A Swansea Squire: Music Making in 19th Century Swansea
Swansea, in the second half of the nineteenth century, was awash with musical activity, some generated by local musicians, including Joseph Parry and the remarkable diva Adelina Patti. But there were others whose work has been completely overlooked and this talk will focus on the life and activities of one of these: the ‘Swansea Squire’.
Talk by John Hugh Thomas - conductor, choral trainer, singing teacher, lecturer and broadcaster.
In 1965 he established the Swansea Bach, one of the country’s first international Early Music festivals and formed the Swansea Bach Choir. At the invitation of BBC Wales he formed the BBC Welsh Chorus in 1983 and was instrumental in establishing the National Youth Choir of Wales in 1984. Currently he is an Associate Lecturer in the School of Music at Cardiff University and was awarded the OBE in 1996 for services to music.
Organised by the Historical Association.