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WYNNE , SARAH EDITH (‘ Eos Cymru ’; 1842 - 1897 ), vocalist ;

b. 11 March 1842 in Panton Place , Holywell, Flints. , the daughter of Robert and Harriet Wynne — (her name in the baptismal register is given as Sarah Wynne ). She showed a special talent as a singer when a child — she was only 9 when she joined the Holywell choral society . When she was 12 she went on a concert tour to various parts of Wales with a Mr. Hulse , Bangor , her special contribution to the concerts being the singing of Welsh airs . She went to Liverpool at 14 to receive lessons in music from a Mr. Scarisbrook , staying there five years. Her first appearance in London as a soprano was in June 1862 , in one of the annual concerts organised by Ellis Roberts ( Eos Meirion ). In July of the same year she took part in two concerts arranged by John Thomas ( Pencerdd Gwalia , q.v.) , the first in the S. James's Hall , the other in the Crystal Palace . She now settled in London and was soon to become one of the best vocalists in the country. In 1862 she sang in the national eisteddfod held at Caernarvon . She toured during 1863-5 with Madam Patti , Santley , and Edward Lloyd , and for eight weeks in 1864 she took the part of ‘ lady Mortimer ’ in Shakespeare 's Henry IV at Drury Lane Theatre . She had a successful American tour in 1871 . She took courses in Italy ( Florence , etc), under Romani and Vancini . She took part in the Crystal Palace and the Three Choirs festivals , and in many of the most important concerts given in the United Kingdom . In 1874 the London Welsh Choral Union presented to her a bronze bust of herself made by Joseph Edwards (q.v.) . Llew Wynne , secretary of the Liverpool Welsh Choral Union , was a brother, and Kate Wynne-Mattieson , vocalist , was a sister. Her last appearance was in 1874 , in S. James's Hall . In 1875 she m. an Armenian barrister-at-law , Aviet Agabeg . She d. 24 Jan. 1897 , and was buried in Hampstead cemetery.


  • Y Cerddor , April 1897 and May 1912 ;
  • Notable Welsh Musicians (1896) ;
  • Eminent Welshmen: a short biographical dictionary of Welshmen ... from the earliest times to the present (1908) (under ‘Wynne, Edith’);
  • Y Geninen , 1897 , 137, 195, 271;
  • British Musical Biography: a dictionary of musical artists, authors and composers, born in Britain and its colonies (Birmingham, 1897) ( Brown and Stratton ).


Robert David Griffith, M.A., (1877-1958), Old Colwyn

Published date: 1959