- Owain Edwards
(b Pwllheli, Jan 15, 1825; d Liverpool, April 6, 1912). Welsh musician. He was brought up in Liverpool, started work at the age of 13 in a solicitor’s office and eventually became chief assistant to the clerk to the stipendiary magistrate. He was elected Justice of the Peace in 1895, the year following his retirement. He contributed regularly to Welsh newspapers and journals, and his books included a biography of Henry Richard and a novel Owen Rees, written in English and portraying the life of the Liverpool Welsh community at that time. Precentor at Netherfield Road Chapel, Liverpool, he was important in the early days of the Tonic Sol-fa movement in Wales. After hearing John Curwen in Liverpool in 1860 he and John Edwards immediately started teaching the system in their Sunday school. In 1880 the two men conducted the first Welsh singing festival held in Liverpool. He also travelled throughout Wales explaining Tonic Sol-fa and setting up classes, and in ...