Arrigo FOA [c.1900-1981] | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

Arrigo FOA [c.1900-1981]

Names
Given: 
Arrigo
Family: 
Foa
Sex: 
Male
Status: 
Deceased
Birth
Date: 
c.1900-01-01 (Year, Month, Day are approximate)
Birthplace (town, state): 
Vercelli
Birthplace (country): 
Death
Date: 
1981-05-23

Arrigo Foa is buried in the Jewish Cemetery at Happy Valley. See here His life story  here

Comments

I was fascinated to see the reference to Arrigo Foa.In 1959 / 60 I was a young National Service officer in the RE based at Tailam; I was also 2nd Oboist in the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Arrigo was conductor and Dr Solomon Bard the Leader. The HK Phil was then amateur not the high powered professional band it has now become. The first of ‘moddsey’s’ cross references is to Arrigo’s web page on the excellent Jewish Historical Society site. At the foot of the page I have added an anecdote about Arrigo and an orchestral rehearsal at St John’s Cathedral Hall in 1960. In the 1950s and into the 60s HK was not into culture. The fact that HK now has a number of orchestras both western and Chinese can be traced back to the work, enthusiasm and drive of Solomon Bard and Arrigo Foa.

Lovely to read those words about Arrigo Foa. 

I believe my Dad Eric GABRIEL was 1st Violinist in the orchestra playing with Monia Bard and I do remember going to rehearsals with him occasionally. Can’t remember if the City Hall was built yet or not. I met Arrigo a few times but didn’t know he was buried in the Jewish cemetery. Next time there in Shang Kwong Rd (my grandad buried there) I will look for Arrigo’s gravesite. 

Re: Soldier of Fortune. I met Clark Gable (woo handsome!) and Michael Rennie in the Lobby Of the Peninsula while they were filming in HK . Think I saw Susan Hayword (?) getting into the lift. Red hair, fair skinned - beautiful - 

Thanks for the lovely memories.

Regards Barb GABRIEL Mackenzie