Aberdare Boys’ Grammar School
John Gethin Evans (1920-1993)
Music Master, September 1956 to July 1981
Gethin Evans will be remembered for contributing a great deal to the musical activities
of the school, as well as for his organisation of many musical events in the town and
surrounding area. He possessed a fine baritone voice which we rarely heard, particularly
after his illness that took him out of school from the Spring of 1959 until the beginning
of the 1960-1961 school year. Together with P.E. Phillips, and in his short period
of overlap with T.R. James, he prepared the school choir for several of the concerts
that were performed in the Coliseum in the spring or summer terms.
He was also a vocal tutor on some of the Glamorgan Youth Choir residential courses at Ogmore Camp, deputy conductor of the Cwmbach Male Voice Choir, and a chapel organist.
Gethin was regarded with affection by his students and they formed long-lasting friendships with him.
Gethin married in 1945 and brought up two children a boy and a girl. Gethin’s
son, Ieuan Rhys Evans is the Cardiff-based Welsh actor known professionally as Ieuan
Rhys. Ieuan has appeared in film, television and radio - working in both the English
and Welsh languages.
Below, we reproduce an article that appeared in the 1981 edition of The Aberdarian. Written by Simon Thomas, it was one of a short series from the magazines that outlined the careers of staff who were about to retire. It includes the 25 years that Gethin taught at the school.
Thanks to Judith Griffiths for making a copy of the 1981 Aberdarian available
to the editors.