26th March 1934- 24th October 2017
Colin Evans, who has died aged 83 after a long illness, was a much admired and respected Chairman of the London Orpheus Choir (LOC) for over 30 years. Colin joined the choir in 1967 as a tenor and became Chairman in around 1980. During his years as Chairman, he was instrumental in securing concert engagements in a number of prestigious venues, including The Royal Albert Hall, The Festival Hall, The Queen Elizabeth Hall and Cadogan Hall which gave the choir the opportunity to perform many large scale works such as Grande Messe des Morts and Elijah.
Colin ably guided the choir until ill-health forced him to retire, after which he was appointed Honorary President of the LOC in honour of his years of excellent service. His steadfast support for the late James Gaddarn, former conductor of the LOC, was proof of his great devotion and loyalty to the choir and its aims. Colin was an optometrist by profession and was highly regarded by generations of patients for his care, skill, sound judgment and compassionate nature, attributes which he showed in abundance in the LOC.
Those who knew Colin well will remember him as a kind and generous person with a sharp sense of humour. His role as Chairman involved vast amounts of organisation and tactful negotiation but he always had time to be a sympathetic listener to any problems among members of the choir. His inspirational leadership and strong personal qualities helped to ensure that the LOC maintained its reputation as one of London’s leading choirs, and he will be greatly missed by those who were fortunate enough to know him.
Thanks are due to Charlotte Halliday, former LOC alto and Archivist to the choir, who helped in the preparation of this tribute.