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David Wynne archive (20th C.)


Composer of operas, orchestra pieces, concertante, chamber music, vocal and choral, and pieces for harp, organ and piano. David Wynne Thomas was born in 1900 in Penderyn, the son of a shepherd. He became a miner aged 14, at the Albion Colliery, Cilfynydd. At 20, he began lessons with a local music teacher. He showed great aptitude, and in 1925 was awarded a Glamorgan Scholarship to University College, Cardiff, entering directly into the third year of music studies under Professor David Evans. After a year training to teach, he was appointed Head of Music at Lewis School Pengam, in 1929, becoming the first full-time secondary school music teacher in Wales. In 1938 the University of Wales awarded him a D.Mus. In 1944 he was awarded the Clements Memorial Prize for his First String Quartet, immediately establishing him as one of the leading Welsh composers of his generation. Most of the music he wrote subsequently was commissioned. From 1961 to 1971 he taught at Cardiff College of Music and Drama, now the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and from 1970 to 1979 in the Department of Music at Cardiff University.

Date range: 20th century

Size: 12 metres

Language: English

Keywords: Music, composers, Welsh