A Blue Plaque for Caradog

Written by on 13th July 2023

A Blue Plaque dedicated to the legendary Welsh conductor, Griffith Rhys “Caradog” Jones has been unveiled on Courthouse Street, Pontypridd where he spent his final years. 

Caradog was born in Trecynon in 1834 and music was his passion.  His most famous achievement was conducting the renowned South Wales Choral Union or Y Cor Mawr, a choir of over 500 voices, to victory in the Crystal Palace Challenge Cup in 1872 and 1873.

He was one of the most successful choir masters in the National Eisteddfods of the era and his contribution to Welsh culture cannot be under-estimated.  His legendary victories showcased the musicality of Wales to the world.  His legacy can be seen all around – there are primary schools named after him and his statue stands proudly in Victoria Square, Aberdare.

Mayor of Rhondda Cynon Taf, Councillor Wendy Lewis said:

It was an absolute honour to unveil the Blue Plaque dedicated to Caradog. His legacy can be seen and heard throughout Rhondda Cynon Taf – from his statue in Victoria Square, Aberdare to the choirs that practise and perform throughout our County Borough every week.  He changed the way Wales was perceived by the world and bestowed upon Wales the well-deserved label of “Land of Song”.

If you would like to find out more about the Blue Plaque scheme and how to nominate a potential recipient, please contact heritageservice@rctcbc.gov.uk


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