SAVILE HISTORY- DR JONATHAN BOFF ON THE FIRST WORLD WAR: A GERMAN VIEW

This lecture will explore the Western Front 1914-18 from a perspective we in this country explore all too rarely: that of the German enemy. By analysing the wartime experiences of one of the most senior German generals, Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria, Jonathan Boff will shed new light on the two contending sides and the course and character of the war.’

Dr Jonathan Boff is a Senior Lecturer in History and War Studies at the University of Birmingham, where he teaches courses on conflict from Homer to Helmand. He specializes in the First World War. Haig’s Enemy: Crown Prince Rupprecht and Germany’s War on the Western Front, 1914-18 was published by Oxford University Press in April this year. His previous book, Winning and Losing on the Western Front: The British Third Army and the Defeat of Germany in 1918 (Cambridge University Press, 2012) was short-listed for the Templer Medal and for the British Army Book of the Year award. He was educated at Merton College, Oxford and the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, and spent twenty years working in finance before returning to academia. He serves on the councils of the National Army Museum and Army Records Society, has worked as a historical consultant with the British Army and the BBC, and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Chairman – Savilian Tim Halstead

THIS EVENT IS NOW CANCELLED. WHY WE GET THE WRONG POLITICIANS -SAVILIAN MARTIN VANDER WEYER IN DISCUSSION WITH ISABEL HARDMAN

In the week after the UK leaves the EU, Martin Vander Weyer talks to Isabel Hardman, award-winning political commentator and assistant editor of the spectator about her book ‘WHY WE GET THE WRONG POLITICIANS’ and what’s going to happen after the Brexit debacle. Published by Atlantic books, ‘Why We Get the Wrong Politicians’ is a sympathetic and insightful analysis of today’s motley political class, lifting the lid on the strange world of Westminster and asking why voters too often end up with representatives they neither respect nor trust. Robert Peston found it ‘compelling and entertaining’ and the Evening Standard called it ‘A must-read for anyone who wants to change the way they think about politicians’.

JEWELS OF BAROQUE OPERA

Clara Kanter and Sarah Gabriel present a programme of vocal works by one of Brook Street’s most famous residents, George Frideric Handel. The concert will include arias and duets from Handel’s operas, oratorios and cantatas, including Alcina, Deidamia, Theodora and Giulio Cesare.

Described by Le Monde as ‘As fine an actor as she is a singer’, soprano Sarah Gabriel has performed worldwide onstage and in recital, giving baroque recitals for the London Handel Festival, Handel/Hendrix, the European Broadcasting Union, across Europe, in the Far East and in the United States. Projects for the 2018/2019 season include The Trial of Artemisia (a new solo opera by Joseph Atkins) and Lucretia’s Last Breath (a modern masque based upon Handel’s youthful masterpiece, La Lucrezia).

Mezzo-soprano Clara Kanter recently graduated with distinction from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She is a frequent performer of baroque repertoire, and has featured as a step-out soloist for Messiah with Nevill Holt Opera Young Artists, and with the Handel House Singers directed by Laurence Cummings, in operas by Caldara with La Serenissima at Wigmore Hall, and in Bach’s St Matthew Passion with the Academy of Ancient Music at Cadogan Hall. Future plans include performances of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater in London and Oslo.

Satoko Doi-Luck is a harpsichordist and a composer from Japan and based in London. She is a founder member of the chamber music groups Ceruleo and Ensemble Molière as well as having been played with Birmingham Opera Company, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, La Serenissima and the Shakespeare’s Globe. www.satokodoi-luck.com

SAVILE SCIENCE – JULIAN BARNARD ON SPIES AND THEIR SPECIAL EQUIPMENT

The lecture will include the following topics – special silenced weapons and other methods of lethality, suicide pills, radio and mobile ‘phone interception, radio and mobile phone jamming and deception, explosive devices and triggers, target tracking via the internet and other covert methods and deception techniques to use against an enemy. Also Black Propaganda, rubber vehicles, and other devices and techniques used will be discussed.

Julian Barnard works at Joint Force Command, whose base at Chicksands in Bedfordshire is the home of The Intelligence Corps. A member of the Special Forces Club, Julian has spent the last forty years working in the design and manufacture of “gadgets” for use by the SAS / SBS and other Intelligence groups. Julian is a Trustee of the Military Intelligence Museum and is currently heading up a team to move the Museum from “behind the wire” at Chicksands, to a more accessible site at Milton Bryan on the Duke of Bedford’s Estate at Woburn, Bedfordshire.

Chairman – Savilian Ken Allen

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.

DAVID GILMOUR ON THE BRITISH IN INDIA

David Gilmour discusses his panoramic new social history of the British in India, tracing the lives of countless individuals and the world they created.

The British in this book lived in India from shortly after the reign of Elizabeth I until well into the reign of Elizabeth II. They were soldiers, officials, businessmen, doctors and missionaries of both sexes, planters, engineers and many others, together with children, wives and sisters. This book describes their lives, their work and their extraordinarily varied interactions with the native populations; it also records the very diverse roles they played in the three centuries of British-Indian history. Gilmour writes of people who have never been written about before, men and women who are presented here with humanity and often with humour. The result is a magnificent tapestry of life, an exceptional work of scholarly recovery which reads like a great nineteenth-century novel. It makes a highly original and engaging contribution to a long and important period of British and Indian history.

Chairman – Savilian Marcus Potter