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VILLAGERS
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Mr Claerwyn Davies
(Opera Singer and Producer)

The following reports are taken from the Merthyr Express

9 November 1929   Fochriw Vocalist   There was a large audience at the Hanbury Cinema, Bargoed on Sunday evening, when the Powell Duffryn Male Voice Party, under their conductor Mr. C. Tudor Jones, L.R.A.M., gave a benefit concert to one of their vocalists in the person of Mr. Claerwyn Davies, Brook Cottage, Fochriw. The chair was taken by Councillor Minhinnick. Mr. Davies, who is only 21 years of age, has been successful in obtaining the Rosing Scholarship, London, which is open to singers throughout Great Britain, and he headed the list of 600 aspirants. The scholarship is valued at 250 guineas per annum, including tuition in eight languages. Mr. Davies has made a wonderful advancement in the last three years. His musical career reads like a romance. One day, he went to hear Chaliapine, the Russian bass, sing at a concert in Cardiff, and apparently, he was inspired on hearing the Russian's wonderful voice, and went in seriously for singing. He has broadcast from the Cardiff Studio, and holds the distinction of being the youngest bass to have appeared before the microphone. When the Royal Carl Rosa Company visited Cardiff last season, he was offered an appointment. Patrons of the Capitol, Cardiff, heard his powerful voice when he appeared there a short while ago on the week's engagement. According to the critics his range of voice is described as phenomenal, from bottom Double C to top B Flat. Mr. Davies is a former pupil of Lewis' School Pengam, but is now employed as a miner. He is also an all-round athlete, and was given a soccer trial for Wales when at school. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. David Davies, Fochriw.

28 March 1931   Congratulations    The many friends of Mr. Claerwyn Davies will be pleased to hear of his brilliant success in the musical world. He has been awarded the Rosing Progress Medal, and has the unique distinction of being the first student to receive this award after one year's study. This award covers singing, languages, etc. His friends join in wishing him further success.

19 December 1936   Opera Singer   Mr. Claerwyn Davies, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Davies, Brook-row, who is well known in musical circles under the name of John Havard, is making fine progress as a singer. He was heard to good effect in the broadcast from Sadlers' Wells Theatre on Saturday in Act 2 of Puccini's opera "Madam Butterfly."

7 July 1951    Song of Norway”    Mr. Claerwyn Davies, son of Mr. & Mrs. Davies of Brook-row, who is well known by the stage name of Jack Havard, is the producer of the “Song of Norway,” at the Open-Air Theatre, Scarborough. Mr. Havard has had considerable experience of open-air theatre work. As a young man he worked in the mines, and by hard work has become a well-known singer and producer. He appeared in “Maritana” in 1946, “Hiawatha” in 1947, and was stage director for “Faust” in 1948. He was the producer of “The Vagabond King” last year. This year’s production is the most ambitious to date. The story is set in a Norwegian village to the music of Grieg. As darkness falls, a curtain of water sprayed into the air illuminated with coloured lights, it achieves a Northern Lights effect.
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Claerwyn Davies [the Nant]; stage name – John Havard
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