John Hughes

Welsh composer of hymns (including "Cwm Rhondda"), 1873–1932. Born 22 November 1873. Died 14 May 1932
John Hughes
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John Hughes

John Hughes Biography (Wikipedia)

John Hughes (22 November 1873 – 14 May 1932) was a Welsh composer of hymn tunes. He is most widely known for the tune Cwm Rhondda.

Hughes was born in Dowlais, and brought up in Llanilltud Faerdref (in English: Llantwit Fardre), Pontypridd. At the age of 12 he began work in Glynn Colliery in his home town and subsequently became a clerk at the Great Western Colliery Pontypridd where he worked for over 40 years. He served as a deacon and leader of the congregational singing in Salem Baptist Chapel in Llanilltud Faerdref.

The first version of his famous tune Cwm Rhondda, named "Rhondda", was written in 1905 for the Cymanfa Ganu (hymn festival) in Pontypridd, when the enthusiasm of the 1904–1905 Welsh Revival still remained. The present form was developed for the inauguration of the organ at Capel Rhondda, in Hopkinstown in the Rhondda valley, in 1907. Hughes himself played the organ at this performance, using the English translation of William Williams' words because of the large number of English-speaking industrial workers who had immigrated to the area. A number of his other compositions were popular during his lifetime, but have not lasted. The name was changed from RHONDDA to CWM RHONDDA by Harry Evans (composer), of Dowlais, to avoid confusion with another tune by M. O. Jones.

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Guide me, O thou great redeemer
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Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer (Cwm Rhondda)
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Cwm Rhondda
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Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer
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The Drifters
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Peter Williams
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Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer
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Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer

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William Williams
Peter Williams
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Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah
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Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

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Choir and Congregation of Llandaff Cathedral
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Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer
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Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer

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Lesley Garrett
Paul Leddington Wright
The Big Sing Orchestra
Daniel Moult
Geoff Ellerby
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William Williams
John Hughes
Cwm Rhondda (Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer)
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