After attending the Camberwell Collegiate School and King's College , London , he went to the Ebbw Vale iron-works to learn the business of an iron-master under his uncle, Thomas Brown , managing director of those works. He, however, paid more attention to music, taking part in concerts as violinist or pianist ; he also played the organ in various places of worship . After becoming an officer in the Monmouthshire Rifle Volunteers he often played in the band of the seventh battalion . In 1861 he went to the Millwall iron-works , London , where he soon formed a brass band .
He decided to abandon a business career for that of music, and in 1869 was appointed organist of Aldershot parish church . He won prizes at various eisteddfodau, for example, Carmarthen and Ruthin , for anthems, songs, and part-songs. He became organist of Hale church , near Farnham , in 1875 , and of the parish church, Farnham , in 1879 . Later he published a sonata in E major for violin and pianoforte for which he had been awarded the Sir Michael Costa prize at Trinity College of Music , London . In 1886 he was awarded the national eisteddfod prize for an anthem. He also conducted several choral and orchestral societies . He d. 26 April 1908 .
Sir William Llewelyn Davies, M.A., LL.D., F.S.A. (1887-1952), Aberystwyth
Published date: 1959