Flowers was a teacher of music. She was a very attractive and elegant lady with a lovely
personality. She was extremely popular with both the boys and the girls. A very professional
teacher, she could create an interest in music, all types of music, within the most ardent
"rock and roll" fan. Below is a tribute in the form of a biography, written
by her brother Ronald Flowers. Ron was two years Evelyn's junior and still misses her
Evelyn Flowers was the eldest of four children. She lived at 2 Amersham Avenue, N18
(named Halsbury Road at that time). She went to Silver St infants, then Haselbury Rd
school. At age 11 she attended Latymer School in Edmonton and, at age 18, she went to
Goldsmiths College to gain her teachers diploma. After that she spent the whole of her
life teaching in Tottenham and Brent Cross. Sadly, Evelyn died in 1979 after a long battle
with breast cancer. She was married to Leslie Reynolds, a Latymerian schooldays sweetheart.
They had no children.
mother encouraged all four children to study music. Evelyn had private piano lessons
from a Miss Malpas in Edmonton until about age 12 and then went to Mabel Floyd, a very
well known and respected teacher in Pembury Road, Tottenham. She passed the usual Associated
Board of Music exams up to Grade 8 whilst at Latymers and gained the LRAM teaching diploma
soon afterwards. She was a very capable pianist of course, and won many competitive festivals
around North London. At Goldsmiths she also took singing lessons and was later a much
sought after soprano in the Risley operatic society, Tottenham.
After her marriage, Evelyn lived first at 175 The Avenue, N17, and then in Cat Hill,
Barnet until her death. She loved her teaching, both at school and through private piano
A comment from Bob Benbow
It was Evelyn Flowers who encouraged the most unlikely crew of lads and lassies to
perform Gilbert & Sullivan's HMS Pinafore. I have never met anyone before or since,
with such a natural ability to develop and nurture talent, especially in those who thought
they had none. To this day so many people have Evelyn to thank for what has become their
lifelong interest in music and singing. It was a tragedy that such colossal ability was
lost so early to cancer.
And another from Stephen Nyman
I attended the school reunion in October, which was a wonderful, momentous occasion.
But it was tinged with an overwhelming moment of personal sadness when I learned of the
passing of Miss Evelyn Flowers. Having left school half a lifetime ago, in 1965, it shouldn't
be a surprise that, life being what it is, there are going to be losses, especially in
the older generation, namely the teachers. But to learn of Miss Flowers death at such
a young age, as long ago as 1979, was very upsetting.
Apart from my first form teacher, Miss Quass in 1960, Miss Flowers was the first teacher
I can remember. Her personality and good looks made a great impression on a shy young
boy. Music lessons were eagerly looked forward to and enjoyed. Strangely enough I could
never manage to read music, but that was down to an inability of mine to grasp the mettle.
In other words I was thick! What she did manage to achieve was to bring out the singer
in me. The first thing she did was to rope me into the school choir. That helped my confidence
and after that came the school productions of H.M.S. Pinafore, Trial By Jury, Die Fledermaus
and others. I still sing today, at my local pub on occasions, and this is all down to
Miss Flowers who instilled in me confidence and an everlasting love of ALL types of music.
Bob Benbow, in his obituary to her, rightly said she was an inspiration to so many of
Rest in peace Miss Evelyn Flowers, I will carry your memory for the rest of my life.