St. as­aph fes­ti­val

Evergreen - - Summer 2016 - NORTHWICH, CHESHIRE. GWILI LEWIS,

MADAM: “Our Chris­tian Heritage” ( Spring 2016) re­minded me of Wil­liam Mathias founder of the St. As­aph Cathe­dral mu­sic fes­ti­val in 1972. He was a ver­sa­tile mu­si­cian born in the same lit­tle town as me, Whit­land in Car­marthen­shire.

His fa­ther taught his­tory at the County School, Whit­land, and his mother played the or­gan at the Taber­na­cle chapel in the town. Oc­ca­sion­ally I went to their home to prac­tise my solo for an eisteddfod. Wil­liam took to play­ing the pi­ano when he was three years of age, and started com­pos­ing when he was five. Re­mark­able! —

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