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John Roberts ('Ieuan Gwyllt') was one of the most important figures in Welsh music circles at the time. He was a Calvinistic Methodist minister, and one time editor of 2 newspapers – Yr Amserau [The Times] in Liverpool, and Y Gwladgarwr [The Patriot] at Aberdâr.

It was John Roberts who founded Blodau cerdd [The Choicest Music], and though technically not a periodical publication, 7 numbers were issued between July 1852 and January 1853. He also established Y Cerddor Cymreig [The Welsh musician], 1861-1873 and Cerddor y Tonic Sol-ffa [The tonic sol-fa musician]. Other popular music periodicals of this period include – Y Gerddorfa [The Orchestra] 1872-1881, and Greal y Corau [The Choirs' magazine] 1861-1863.

By the end of the century, therefore, the periodical press in Wales produced a wide and varied output. They were not solely national publications. Many periodicals of a local nature were also published, serving parishes, churches, chapels and societies.