A HOROLOGICAL EVENING – ‘PERFECTION AND SIMPLICITY’ THE WATCHES OF A. LANGE UND SÖHNE AND THEIR PLACE IN GERMAN HISTORY

A talk by Jeremy Barlow, to include watches from his collection. Followed by dinner with an appropriately Germanic menu.

The firm of A. Lange und Söhne now rivals Patek Philippe for a prime position in the luxury watch market. Founded in 1845 by Adolf Lange in the small Saxon town of Glashütte, the company soon established a reputation for superb quality timepieces. Other manufacturers were attracted to the town and for many years production of pocket watches boomed. After World War One however the industry suffered as it failed to respond to rising demand for wristwatches and several firms went out of business, especially during the period of hyperinflation in the 1920s. But Lange survived, and in the Second World War the firm’s pocket watch movements were used to make outsize wristwatches for pilots and observation watches for the navy.

After the war, Glashütte found itself in East Germany and the firm of Lange was subsumed, along with other manufacturers in the town, into a state-owned entity known as GUB (Glashütte Uhren Betrieb); Walter Lange, great-grandson of Adolph Lange and head of the firm, fled to the West. Quality deteriorated, but after re-unification in 1989 Walter Lange, now in his seventies, returned to Glashütte and in 1994 re-established the firm that thrives today. The watches of Lange and Glashütte thus reflect aspects of twentieth-century German history.£

DINA DUISEN & MARTIN JAMES BARTLETT – MUSIC FOR PIANO FOUR HANDS

Kazakh-British pianist Dina Duisen was born into a family of musicians in Almaty, Kazakhstan. She studied there and in the USA before completing a Master of Arts Degree in Performance at the Royal Academy of Music and graduating with distinction. She is a major prize-winner at many piano competitions, including the 29th International Piano Competition in Senigallia, Italy, the Shabyt International Competition, the National Competition of Kazakhstan and the International Musician of the 21st Century Competition. Dina has also participated in a number of international music festivals in Europe, the USA and Asia, including IMS Prussia Cove Masterclasses and Open Chamber Music, Rome Music Festival and the Oxford International Piano Festival. Twice Dina was one of eight pianists selected to participate in Sergei Babayan’s International Piano Academy at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Dina gave the Asian premier of Mazurkas by British composer, Thomas Adès. She has been the resident class pianist for violin and viola classes at IMS Prussia Cove and Casalmaggiore International Music Festival, currently working at the Royal College of Music. Last year Dina joined Sinfonia Cymru for Twisted Rhythms: Mark-Anthony Turnage Birthday Concert at the Vibrate Festival. Dina was invited to join the Mercury Quartet for a concert at George Enescu Festival. Dina has performed at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham, at Milton Court, at the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall, as well as the 20th Anniversary Concert of the Oxford Piano Festival. In October, 2018 she made her debut at Cadogan Hall in a dramatised concert ‘Byron: Angel & Outcast” with actors Simon Russell Beale and Rob Heaps, the concert is scheduled in Kazakhstan this September. She regularly plays with Chris Richards (principal clarinettist, LSO), the BBC Young Musician of the Year – Martin James Bartlett (piano). 

Dina has released her solo debut album Mazurkas from Chopin to Adès which was recorded at Kings Place with the Grammy-award winning producer Andrew Keener.

Martin James Bartlett has performed in recital and with orchestras at the Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Barbican, Wigmore Hall, Purcell Rooms, Birmingham Symphony Hall and Cheltenham Town Hall. He has also performed internationally across France, Italy, Germany, Serbia, Russia and the USA. 

Winner of BBC Young Musician of the Year 2014, Bartlett’s performance of Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, with conductor Kirill Karabits and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, received overwhelming acclaim from Edinburgh’s Usher Hall audience and from those tuning into the live recording broadcast on BBC4 and BBC Radio 3. He made his BBC Proms debut in 2015 performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Eric Whitacre. He is a Foundation Scholar at the Royal College of Music.

In 2016, he performed at Her Majesty, The Queen’s 90th birthday thanksgiving service, which was broadcast live on BBC One from St. Paul’s Cathedral. Most recently, Bartlett made his Japanese debut performing Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.3 with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, and performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto in C minor, under the baton of Sir Bernard Haitink.

Programme: 

W.A. Mozart Sonata for four hands in D major, K.381/123a

E. Grieg Peer Gynt Suite, Op.46, no.1 

C. Debussy The Petite Suite, L.65

P. Tchaikovsky The Sleeping Beauty (selection), arr. by S.Rachmaninov£

INFORMAL JAZZ EVENING

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

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HOLLYWOOD TALES – TIMOTHY HARRIS IN DISCUSSION WITH KAROL GRIFFITHS

Savilian John Mason is delighted to be able to chair an evening with Timothy Harris, who will be speaking to Karol Griffiths about his time in Hollywood. Tim began as a novelist before concentrating on writing screenplays. He lived in Hollywood for over twenty five years and now resides in Notting Hill, London, where he has lived for over seventeen years.


Tim has written many screenplays including: ‘Trading Places’, ‘Twins’, ‘Astro Boy’, ‘Kindergarten Cop”, and ‘Brewster’s Millions’ to name but a few! He also produced

‘Falling Down’ starring Michael Douglas. This should be a fascinating evening.   

MAGIC, PRESTIDIGITATION & MIND READING

Savilian John Mason is excited to present a third evening of magical entertainment.

We are delighted to once again introduce two stars from The Magic Circle.  Quentin Reynolds from Ireland and by popular demand Roberto Forzoni for the second time.

Quentin Reynolds is a professional magician who has performed all over the world, including The Magic Castle in Hollywood and Las Vegas. He has also performed at FISM (magic’s Olympics!). He has just finished touring Germany where he was a sensation. Quentin is one of John’s favourite magicians and he is very pleased to introduce him to the Savile Club.

Roberto Forzoni was a knock out when he performed here about two years ago. Roberto mixes mind reading and magic, which he calls ‘psychological magic’. He has an easy discreet manner and enhances any occasion. He is sure to baffle and entertain us once again.

It is going to be a fun packed entertaining evening, do join us.

THE WEAK ARE A LONG TIME IN POLITICS – SAVILIAN PATRICK KIDD TALKS ABOUT HIS NEW BOOK ON THE “BREXIT NEVERENDUM”

Politics looked straightforward when Savilian Patrick Kidd took over the reins of the daily political sketch in The Times in 2015. David Cameron had just won a general election and would clearly be Prime Minister for as long as he wanted; George Osborne was his obvious successor (rather than the editor of a free London evening newspaper); Theresa May was a slightly underwhelming Home Secretary and Jeremy Corbyn an anonymous Labour backbencher best known as a serial rebel against his own party. Then suddenly everything went a bit strange. 

In this anthology of his best columns from four years in Westminster, Kidd plays the role of parliamentary theatre critic, chronicling the collapse of Cameron, May’s nebulous attempts at clarity, the rise and refusal to fall of Corbyn, and Boris Johnson’s repeated failure to keep his foot out of his mouth. Featuring a menagerie of supporting oddballs, such as Jacob and the Mogglodytes, Failing Grayling, Gavin ‘Private Pike’ Williamson and the simpering backbench lobby fodder that are Toady, Lickspittle and Creep, this is a much-needed antidote to the drudgery of the Brexit years.

By line photograph of Patrick Kidd

In a mouthwatering lunchtime aperitif, Kidd will give readings from his book and be interviewed by Savilian Christopher Hourmouzios about his time in Westminster, including a story about how Stanley Johnson, father of the prime minister, predicted how all this would turn out back in 2016 after a multi-bottle lunch on the terrace at the Savile.

“For some years, Patrick Kidd’s inventive and irresistible wit has been the only inspiring thing to come out of Westminster.” – Alexander Armstrong

“A glorious companion to Parliament’s descent into utter lunacy. Kidd skewers one of the maddest chapters in our island story with humour, humanity, wit and wisdom.” – Ben Schott

Chairman – Savilian Christopher Hourmouzios