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Davies, Harry Parr (1914–1955), songwriter and composer, was born on 24 May 1914 at 15 Grandison Street, Briton Ferry, Glamorgan, the son of David John Davies, a bootmaker, and his wife, Rosina Parr, a teacher. He was playing the chapel organ and composing musical pieces by the age of twelve, and while attending ...


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Mills, Richard [pseud. Rhydderch Hael] (1809–1844), composer, was the son by his second marriage of Henry Mills (1757–1820), an important pioneer of Welsh congregational singing. He was born at Tŷ newydd, Llanidloes, in March 1809. He showed musical talent at an early age, and competed successfully at eisteddfodau on both musical and literary subjects. He left school at the age of eleven and established his identity as a musician when he was fifteen, when his hymn tune ...