Forthcoming Events

Booking information for MEMBERS AND THEIR GUESTS

To make a reservation for one of these events, please telephone Reception on 020 7629 5462 or Maja on 020 7491 5563 or email: Maja@savileclub.co.uk

PLEASE NOTE OUR CANCELLATION NOTICE PERIOD IS 24 HOURS. THE FULL AMOUNT WILL BE INCURRED FOR NO-SHOWS AND £20 IF NOTICE OF CANCELLATION IS GIVEN ON THE DAY. ALL CANCELLATIONS NEED TO BE CONFIRMED VIA EMAIL.

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

Monday January 27th, 2020

Monday 27th January - 6.30pm for 7pm, (optional) dinner 8.15pm

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).

Cost: £10 welcome drinks and talk PLUS £33 (optional) dinner with wine

CANDIDATES’ DINNER

Tuesday January 28th, 2020

7.15pm drinks in the Bar, dinner at 8pm

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.

Cost: Proposers and their Candidates, General Committee Members)

INFORMAL JAZZ EVENING

Thursday January 30th, 2020

9pm - 11.15pm

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

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

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

Wednesday February 5th, 2020

6.30pm for 7pm, followed by (optional) dinner

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).

Cost: £10 welcome drinks and concert/talk PLUS £33 (optional) dinner with wine

APERITIF CONCERT - MADDOX CLASSICS

Friday February 7th, 2020

12.30pm - 1pm

MADDOX CLASSICS showcase their uniquely intimate repertoire on a debut UK tour, including a number of works by Savile poets and composers. Phillipa Thomas mezzo, Savilian James Williams, Linus Weber cello, Meghan Behiel piano

Link to youtube page  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi-pUmpeVKkCch8RtT6rlpA

Admission free but booking required. Aperitif Concert videothèque:http://vimeo.com/savile

Cost: Admission free but booking required.

SAVILE MEMBERS’ KENDALL KUP KOMPETITION

Monday February 10th, 2020

The play will commence at 4pm, followed by dinner at 8pm

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.

Cost: Dinner Cost - details to follow

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

Tuesday February 11th, 2020

6.30pm for 7pm, (optional) dinner 8.15pm

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

Cost: £10 welcome drinks and talk PLUS £33 (optional) dinner with wine

INFORMAL JAZZ EVENING

Thursday February 27th, 2020

9pm - 11.15pm

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

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

APERITIF CONCERT - MÉLODIES. ANNA MCCREADY SOPRANO & ROBERT SHOLL (SC) PIANO

Friday March 6th, 2020

12.30pm - 1pm

Link to youtube page  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi-pUmpeVKkCch8RtT6rlpA

Aperitif Concert videothèque:http://vimeo.com/savile

Cost: Admission free but booking required.

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

Monday March 9th, 2020

6.30pm for 7pm, followed by (optional) dinner

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

Cost: £10 welcome drinks and talk PLUS £33 (optional) dinner with wine

BEAUX GROUP LUNCH at the GARRICK CLUB

Wednesday March 11th, 2020

1pm for 1.30pm

For Savile and Garrick Club members, wearing bow ties.

Limit- Maximum of 24 places (members only). Cancelations must be received 48 hours in advance.

Cost: The cost will be circa £50, for what will be a set lunch, eventual price determined by wine consumed at lunch.

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

Wednesday March 18th, 2020

6.30pm for 7pm, followed by (optional) dinner

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

Cost: £10 welcome drinks and talk PLUS £33 (optional) dinner with wine

AN EVENING OF CABARET WITH TOM WAKELEY AND KRISTINA LIAN

Friday March 20th, 2020

6.30pm for 7pm show, (optional) dinner 8.15pm

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

Cost: £10 welcome drinks and show PLUS £33 (optional) dinner with wine