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DAVIES , WILLIAM HUBERT ( 1893 - 1965 ), musician ;

b. 24 May 1893 at Abersychan, Mon. , and educated at West Monmouth Grammar School , Pontypool . At the age of fifteen he won a Sainton open scholarship to study the violin at the Royal Academy of Music ; he was a pupil of Hans Wessely and later at Dresden of Leopold Auer . From 1919 to 1923 he was a member of the string trio which was formed by Henry Walford Davies (see above) at the University College of Wales , Aberystwyth , and in 1923 he was the leader of the Welsh Symphony Orchestra . Henry Wood heard him and persuaded him to join the Queen's Hall Orchestra in London . Between 1924 and 1934 he played there, at the Royal Opera House , Covent Garden , and with the London Symphony Orchestra . From 1927 he was also a violin and viola tutor , and a member of the string trio at the University College in Cardiff . He returned to the college at Aberystwyth in 1934 as tutor and leader of the college instrumental quartet . In 1950 he was appointed violin, composition and orchestral tutor at Cardiff College of Music and Drama . He composed many songs and choral and instrumental works , including work commissioned for the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra in 1945 . He m. Hannah May Reynolds , and they had two sons. He d. at Cardiff 27 Oct. 1965 .


  • Western Mail , 29 Oct. 1965 ;
  • Robert Smith (compiler), Seventh catalogue of contemporary Welsh music (1981) (1981) .


Dr Rhidian Griffiths, Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001