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  Cyril Lewis    (b. 18 Februar 1921) Celebrating 96 Years This Month Boy Soprano Soloist 
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Cyril Lewis One of Steffani's Silver Songsters. See also the pages for Morris Stevens & Roy Kemp.

I believe Cyril Lewis joined Steffani's Singing Scholars in 1934. He can be seen singing 'Loves Old Sweet Song' with the Singing Scholars on the Pathe web site. This was filmed in early 1935 and he left the group soon after. He was a member of Steffani's Silver Songsters who were formed later in 1935.

"Master Cyril Lewis, aged 12, a chorister of St. Paul's Church, Port Talbot, has won 55 first prizes in 18 months. He has won four national honours, including the capturing recently of a silver cup for the championship of Wales. He took two firsts at the Ponthenry Eisteddfod last Saturday. As a side-line, on Wednesday next he will defend his title as champion boy sack-racer of Wales."
Report in the South Wales Evening Post (Swansea), Tuesday 27 June 1933.

Died 2000
Related Sites
Official Site: Steffani's Silver Songsters
Information about Steffani's Silver Songsters, The Sixteen Singing Scholars, The Harlem Pages and Steffani's other boys' choirs who toured the U.K. Variety theatres between 1934 & 1948
BCSD: Morris Stevens
BCSD: Roy Kemp
BCSD: Steffani and his Silver Songsters

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Featured Recordings Compact | Full
Cyril Lewis - Richards: Cymru fach (My own little country) / Y deryn pur (The Dove)
Richards: Cymru fach (My own little country) / Y deryn pur (The Dove) (Decca F.5139 (10-inch), 78 RPM) September 1934
Featuring Cyril Lewis  
A: Cymru fach (My own little country) (incipits: Mae lle iddi 'gyd yn fy nghalon, Gymru fach. / My own little country! I love her, land o' mine.) (song, 1927: wds Elfed (pseud. of Howell Elvet Lewis, 1860-1953) - music David Richards) (matrix TB1393)
B: Y deryn pur (The Dove) (incipits: Y deryn pur a'r adain las. / Fair dove, on blue far-glancing wing.) (anon. wds to an Old Welsh Air arr. Arthur Somervell (1863-1937) with Engl. wds by Alfred Perceval Graves - publ. in "Sixteen Welsh Melodies with Traditional and Original Welsh Words and English Lyrics" Part II (London, 1909)) (TB1392-2)
Both rec. (in Welsh) 13 July 1934 with piano accomp.
The second song is included in Amphion's CD "The Better Land" vol. 5.

The adjacent photograph accompanied the report in the South Wales Evening Post mentioned above.
  Side A -   Cymru fach (My own little country) (Richards)  
  Side B -   Y dery pur (The Dove) (Trad. Welsh)  
Other Recordings Compact | Full
Cyril Lewis - The Better Land Volume 5 - Great Boy Sopranos Recorded 1927-1957
The Better Land Volume 5 - Great Boy Sopranos Recorded 1927-1957 (Amphion PHI CD 189, CD) Oktober 2003
Featuring The Better Land Series   Derek Barsham   John Bonner   Alan Bradbrook   Master John Brookman   Thomas Criddle   Master Leslie Day   Beverley Jones   Raymond Kinsey   Cyril Lewis   Ernest Lough   Michael Morley   Billy Neely   Robert Duncan Peel   Kenneth Purves   Robert Regent   Trevor Schofield  
* denotes recordings published for the first time
  1.   Rejoice Greatly (Messiah, Handel)   Master Raymond Kinsey
  2.   Mighty like a rose ( Nevin-Staton)   Master Michael Morley
  3.   If I can help somebody (Androzzo)   Master Michael Morley
  4.   Hark! Hark! the lark (Schubert)   Master Ernest Lough
  5.   There is a green hill far away (Mrs C.F. Alexander-Gounod)   Master John Bonner
  6.   On Wings of Song (England-Mendelssohn)   Master Thomas Criddle
  7.   Should he upbraid? (Shakespeare-Sir Henry Bishop)   Master John Bonner
  8.   Angels Serenade (La Seranata)   Master John Bonner
  9.   Birdsong at Eventide (Coates)   Master Michael Morley
10.   Y Deryn Pur -The Dove (arr. Somervell-Williams)   Master Cyril Lewis
11.   A song of long ago (D.Furber-A.E. Adams)   Master Trevor Schofield
12.   Nearer my God to Thee (Carey)   Master John Bookman
13.   A brown bird singing (Barrie-Haydn Wood)   Master Leslie Day
14.   Lullaby (Brahms)   Master Michael Morley
15.   O for the wings of a dove (Mendelssohn)   Master Kenneth Purves
16.   Father in Heaven* (Largo-Handel)   Master Robert Regent
17.   Hallelujah (Exsultate Jubilate-Mozart)   Master Billy Neely
18.   Abide with Me (Liddle)   Master Derek Barsham
19.   Angels Ever bright (Handel)   Master Robert Duncan Peel
20.   With Verdure Clad (The Creation-Haydn)   Master Raymond Kinsey
21.   Oh for a closer walk with God (Foster)   Master Raymond Kinsey
22.   Beekeeper's Introit * (arr. G. Dixon)   Master Alan Bradbrook (Private Recording 1957)
23.   A Song of Peace*   Master Beverley Jones
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