SAMUEL, WILLIAM THOMAS (1852 - 1917), musician

Name: William Thomas Samuel
Date of birth: 1852
Date of death: 1917
Gender: Male
Occupation: musician
Area of activity: Music; Performing Arts; Religion
Author: Robert David Griffith

b. 17 Oct. 1852 at Carmarthen. He attended a local day school and then received some instruction at the hands of the Rev. Lewis Lewis and Alcwyn Evans. He started to learn the Tonic Sol-fa notation when he was quite young and succeeded in gaining many certificates, eventually becoming L.T.S.C., and a member of the council. He attended music classes at Aberystwyth College under Dr. Joseph Parry. He composed hymn-tunes, anthems, and other pieces. His ‘Storm the Fort of Sin,’ the quartette ‘Y Deigryn,’ and his two anthems ‘Mor hawddgar yw Dy bebyll’ and ‘O'r dyfnder y llefais,’ became popular. With J. H. Roberts (Pencerdd Gwynedd), he edited Llawlyfr Moliant, the Baptist hymn and tune-book, and produced the Sol-fa version of the collection of hymn-tunes edited by Ellis Roberts (Elis Wyn o Wyrfai). He was a successful conductor of hymnody festivals with a special gift for conducting juveniles. He d. suddenly at Cardiff on 23 Feb. 1917, after he had conducted a choir of five hundred children in the Park Hall. He was buried in the Aberystwyth cemetery on 28 Feb.

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Published date: 1959

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