STEPHEN HOUGH CBE IN CONVERSATION WITH SAVILIAN DAVID OLDROYD-BOLT: ROUGH IDEAS: REFLECTIONS ON MUSIC AND MORE

Stephen Hough is indisputably one of the world’s leading pianists, winning global acclaim and numerous awards, both for his concerts and recordings.

He is also a writer, composer and painter and was recently described by the Economist as one of ’20 Living Polymaths’. As an international performer he spends much of his life at airports, on planes, and in hotel rooms. This book expands notes he has made, in his words, ‘during that dead time on the road’.

In this event, Stephen Hough and David Oldroyd-Bolt will discuss music and the life of a musician, from exploring the broader aspects of what it is to walk out on to a stage or to make a recording, to specialist tips from deep inside the practice room. They will also cover people he’s known, places he’s travelled to, books he’s read, paintings he’s seen; and touch on more controversial subjects, such as assisted suicide and abortion. Even religion is there – the possibility of the existence of God, problems with some biblical texts and the challenge involved in being a gay Catholic.

AIR CHIEF MARSHAL SIR RICHARD JOHNS GCB KCVO CBE FRAES IN CONVERSATION WITH SAVILIAN DAVID OLDROYD-BOLT: BOLTS FROM THE BLUE: FROM COLD WAR WARRIOR TO CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF

Air Chief Marshal Sir Richard Johns’s illustrious career gave him the privilege of a rare, if not singular, perspective of the RAF, its sister services and national defence matters, witnessing a steady decline in the combat power of the UK’s armed forces as financial management took precedence over identifying strategic priorities and maintaining the vital skill-set of service personnel. His views are forensic and forthright, balanced and thought-provoking and will be both edifying and entertaining to anyone interested in British military power over the past half century. 

Sir Richard was commissioned at the RAF College Cranwell in 1959 after completing flying training on Piston Provost and Meteor aircraft. Following nine years service as an operational fast-jet pilot, primarily on the Harrier, he commanded both a Harrier squadron and the Harrier Force in Germany, then became a qualified flying instructor during which time he taught The Prince of Wales to wings standard. A succession of national and NATO senior appointments followed, culminating in his promotion to Chief of the Air Staff and Air ADC to the Queen. On retirement in April 2000, he became Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle. A past chairman of the Board of Trustees of the RAF Museum, he is now president of the RAF Historical Society.

CANDIDATES’ DINNER

Proposers and their Candidates are invited to attend a dinner hosted by the Club at which several members of the General Committee will be present. This will give candidates the opportunity of meeting both members of the Committee and other Savilians.

INFORMAL JAZZ EVENING

Savilians Felix Rigg (piano) and Jonny Baynes (percussion) are joined by various renowned jazz artistes. 

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BLIND TASTING AND NIBBLES – AMERICAN CHALLENGE

How good is your palate?  A blind tasting of wines from the Americas.  We will give you a full description of each wine, you tell us which bottle fits the description. 

A very informal and hopefully informative early evening event sponsored by Ellis of Richmond (one of our suppliers).  A magnum prize for the closest entry.

AN EVENING OF CABARET WITH TOM WAKELEY AND KRISTINA LIAN

Songs from West End Shows including: My Fair Lady, Les Misérables, Follies, Merrily We Roll Along and Phantom of the Opera.

Tom Wakeley has worked extensively in London’s West End and was Assistant Conductor on the musical Chicago for fourteen years. His other West End credits include Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Aspects of Love at the Prince of Wales and By Jeeves at the Lyric. Damn Yankees at the Adelphi. Also Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Lust, Kiss Of The Spiderwoman, Phantom Of The Opera, City Of Angels, She Loves Me and Cameron Mackintosh’s Miss Saigon at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. He was Children’s Musical Director/3rd conductor for Cameron Mackintosh on Oliver at the London Palladium.

Since 1990 Tom has been Vocal Coach at RADA, working in conjunction with the singing teachers there. He has made many appearances on BBC Radio 2 and Radio 3 as an accompanist and as the specialist music presenter on BBC Radio Berkshire.

After retiring from West End work Tom has formed many cabaret duets with singers, most notably Nicky Haslam, and in August 2017 Tom produced the Musical Cabaret Revue In Gay Company by Fred Silver, at the Jermyn Street Theatre in London to great acclaim.

Kristina Lian was born in Sweden, Gothenburg and has lived in London since 1998. At the age of seven, Kristina began to play the piano and a few years later as a soloist in her choir realised the joy of solo singing. A professional soprano, Kristina’s repertoire ranges from Classical Song, Musical Theatre to light Jazz/Pop. Kristina has freelanced for many years as a soloist throughout Europe and has sung as lead singer in various ensembles. Kristina has performed at the Sound, Leicester Square, been broadcast on MTV and the BBC. She has won “Sony´s” singing competition, also several London festival competitions in different genres including German Lieder and Musical Theatre

SAVILE SCIENCE – PROFESSOR RICHARD HARVEY ON THE FUTURE’S DIGITAL: BUT WHAT ON EARTH DOES THAT MEAN?

Politicians, social commentators and other fans of the new are fond of proclaiming that the future is digital.  Indeed “digital” or “cyber” has become the universal appendage to make everything sound groovy and fresh.  Let’s take Shakespeare’s seven ages of man from the “mewling and puking infant” to the “lean and slippered pantaloon” and see how digital technology might affect each age.  There are certainly many dire prognostications – especially for children – but also some rather uplifting possibilities. I hope and expect that the audience will be able to contribute and modify my predictions which, as a Computer Scientist, may be too sanguineous.

Richard Harvey is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of East Anglia (UEA) .  He is also the Worshipful Company of IT Professor at Gresham College.  His speciality at UEA is solving problems in pattern recognition which is branch of Artificial Intelligence .  In this domain he is probably best known for a system that can automatically identify and block pornography and for building a computer that can lip-read humans.  At Gresham College he gives six public lectures per year which are also available online.  In his spare time he is Academic Director of Admissions at UEA he visits quite a few places extolling the virtues of studying in the UK.

Chairman – Savilian Cliff Collis

SAVILE HISTORY – RICHARD NORTON-TAYLOR ON HIS LATEST BOOK – THE STATE OF SECRECY: SPIES AND THE MEDIA

Richard Norton-Taylor, one of the most respected security journalists of his generation, reveals the secrets of his forty-year career covering the world of spies, their masters and the military in Whitehall.

Early in his career, Norton-Taylor successfully campaigned against official secrecy, gaining a reputation inside the Whitehall establishment and the outside world alike for his relentless determination to expose wrongdoing and incompetence. His special targets have always been the security and intelligence agencies and the Ministry of Defence, institutions that often hide behind the cloak of national security to protect themselves from embarrassment and being held to account. Encouraged by his trusted contacts in intelligence agencies and Whitehall departments, Norton-Taylor was among the first of the few journalists consistently to attack the planned invasion of Iraq in 2003 and subsequently covered for the Guardian the devastating evidence of every witness to the Chilcot inquiry. He also enjoyed unique access to a wide array of defence sources, giving him a rare insight into the disputes among top military commanders as they struggled to fight wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with under-resourced and ill-equipped troops. Described by a former senior Intelligence official as a ‘long-term thorn in the side of the intelligence establishment’, and winner of numerous awards for his journalism, Norton-Taylor is one of the most respected defence and security journalists of his generation. Provocative, and rich in anecdotes, The State of Secrecy is an illuminating, critical and, at times, provocative account of the author’s experiences investigating the secret world.

Chairman – Savilian Sebastian Cody