|Birth: ||Dec. 11, 1855, Wales|
|Death: ||Apr. 13, 1918|
Greater London, England
David Thomas Ffrangcon-Davies was a Welsh operatic baritone.
He was born in Bethesda, Gwynedd. He took the name Ffrangcon, an early variant spelling of the nearby valley Nant Ffrancon. He attended Friars School, Bangor and Jesus College, Oxford, matriculating in 1876 and graduating with a BA in 1881. He was ordained a clergyman and was appointed curate at Llanaelhaearn in 1884 and then at Conwy in 1885. While at Conwy he studied the organ.
He was unable to secure the post of minor canon at Bangor cathedral, and so he decided to concentrate on a singing career. He became a curate at St. Mary's, Hoxton, London, where he was permitted to pursue his music studies.
Davies' musical interest had begun at an early age under his father's guidance.His father was a supervisor at the Bethesda Foundry, Caernarvonshire.In 1888, he began to sing professionally in concerts in Cardiff. He soon joined the Carl Rosa Opera Company and made his operatic debut in the part of the herald in Wagner's Lohengrin. His greatest success was in the title role of Felix Mendelssohn's Elijah, which he sang for the first time in 1890 at the Horringham, Yorkshire, music festival.In 1889 he married Annie Francis Rayner. His first born daughter was actress Gwen Lucy Ffrangcon-Davies, whose career spanned some seven decades. Daughter Marjorie was born in 1893. His son, Private Geoffrey Ffrangcon-Davies fell in action during the Great War,aged just 19 whilst serving with the 1st Bn. The Honourable Artillery Company.In the late 1890s, Davies toured the U.S. and Germany. He then moved to Berlin to sing and teach singing. In 1901 he again visited the U.S. to sing and lecture. In 1904 he was appointed professor of singing at the Royal Academy of Music in Britain and published a book on vocal training, The Singing of the Future, in 1905.In his final years, he suffered from mental instability and died at the Bethlem Royal Hospital, Beckenham, Kent.
(Civil Registration:Deaths Jun 1918 Ffrangcon-Davies David T 62 Southwark 1d 48 )
Annie Frances Rayner Ffrangcon-Davies (____ - 1936)
Geoffrey Ffrangcon-Davies (____ - 1915)*
Gwen Lucy Ffrangcon-Davies (1891 - 1992)*
Note: The Times newspaper 19th April 1918 states that his funeral and committal were held at Marylebone Cemetery in Finchley, London on the 18th of April.
East Finchley Cemetery and Crematorium
London Borough of Barnet
Greater London, England
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