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Williams, J. Glyndyrus, music manuscripts

Reference code(s): GB 0210 JGLYNW

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: J. Glyndyrus Williams Music MSS

Short Title: Williams, J. Glyndyrus, music manuscripts

Creation date(s): 1949-1952

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.009 cubic metres (1 box)

Name of creator(s): John Glyndyrus Williams


Administrative/Biographical history: John Glyndyrus Williams (1874-1955), composer of Welsh hymns and anthems, was born at Mountain Ash, Merthyr Tydfil. As a young boy, he became interested in the harmonium, and later, when his family emigrated to Scranton, Pennsylvania, he became fascinated with the work of the American Gospel composer, Ira D. Sankey. In 1890, the family returned to Merthyr, and Williams started to learn Tonic Sol-fa with Abraham Thomas, Precentor of Adulum Chapel. He was appointed conductor of the Zion Band of Hope, and was later Precentor at various local chapels. As a composer he won a prize for a march 'Awn i Bethania' in the festival held by the Baptists in Merthyr. He served on the committee of the musical festival arranged by the Baptist Denomination at the National Pavilion in 1901. He was a member of the Tonic Sol-fa Board and acted as an examiner on several occasions. He was one of the youngest members of the musical committee of the National Eisteddfod held in Merthyr in 1901, and was conductor of Cymanfaoedd Canu. He was appointed school attendance officer, 1899-1911, by the Merthyr School Board and later as a relieving officer until he retired on 30th September 1939. He died at St. Tydfil's Hospital on Monday, 18th April 1955, at the age of 80.


Scope and content/abstract: Notebook, music book; anthems, hymn-tunes and marches; miscellaneous songs (solos and four parts); miscellaneous music; published compositions and scrapbook of Evan Morgan ('Alaw Tydfil'), Merthyr Tydfil, mainly containing copies of hymn-tunes by various composers.


Language/scripts of material: Welsh, English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available in Minor Lists and Summaries 1988, p. 71, at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue is available online.

Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records purchased by the National Library of Wales have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Purchased from David Harbourne, 44 Bishop's Walk, Llandaff, Cardiff, in August 1987.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW Project. The following sources were consulted in the compilation of this description: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries, 1988; Merthyr Express, 23 April 1955.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH

Date(s) of descriptions: May 2003

Composers | Wales
Composers | Wales | Archives
Hymns, Welsh language
Morgan, Evan | Archives
Music | Wales | Manuscripts
Williams, John Glyndyrus, | 1874-1955 | Archives

Personal names
Morgan , E. (Evan) , Alaw Tydfil
Williams , John Glyndyrus , 1874-1955

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