CANDLELIGHT VALENTINE’S DINNER IN THE BALLROOM

For the romantically-minded, pianist Kate Williams will be playing cocktail jazz in the Ballroom from 7 pm until about 8.45 pm.

Cost – dinner and wine as chosen on the night from the menu.

Please reserve your table as normal via reception.

STARING AT GOD: BRITAIN IN THE GREAT WAR – SIMON HEFFER IN CONVERSATION WITH SAVILIAN DAVID OLDROYD-BOLT

Join Simon Heffer as he discusses the latest volume in his critically acclaimed history of modern Britain.

Drawing heavily on original material – letters, diaries, official papers – Simon’s new book follows Britain’s path from the day the fatal shots were fired at Sarajevo in June 1914 to the moment the guns finally fell silent on 11 November 1918.

The Great War evokes images of barbed wire and mud-filled trenches, and of the carnage of the Somme and Passchendaele, but it also prompted change on the home front on an almost revolutionary scale.

In his hugely ambitious and deeply researched new book, Simon explores how Britain was drawn into this slaughter, and was then transformed to fight a war in which, at times, its very future seemed in question.

Simon Heffer was born in 1960. He read English at Cambridge and took a PhD in modern history at that university. His previous books include: Moral Desperado: A

Life of Thomas Carlyle, Like the Roman: The Life of Enoch Powell, Power and Place: The Political Consequences of King Edward VII, Nor Shall My Sword: The Reinvention of England, Vaughan Williams, Strictly English, A Short History of Power, Simply English and High Minds: The Victorians and the Birth of Modern Britain. In a thirty-year career in Fleet Street, he has held senior editorial positions on The Daily Telegraph and The Spectator, and is now a columnist for The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph.

 “A brilliant history: The first serious and really wide-ranging history of the Home Front during the Great War for decades. Scholarly, objective and extremely well-written. Filled with surprising revelations and empathy. A remarkable intellectual and literary achievement.” – Andrew Roberts, 5*, Telegraph

Staring at God is a vast compendium of atrocious political conduct. Refreshing.

A trenchant history.” – Gerard De Groot, The Times

“A magisterial history” – Melanie McDonagh, Daily Mail

“Enlightening. Robust, an eye for the telling detail and a gift for bringing historical figures alive […] An epic, ambitious book.” – Daily Mail, Books of the Year

“Fresh insights, vast scope and caustic judgement. Possibly the finest, most comprehensive analysis of the home front in the Great War ever produced. Compelling reading.” – Literary Review

SAVILE MEMBERS’ KENDALL KUP KOMPETITION

Entries are invited for the individual duplicate tournament for the Kendall Trophy which is restricted to Savile members only.  The Kendall family have generously donated a trophy in memory of Fred.

Entries are in principle limited to 16 but it may be feasible to accommodate a greater number.  There is therefore a reserve list.  The exact number of players must be known in advance and the entries will close on Friday 7th February.

A CONCERT/TALK BY PROFESSOR PETER HICKS, FONDATION NAPOLÉON WHAT IS NAPOLEONIC MUSIC?

The purpose of this concert/talk is to recreate a soundscape of the early nineteenth century. If we think of the music of that time, the great names of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven immediately come to mind. On the other hand, if we look at the musical taste (nascent Romanticism, the craze for the military exploits, the passion for an imagined medieval past…) and the programmes of concerts (pieces of different genres, solos, self-accompanied art songs, historical and political pieces, all juxtaposed in no formal order) of the time, a whole new musical atmosphere emerges. Furthermore, composers completely forgotten today suddenly appear: André Grétry (“THE” star of his time in France and indeed elsewhere – his mega-funeral in Paris in 1813 would only be rivalled by those of Napoleon in 1840 and Victor Hugo, and that for the whole of the 19th century), P. J. Garat (Napoleon’s favourite “entertainer”, Parisian vocal star and composer), Etienne-Nicolas Méhul, Queen Hortense, Daniel Stiebelt, and Bernard Viguerie. These figured provided is provided the soundtrack for the Napoleonic period.

Peter Hicks is an historian of the Napoleonic period and head of international affairs at the Fondation Napoléon, Paris. He was also for ten years Visiting Professor at the University of Bath (UK) and is an Honorary Fellow at the Napoleon Institute and the French Revolution, at Florida State University (US).

The music of the period of Napoleon Bonaparte is among his intellectual and practical interests. On March 24, 2009, he co-organized with David Chaillou (and with the help of Radio Classique) the Atelier de la Fondation Napoléon – “Musiques au quotidien dans la France napoléonienne” at the Marmottan Library.

His article “The “pièce militaire et historique” for keyboard in the Napoleonic period: recounting a musical story” is published in Napoleonica. La Revue, 1/2010 (N ° 7). He is also a church musician in Paris (St George’s Anglican Chaplaincy), conductor (director of choral society ‘Musicanti’) and pianist/singer. On December 2, 2004, he conducted the orchestra, the soloists and the choirs in a bicentenary concert of the coronation mass of Napoleon de Paisiello, at the church of Madeleine, Paris, and in 2010 he conducted the orchestra, soloists and choirs during a concert commemorating the marriage of Napoleon and Marie Louise to Saint-Louis des Invalides, Paris. In May 2018 he produced the scores, made arrangements and also conducted a concert of rare Napoleonic music at the Hôtel des Invalides, (choir, soloists and orchestra). He is currently preparing a book on Napoleonic Music (Alma éditeur 2021).

INFORMAL JAZZ EVENING

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

For further information please see Savile Facebook group.

No need to book in advance.  Free to members and their guests

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.

CHARLES MOORE IN CONVERSATION WITH SAVILIAN DAVID OLDROYD-BOLT: MARGARET THATCHER: THE AUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY, VOLUME THREE: HERSELF ALONE

How did Margaret Thatcher change and divide Britain? How did her model of combative female leadership help shape the way we live now? How did the woman who won the Cold War and three general elections in succession find herself pushed out by her own MPs?

Charles Moore’s full account, based on unique access to Margaret Thatcher herself, her papers and her closest associates, tells the story of her last period in office, her combative retirement and the controversy that surrounded her even in death. It includes the Fall of the Berlin Wall which she had fought for and the rise of the modern EU which she feared. It lays bare her growing quarrels with colleagues and reveals the truth about her political assassination.

Charles Moore is an English journalist and a former editor of The Daily Telegraph, The Spectator and The Sunday Telegraph; he still writes for the first two. He is best known globally for his authorized biography of Margaret Thatcher, published in three volumes (2013, 2016, and 2019).

PROVIDENCE LOST – SAVILIAN PAUL LAY IN CONVERSATION WITH SAVILIAN DAVID OLDROYD-BOLT

Paul Lay discusses his new book Providence Lost: The Rise and Fall of Cromwell’s Protectorate with David Oldroyd-Bolt. It tells the story of England’s first and only experiment with republican government. It brings to life the febrile world of Oliver Cromwell’s rule, providing vivid portraits of the extraordinary individuals who inhabited it and capturing its dissonant cacophony of political and religious voices.

SAVILE CHRISTMAS SONGS

Join us to celebrate the arrival of Christmas with our annual evening of Christmas songs. The evening will include choral works & modern popular classics, interspersed with well-known carols for you to sing with the usual Savilian gusto! The evening will be led by the Psalo Singers, which includes a number of our own very talented Savilians, who are returning by popular demand. The choir will be led by Alex Hilton.

The evening will open with mulled wine and roasted chestnuts and be followed by supper with wine.