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Ifor ap Gwilym

Ifor ap Gwilym was born in Bangor, son of Reverend William Williams and Myfi Williams. He was brought up in Machynlleth, where he received his early education. He received training on the piano by Mr Brwnant Jones, violin with Eric Jones, organ wih Charles Clements, harp with Alwena Roberts and voice with Redvers Llewelyn. He was a member of several youth orchestras. After winning a scholarship to study Music in Bangor, in the Professor William Mathias department, he graduated with Honours in 1974. He worked with Urdd Gobaith Cymru for a short time before being appointed the South Wales National Eisteddfod Assistant Organiser. He assissted with National Eisteddfodau in Cardigan, Cardiff, Lliw Valley and Swansea. He was Choir-master at both the Swansea and Bro Colwyn National Eisteddfod and has been one of the official organists for Gorsedd y Beirdd and Gorsedd Music Examiner. He is a well-known Cymanfa conductor – he lead the Welsh Australians Cymanfa Ganu in Melbourne in 1991. After a period administrating the Christopher Davies Press, and one of the editors for Barn magazine, he was appointed Administrative Officer for WJEC in Cardiff. In 1984 he became Minister for the care of Cardigan Welsh Presbyterian Church. In 1989 he moved to care for the churches of Mynydd Seion, Christ Church and Tabor in Abergele. He has had a number of articles on the history of music published in numerous journals.


Emynau Cymru / The Hymns of Wales

- Ifor ap Gwilym, Gwynn ap Gwilym