Davies, Sir Walford (Editor) (1923)
A Students’ Hymnal
Oxford University Press
Assembly took place every morning at 8:50 a.m. After getting us all in, and in lines,
I seem to remember a bible reading, followed by a prayer, then a hymn.
Was it Welsh on Tuesdays and Thursdays and English on the other days?
The hymns were generally sung cooperatively, but there were rare occasions
when the school was rebellious and deliberate alternative harmonies
were attempted by brave souls. This would result in a re-run of the
hymn until the mutiny was quelled. ‘Sargy’,
(Robert M. Jones),who was about two or three years ahead of us, accompanied
the hymn signing at the piano in assemblies for several years. At the
end of the religious part there were announcements. Mr Warren, PEP
or Mr Gwilym Williams usually took the assemblies. In later years some
of the school had assemblies in Bethel vestry, Tudor Terrace, until
we moved into the new hall/canteen that was built on the lawn of School
House (occupied by Mr David Jones, caretaker) in 1960.
This version of the hymnal contains four-part harmony for all the hymns, as well
as for anthems, carols and psalms. It is a hardback edition and has
775 pages; it cost 17/6d new in about 1961.
from Colin Rees