Jones); and other collections. He moved to Holywell to serve as an official under the Welsh Flannel Manufacturing Company. He died 25 January 1887. [See also Adgofion Andronicus, 49.]


Published date: 1959

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There is greater warrant for the version without ‘t’. He went to Holywell in 1880, and was buried there in St. Peter's church.

    Published date: 1997