ROBERTS, ROBERT (1840 - 1871), musician

Name: Robert Roberts
Date of birth: 1840
Date of death: 1871
Gender: Male
Occupation: musician
Area of activity: Music
Author: Robert David Griffith

Born 24 May 1840 at Tanysgafell, Bethesda, Caernarfonshire. He was 12 when his father died and he began to work in a quarry. He was taught the rudiments of music by Owen Humphrey Davies (Eos Llechid). Henry Samuel Hayden then gave him some instruction and the boy was admitted, when he was 14, to the training college at Caernarvon where Hayden taught; he afterwards followed Hayden in his post. In 1866 he was appointed sub-organist at Bangor cathedral, subsequently following Hayden as organist, a post which he held for the remainder of his life. He was also a competent player on the piano, the violin, and the ‘cello. He composed several pieces of music, among them being ‘Y Gwlithyn,’ ‘Tynnwn ein rhwyfau yn gryf,’ and a cantata entitled ‘Gwarchae Harlech,’ besides several hymn-tunes which were published in Llyfr y Psalmau (Alawydd) and Llyfr Tonau ac Emynau (E. Stephen). He died in February 1871, and was buried in Glanadda cemetery, Bangor.


Published date: 1959

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