It is twelve months since we said our sad farewells to musician Rhys Jones. A musical legacy ensures that he remains forever in our thoughts.
Multi Talented Musician Rhys Jones
Rhys Jones was multi-talented. He possessed a wonderful sense of humour.
He loved telling stories and making people laugh. Also a successful teacher for over 40 years.
It is his music, coupled with his personality, that ensures adoration by his nation.
His funeral took place at a packed Clwyd Street Chapel, Rhyl on January 24, 2015.
Rhys Jones as a Parent
His daughter, Caryl Parry Jones, described him as:
“A brilliant father with a fantastic sense of humour.”
Shopping as a teenager with Dad was a nightmare. What should only have taken twenty minutes would take hours.
Dad would stop and talk to everyone. Even with people he had never met before.
He had that special gift of making people feel special and valued.”
Musician Rhys Jones and ‘Taro Nodyn’
Radio Cymru’s ‘Taro Nodyn’ was broadcast for 40 years. Thorough research and encyclopaedic musical knowledge gave the programme a faithful following.
Listen again to his dulcet tones during a typical introduction to ‘Taro Nodyn’.
Other media work included presenting the popular religious TV programme ‘Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol.’
Musician Rhys Jones in Demand
As a consequence of his musical talent he was in constant demand. As an adjudicator and accompanist Rhys took part in countless Eisteddfodau. It is certain that his compositions will remain an integral part in future Eisteddfodau and concerts.
His composition ‘‘O Gymru’’ is yet another of our unofficial national anthems. It will remain so.
In addition, Rhys was the musical director, conductor and accompanist of ‘Cantorion Gwalia.’
The entertainment went on for over 40 years. Enjoy again Rhys and his boys singing ‘Kalinka’ in this YouTube footage.
Musician Rhys Jones at the Piano
Rhys was also an exceptional pianist. His versatility as well as his musicianship typified in this arrangement of ‘Sospan Fach.’
In conclusion, an extraordinary life is detailed in his biography ‘‘Fel Hyn yr Oedd Hi’.’ Published in 2012 by Gwasg y Bwthyn.
As a result of his talent here are more accolades:
Honorary Fellowship from Bangor University in 2011.
A White Robe at the National Eisteddfodd in 2011.
MBE for his services to choral music.
Each one so deserved for this most exceptional man.