Aberdare Boys’ Grammar School
Music & Drama
St. David’s Day Eisteddfod, 1964
ST. David’s day at the
Aberdare Boys’ Grammar School was celebrated with an Eisteddfod rather
than the customary concert.
This was the first Eisteddfod held in the school, and it proved a resounding success,
with entries from all forms at all grades of proficiency.
The adjudicators were: Madam Havard Lloyd, Mr. Wayne Warlow and the Rev. E.A. Alder
B.A. (music), and Mr. E.J. Williams (recitations).
The proceedings were conducted by Mr. D.N. Williams, B.Sc., Mr. J.H. Evans
B.A., and Mr. J. Gethin Evans, B.A.
A highlight of the competitions was the special competition sponsored by the Headmaster,
Mr. J. Warren. B.A., M.Sc. who presented prizes for recitations in the English,
Latin and Greek languages.
These were won as follows: English, Byron Morgan; Welsh, Hywel Davies; Latin, Dylan
Morgan; Greek, Roger Humphreys.
Competition was extremely keen as can be gauged from the final result.
Violin solo (Forms 1, 2) 1 A. Williams (P.), 2 W. Coulan (T.) 3 M. Thomas
(D.); Piano solo (Forms 1, 2): 1. T.W. Owen (Ll.), 2 M. Davies (P.) 3 G. Dennis
(P.); Recorder solo (Form 1): 1 H. Lloyd (Ll.), 2 joint: R. Codd (T.) and
L. Hart (T.); Brass: 1 B. Davies (Ll.) 2 joint R. Codd (T.) and R. Turner
(Ll.); Recorder solo (Form 2): 1 W. Davies (T.), 2 B. Davies (Ll.), 3 D. Cochlin
Harmonica: 1 T. Owen (Ll.), 2 G. Morgan (D.), 3 I. Thompson (D.);
Woodwind (Forms 1, 2), 1 N. Ker (P.), 2 P. Pocock (P.); Recorder group: 1
Penri, 2 Llewelyn, 3 Tudor; 4 Dewi; Instrumental group: 1 Paul Wyatt’s group; 2 R. Michael’s
group; Pipe organ solo: 1 R. Davies (P.), 2 P. Ballinger (D.)
Piano solo (open): 1 joint; I. Lewis (P.), and H. Thomas (Ll.), 3 D. Owen
(Ll.); Welsh recitation (Forms 1, 2), 1 T.W. Owen (Ll.), 2 A.W. Jones (Ll.),
3 A.W. Jenkins (T.); Tenor, Baritone or Bass Solo: 1 P. Ballinger (D.), 2
A. Richards (Ll.), 3 R. Humphreys (P.); Any stringed instrument (open), 1.
R. Emm, (Ll.), 2 joint, B. Llewellyn (D.) and M.R. Smith (Ll.).
English recitation: (Forms 1, 2), 1 V. Munson (Ll.), 2 F. Haines (T.),
3 M. Howells (D.); Solo (Forms 1, 2, 3): 1 H. Davies (P.), 2 M. Brayley
(Ll.), 3 H. Cook (D.), 4 G. Lewis (P.).
Woodwind (open): 1 A. Burridge (P.), 2 H. Thomas (Ll.), 3 joint, A. Spybey
(T.) and G. Morgan (D.).
Choral Speaking Verse: Welsh: (Form 1): 1 Tudor.
Soprano Unison Group: (Form 1): 1 Llewelyn.
Essays: English (over 15): S.J. Davies (Ll.); (under 15). J. Clatworthy
(D.); Welsh (over 15): R. Humphreys (P.), (under 15): A. Davies (P.); Science
(over 15): joint, A.P. Jones (Ll.), S. Lewis (T.); (under-15): M. Thomas
Over 15: 1 P. Wyatt (T.), 2 I. Lewis (P.); Form 3 B. Emm (Ll.); Form
2: D. Samuel (P.). Form 1: N. Bremner (T.).
Latin: Translation; joint: A.P. Jones (Ll.), Dylan Morgan (P.); Map: A. Spybey.
French Prose: W. Powell(P.); Translation: R. Peake (P.); Geography: Map:
H. Davies (P.).
Welsh: Translation: (Speakers): H. Davies (D.); (Learners): S. Penny (Ll.).
Photography: (colour): M. Morgan (D.); Transparencies: L.P. Thomas (P.);
Landscape: M. Evans (D.); Portraits: C. Rees (Ll.); Action: P. Pocock (P.); Miscellaneous:
M. Evans (D.).
Final results: 1 Penri 268 Points; 2 Llewelyn 250½ points; 3 Dewi 230½ points;
4 Tudor 207 points.
from The Aberdare Leader, 21 March 1964
- Madame Havard Lloyd was a local private music teacher who, on occasions, helped
out as an accompanist for the school choir.
- Wayne Warlow had recently been a pupil at Pontypridd Boys’ GS at the time
when this eisteddfod took place. He was a talented cellist and member of the Glamorgan
Youth Orchestra. He has made a career of music and is based in south Wales.
- E.J. Williams was the Welsh master, possibly retired by 1964, at the Gadlys School.
He also stood as a Plaid Cymru candidate in the Gadlys Ward.
- D.N. Williams, from Abercarn, taught maths and science at the school 1960-65. He
transferred to Caerphilly Girls’ GS as Head of Chemistry.
- John Hopkin Evans taught Welsh at the school 1958-64. He transferred to Ystalyfera
- J. Gethin Evans was the music master at the school from 1956 to 1981 when he retired.
There is some information about him in the Teachers section of this website.
- We have no information about Rev. E.A. Alder. If somebody does, please let us know.