William Penfro Rowlands

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William Penfro Rowlands (19 April 1860 – 22 October 1937)[1] was a Welsh schoolteacher and composer.[2]

Rowlands was born at Llys y Frân, Maenclochog, Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro in the Welsh language, hence his middle name). Probably his best-known composition is the hymn-tune "Blaenwern", composed in 1905. As well as being a church musician, Rowlands taught in several schools and was conductor of the Morriston United Choral Society.[3]

He died in Swansea and is buried in Morriston Cemetery, Swansea, plot B11. A memorial stone to the composer was unveiled in March 1998, close to his birthplace.[4]


  1. ^ Cyberhymnal: William Penfro Rowlands
  2. ^ Hymns Without Words
  3. ^ "Tunes - Blaenwern". hymnary.org. Retrieved 29 April 2011.
  4. ^ "Public Monument and Sculpture Association National Recording Project".