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William Penfro Rowlands

ROWLANDS, William Penfro. b. Dan-y-coed, Cwmderi, Pembrokeshire, 19 April 1860; d. Swansea, 22 October 1937. Born William Rowlands, he adopted the middle name ‘Penfro’ in honour of his native county. He showed promise as a musician when only a boy, and at 17 became precentor of the Calvinistic Methodist chapel at Gwastad. Following his appointment as a teacher at Pentre-poeth boys’ school in 1881 he moved to Morriston, near Swansea, where he served as precentor of Bethania Calvinistic Methodist chapel, and from 1892 to 1919 as precentor of Tabernacl Independent (Congregationalist) chapel. Here he conducted a large choir in regular performances of oratorios. His best known hymn-tune,...

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