John Evans-Pughe in Thessaloniki - 11 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 11 1947

Dear Mummy and Daddy and Tom…

[this para. translated from French]

…This morning I took one of the Greek servants to the English Church (one of the domestics works there).  A Greek choir sang, and it was the best I’ve head during my three years here.

[the following in English]

The Greek choir…   more >>

cite as

John Evans-Pughe, Letters of the Evans-Pughe family. In Private papers of the Evans-Pughe family. accessed: 12 June, 2024 (Contributed by Christine Evans-Pughe)

location of experience: Thessaloniki


John Evans-Pughe
Chorister, electronics engineer, National Service

Listening to

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church music

Experience Information

Date/Time 11 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 12:50:38 +0100
Approved on Wed, 14 Oct 2015 11:29:42 +0100