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Davies, Daniel [Dan] (1859–1930), choral conductor, was born at 39 Berry Square, Dowlais, Glamorgan, on 27 May 1859, the son of David Davies and his wife, Elizabeth. His parents had migrated from rural Carmarthenshire in 1850. His father, a butcher, was formerly employed as a coalminer by the local iron company, ...

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Rimmer, William (1861–1936), bandmaster and composer, was born in Southport and was to live there for the whole of his life. Encouraged by his father, Thomas Rimmer, bandmaster of the local volunteer regiment, to develop his musical skills, he learned the piano at the age of nine, joined the band as drummer at fifteen, and emerged as an accomplished cornet player by his early twenties. The brass-band movement, whose heartland lay in the textile and mining communities of ...