John Evans-Pughe in College of St. Nicholas, Chislehurst - 12 February, 1939

from Letters of the Evans-Pughe Family:

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

FROM: John Evans-Pughe, College of St. Nicholas, Chislehurst, Kent

POSTMARK: 12 Feb 1939

Dear Mummy and Daddy

I have decided that it is not really worth getting a violin case yet, and in any case I would much prefer something else…I think the only thing that will be of any use to me is a fountain pen, but a cheap one.

We have just been listening to the records of the Broadcast; the silly part about them is that every time we had sung loud the B.B.C. had turned us down a good …   more >>

cite as

John Evans-Pughe, Letters of the Evans-Pughe Family. In Private papers of the Evans-Pughe family. accessed: 23 July, 2024 (Contributed by Christine Evans-Pughe)

location of experience: College of St. Nicholas, Chislehurst


John Evans-Pughe
Chorister, electronics engineer, National Service

Experience Information

Date/Time 12 February, 1939
Medium playback
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors


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 Mon, 14 Sep 2015 18:16:42 +0100
Approved on Wed, 14 Oct 2015 11:36:29 +0100