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.

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

BLIND TASTING AND NIBBLES - AMERICAN CHALLENGE

Thursday March 26th, 2020

6.30pm blind wine tasting & canapes

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.

Cost: £30 canapes and tutored tasting

INFORMAL JAZZ EVENING

Thursday March 26th, 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.

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

CANDIDATES’ DINNER

Tuesday March 31st, 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)

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

Wednesday April 1st, 2020

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

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.

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

APERITIF CONCERT - BEETHOVEN & PADEL

Friday April 3rd, 2020

12.30pm - 1pm

In Beethoven year Prof Ruth Padel reads her own poetry, accompanied by Nina Kiva (Cherubim) cello & Sten Hennoia piano.

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

Admission free but booking required. Aperitif Concert

Cost: Admission free but booking required

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

Monday April 6th, 2020

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

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.

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

BOUNDER & CAD - MUSICAL COMEDY

Wednesday April 22nd, 2020

6.30pm for 7pm

Bounder & Cad are Adam Drew and Guy Hayward, accompanied by Sam Jewison on piano.

Highly recommended to fans of Flanders & Swann, Noël and Cole, Fascinating Aïda, Kit & the Widow.

★★★★★ ’Trust me: they are big stars in the making. Catch them while you can…’ – Rachel Johnson, in The Oldie

‘Preternaturally talented’ – The Spectator

’Supremely entertaining’ – Lloyd Grossman

‘Faultless […] pleasure’ – 10 Downing Street

Bounder & Cad – the musical-comedy duo whose mischievous lyrics 10 Downing Street tried to censor… until their jazzy tunes had the PM dancing.

Unlikely love-children of the Footlights and college choirs, this classically-trained duo write and perform ‘face-achingly funny’ songs, backed by sizzling jazz piano. Troubadours for the Twitter age, they have featured several times on BBC Radio – and were selected for BBC Radio 4 Extra Comedy Club’s Pick of The Year.

From Downing Street to Downton Abbey, Berkeley Square to Barbados, Piccadilly to Portofino, they are fast becoming the toast of the most marvellous parties around the world – and they are unspeakably excited to be making their Savile début.

Cost: £55 welcome drinks, performance and diner with wines

SCREENING OF “THE EDGE”

Thursday April 23rd, 2020

6.30pm for 7.15pm

The film follows the story at close range of the England Cricket Team from 2009 until 2013 when Andy Flower and Andrew Strauss brought fame to a group of players who became the World Number One Test Squad.  It then follows their spectacular descent. 
Compellingly funny and emotional, “The Edge” tells the story of a special band of brothers’ rise to the top, their unmatched achievements and the huge toll it would take.

“The Edge” features hilarious, stunning, unseen behind the scenes footage and breath-taking original interviews with the stars of the era and their coaches. 

The cast includes Andrew Strauss, Kevin Pietersen, Sir Alastair Cook, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Monty Panesar, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott, Matt Prior, Ian Bell, Paul Collingwood, Steven Finn, Tim Bresnan, David Saker and Andy Flower.
The film has been made in support of two charities, Heads Together, a mental health initiative from the Royal Group, and the Ruth Strauss Foundation

“The Edge” will be introduced by Savilian Patrick Kidd who was a Times cricket writer during this period.

6.30pm              Stand up Welcome Drinks with Fish & Chips, Burgers and Hot Dogs (and vegy options)

7.15pm              Introduction by Savilian Patrick Kidd

7.30pm-9.30pm         Screening

9.30pm               Coffee and Mini Desserts

Cost: Cost £25

ALAN OGDEN, ON HIS LATEST BOOK: MASTER OF DECEPTION, THE WARTIME ADVENTURES OF PETER FLEMING

Tuesday April 28th, 2020

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

Along with Evelyn Waugh and Robert Byron, Peter Fleming was best known for injecting humour into the stultified genre of English travel writing – Brazilian Adventure, One’s Company and News from Tartary made him a household name in the interwar years. Less known are his considerable achievements in the fields of irregular warfare and the black art of deception.

Alan Ogden, author of Master of Deception, the wartime adventures of Peter Fleming, will be talking about how Fleming took on Japanese intelligence and created a web of deception to lure the enemy into.

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

INFORMAL JAZZ EVENING

Thursday April 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

APERITIF CONCERT - Tom Dupernex (SC) Tenor & Piano

Friday May 1st, 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.

ANNUAL SAVILE SNOOKER FINAL AND DINNER

Tuesday May 5th, 2020

6pm snooker final, 8pm dinner

The final will start at 6pm, followed by dinner at 8pm at which the presentation of the trophy will be made.

Cost: £38 dinner with wine

SAVILE AGM AND DINNER

Wednesday May 6th, 2020

6pm drinks, 6.30pm AGM, 8pm dinner

Dinner is optional but must be pre-booked.

Cost: £33 Dinner with wine

COMBAT CIVILIAN BY GILBERT GREENALL

Tuesday May 12th, 2020

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

No Ordinary Man

Gilbert Greenall’s candid memoir, Combat Civilian is the tale of no ordinary man. Turning his back on the convention of a comfortable career in a family business, Greenall has quietly dedicated the last four decades of his life to helping others through forty humanitarian aid missions and the delivery of British emergency assistance in eighteen conflicts, from Cambodia to Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Inside Story

Combat Civilian also tracks the inside story of world events, from Kurdistan to Kosovo, Gaza and the West Bank while the slide toward chaos in Iraq and the unedifying spectacle of the final years of the British deployment in Afghanistan unravel on its’ pages.

Wars, famines, earthquakes

In this powerful story, Greenall deftly charts the changing face of humanitarian assistance, from the uncoordinated activities of a few small charities at the outset to the multi-billion dollar operations of today, taking the reader through wars, famines, earthquakes, floods, and volcanic eruptions; including the humorous observation of misadventure and the absurdity of decisions made at the time. Subversive, determined and tenacious to the point of becoming a doctor in the process, Greenall achieved results by breaking convention.

 “…read with profit…” Sir John Major

“… endearing, profound and skillfully written. It’s fantastic.” Lynda Chalker, former Minister for Overseas Development

“…an unsung hero who has given a lifetime of commitment to others …” General the Lord Richards, former Chief of the Defence Staff

“…in the mould of Fitzroy McLean, … an adventure story.” Matt Ridley, Author, Environmentalist and Politician

“…reveals admirable British sangfroid in disaster zones…” Times

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

PARTNERSHIP BRIDGE EVENING

Monday May 18th, 2020

5.30pm welcome drinks, 6.00pm Bridge, Dinner 8.15pm

With members from the Athenaeum, Oriental, Travellers, Oxford & Cambridge, Naval & Military, Hurlingham, RAC, Buck’s and Reform Clubs.

Cost: £42/pp Including drinks, dinner with wine

LEADERSHIP IN WAR - PROFESSOR ANDREW ROBERTS IN CONVERSATION WITH SAVILIAN DAVID OLDROYD-BOLT

Wednesday May 27th, 2020

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

Napoleon, Nelson, Churchill, Hitler, Stalin, Marshall, de Gaulle, Eisenhower and Thatcher: each of these leaders fundamentally shaped the outcome of the war their nation was embroiled in. How were they alike, and in what ways did they differ? Was their war leadership unique, or did these leaders have something in common, traits and techniques that transcend time and place and can be applied to the fundamental nature of conflict? Leadership in War presents readers with fresh, complex portraits of leaders who approached war with different tactics and different weapons, but with the common goal of success in the face of battle. Both inspiring and cautionary, these portraits offer important lessons on leadership in times of struggle. With his trademark verve and incisive observation, Prof Roberts reveals the qualities that doom even the most promising leaders to failure, and the qualities that lead to victory.

Professor Andrew Roberts read Modern History at Caius College, Cambridge, from where he is a PhD. He has written over a dozen books including Salisbury: Victorian Titan (which won the Wolfson Prize) Masters and Commanders (which won the International Churchill Society Book Award), The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War (which won the British Army Military Book of the Year Award), Napoleon the Great (which won the Grand Prix of the Fondation Napoléon and The Los Angeles Times Biography Prize) and Churchill: Walking with Destiny, which spent nine weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List and won the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Prize.

Roberts is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Historical Society, the Roger & Martha Mertz Visiting Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford, the Lehrman Institute Distinguished Lecturer at the New-York Historical Society, and a visiting professor at the Department of War Studies at King’s College, London. He lives in London. His website is www.andrew-roberts.net

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

INFORMAL JAZZ EVENING

Thursday May 28th, 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.

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

TO WAR WITH THE WALKERS - ANNABEL VENNING IN CONVERSATION WITH SAVILIAN DAVID OLDROYD-BOLT

Monday June 1st, 2020

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

Annabel Venning will be talking on the subject of her new book, To War with

the Walkers: Three Soldiers, a War Bride, a Nurse and a Doctor, One Family’s Extraordinary Story of the Second World War.

To War with the Walkers, named as one of The Times books of the year 2019, is the incredible true story of her maternal grandfather Walter Walker’s family during the Second World War.

The Walkers, Arthur and Dorothea and their six children, lived in Tiverton in Devon but they were an Empire family – generations of them had lived and worked in India, mainly as army officers and doctors.

By the time the Second World War broke out those six children were all aged between twenty and thirty and all became embroiled in the war.

The book follows their stories, from the London Blitz to the Prisoner of War camps on the Death Railway in Thailand, the battlefields of Asia and Europe.  

Annabel Venning was brought up in Hong Kong, Brunei, Germany and England, educated at Durham University and worked as a journalist on the Daily Mail before becoming a freelance writer and publishing her first book, Following the Drum in 2005. She lives in Wiltshire with her husband, the writer and broadcaster Guy Walters.

 “Once read, never forgotten.” The Times

“A heart-pounding narrative.” The Daily Mail

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

CANDIDATES’ DINNER

Tuesday June 2nd, 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)

APERITIF CONCERT - CÉSAR FRANCK CELLO SONATA. Laura Williamson (Cherubim) & piano

Friday June 5th, 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 – PROF ANDREW SC RICE ON DOOMED TO GO IN COMPANY WITH MISERABLE PAIN: THE FATE OF MILITARY AMPUTEES AFTER THE GREAT WAR

Wednesday June 17th, 2020

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

Limb trauma was the most prevalent category of survivable wound in the Great War and this remains the case for 21st century conflicts. A frequent consequence of limb trauma was amputa

tion and a legacy of the War was the largest cohort of amputees in history; by 1918, in the United Kingdom alone, 42,000 young men had lost limbs. The speaker will review why limb injuries were so prevalent in the Great War and why they were usually managed by lifesaving amputation. He will elucidate the remarkable medical advances through which the mortality associated with thigh wounds converted from 80% in 1914 to less than 10% by 1918. After the War, these young men faced a lifetime of disability, which not only had personal consequences but societal implications, especially when it came to the impact of such disability on gainful employment and on funding pensions. 

Andrew Rice will discuss the case history of Lt Francis Hopkinson, an old Marlburian Durham Light Infantry Officer, wounded in 1917 during the 3rd Battle of Ypres.  He will especially discuss how chronic pain, which manifests both in the amputation stump and in the “phantom” limb, is a “hidden” disability in amputees. Despite considerable advances in other aspects of amputation related disability such as prothesis engineering, post amputation pain remains a medical challenge. Andrew concludes that his profession has failed to learn from history and forgotten the lessons of the Great War.

Andrew Rice is Professor of Pain Research in the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College and Hon. Consultant in Pain Medicine at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. He is also a member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides.  During the talk he will refer to historical research conducted by his PhD student Sarah Dixon-Smith who he supervises in collaboration with Dr Emily Mayhew (Imperial College) and Dr George Hay (The National Archives). Her work is funded by The Royal British Legion through the Imperial College Centre for Blast Injury Studies. He will also refer to his current research on the chronic pain consequences of wounding in recent conflicts which is funded by the Ministry of Defence.

Chairman – Savilian Mike Senior

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

INFORMAL JAZZ EVENING

Thursday June 25th, 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.

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

SEND FOR LEVENE - PETER LEVENE, BARON LEVENE OF PORTSOKEN IN CONVERSATION WITH SAVILIAN DAVID OLDROYD-BOLT

Friday June 26th, 2020

12.15pm for 12.30pm - 1.15pm

A fascinating autobiography covering the multifaceted career of Peter Levene (Lord Levene of Portsoken KBE) – successful businessman turned senior civil servant and then renowned commercial trouble shooter. Along the way Peter also had time to be Lord Mayor of London.

Peter Levene’s career has uniquely straddled both the public and private sectors at the highest levels …invariably in troubled times.

In Send for Levene the author charts his commercial career from his early days in establishing United Scientific Holdings PLC as a multi-million pound listed company to his sudden transformation into a senior civil servant as Chief of Defence Procurement at the invitation of Michael Heseltine the then Minister of Defence.

This was followed by a move into investment banking and an unexpected appointments to act as Prime Minister John Major’s Efficiency Advisor. Peter was then appointed to put the troubled Docklands Light Railway back on the rails before becoming Chairman and Chief Executive of the also financially troubled Canary Wharf development.

This book is full of fascinating insights into business and government – national and international.

 “His story, told with a refreshing simplicity and frankness, will resonate with anyone who has started their own business, or sought to get a grip on the complexities of management in the public sector or troubled private sector projects. His achievement in the Defence Ministry and later as advisor to John Major created his reputation as the ‘go to’ trouble-shooter”.

 Rt Hon The Lord Heseltine CH PC

“Peter Levene gives fixers a good name. He always answers the call and he has done his country and the state very considerable service.  This book is full of fascination and insight”. 

The Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield 

 “Peter Levene played a major role in winning the Cold War. He was one of the few very successful business leaders who also possessed the skills and personality to lead and transform in government. By instilling discipline, blocking gold-plating and forcing competition he enabled Britain to build train and deploy forces that were among the best in the world. His dramatic reforms provided an example that transferred rapidly to the much larger Pentagon and enabled the NATO alliance to field naval and land forces that were the major factor in winning the Cold War. His memoir is a page-turner and a timely cook book for our current security challenges”. John Lehman, US Secretary of the Navy (1981-87)

Cost: £10 welcome drink and talk. Please make your own lunch arrangements as normal via reception.

AL FRESCO JAZZ

Thursday July 2nd, 2020

9pm - 11.15pm

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

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

APERITIF CONCERT - Emily Ambrose (Cherubim) bassoon /contrabassoon & piano

Friday July 3rd, 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.

AL FRESCO JAZZ

Thursday July 9th, 2020

9pm - 11.15pm

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

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

AL FRESCO JAZZ

Thursday July 16th, 2020

9pm - 11.15pm

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

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

AL FRESCO JAZZ

Thursday July 23rd, 2020

9pm - 11.15pm

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

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

SAVILE SUMMER BBQ

Tuesday July 28th, 2020

6.30pm for 7pm

A summer barbecue evening on the roof terrace. Guests welcome.  Pimm’s will be served at 6.30pm and the barbecue from 7.30pm.

      

Cost: £43 Drinks, Dinner with Wine

AL FRESCO JAZZ

Thursday July 30th, 2020

9pm - 11.15pm

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

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

AL FRESCO JAZZ

Thursday August 6th, 2020

9pm - 11.15pm

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

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

BEAUX GROUP LUNCH at the SAVILE CLUB

Wednesday August 12th, 2020

1pm for 1.30pm

For Savile and Garrick Club members, and guests, wearing bow ties (maximum one male guest per member). The cost will be circa £50/55, for what will be a set lunch, eventual price determined by wine consumed at lunch. Cancelations must be received 48 hours in advance.