John Thomas (II)

THOMAS, John (II). b. Blaenannerch, Cardiganshire, 11 Dec 1839; d. Llanwrtyd Wells, Breconshire, 25 Feb 1921. He was educated a Blaenannerch and at the Adpar grammar school in Newcastle Emlyn. Largely self-taught in music, he began to compose, and won prizes for part-songs at National Eisteddfodau in the 1860s. Thomas married in 1871 and moved to Llanwrtyd, where he remained for the rest of his life, enjoying popularity as an adjudicator and conductor of the Cymanfa Ganu*. He wrote numerous anthems, part-songs and hymn-tunes. One of the best known, BLAENCEFN, was composed in 1861 for a competition at a local eisteddfod held at Blaencefn, near Blaenannerch. Though it did not win the...

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