In Tonypandy, Wales, 200 members of the Mid-Rhondda Choral Society gave
first performance to a Christmas mass. It was composed by Edwin
Gardner, local street cleaner, who, despite no technical knowledge of
music, took inspiration from the noises of the street, worked out
melodies on a wheezy home organ and turned out a mass that last week
made him hero of the Rhondda coal district.
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