John Evans-Pughe in Thessaloniki - 4 August, 1947

from Letters of the Evans-Pughe Family:

TO: The Rev. J and Mrs. Evans-Pughe, Tovil Vicarage, Maidstone, Kent

FROM: John Evans-Pughe, 14073964 l/Cpl Evans Pughe, S.I.C. c/o A.P.O SALONIKA, B.T.G (or British Forces in Greece)

DATE: August 4 1947

…Some of the violinists in these café orchestras are a real treat to listen to; one learns no end by watching them.  They play mostly Tangos and Rhumbas for dancing – not this horrible stuff you get to dance to in England…

…There is every sort of orchestra here varying from Symphony orchestras, sort of Park bands, Modern…   more >>

cite as

John Evans-Pughe, Letters of the Evans-Pughe Family. In Private papers of the Evans-Pughe family. accessed: 11 December, 2023 (Contributed by Christine Evans-Pughe.)

location of experience: Thessaloniki


John Evans-Pughe
Chorister, electronics engineer, National Service

Listening to

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Greek traditional music

Experience Information

Date/Time 4 August, 1947
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


John Evans-Pughe (1925 to 1996) was a chorister (with his younger brother Tom) at the choir of the College of St Nicholas, Chislehurst, under Sir Sydney Nicholson and later a music scholar at Kings School Canterbury, Kent. The St Nicholas choir was recorded for many BBC broadcasts and for Columbia Records. A Columbia recording in 1939 featuring John Evans-Pughe and Michael Lumb as treble soloists singing O Lovely Peace (Handel) and Brother James’ Air (arr. Jacob) was a best seller. John did National Service in Egypt and Greece, and then studied science at Trinity College, Dublin. He went on to became an electronics engineer for Marconi Space and Defence Systems, continuing with music in his spare time.

Originally submitted by Liz Ford on Tue, 15 Sep 2015 12:46:04 +0100
Approved on Wed, 14 Oct 2015 10:36:37 +0100