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THE CHURCHILL SOCIETY
London.

I say "great sovereign state" with design and emphasis,
for I reject the view that Britain and the Commonwealth
should now be relegated to a tame and minor role in the world.

Our past is the key to our future, which I firmly trust and believe will be no less fertile and glorious.
Let no man underrate our energies, our potentialities and our abiding power for good.

Winston Churchill.
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Click here to listen to Churchill speaking.

Map of the Web Site.
Updated 1st of every month.

....Still today, Churchill is thought of as just a good leader in the Second World War.

...... The list of his achievements prior to, and immediately after the first world war are remarkable.

CHURCHILL CHRONOLOGY

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ABOUT THE SOCIETY

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Frontispiece.

Society's address.

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The Secretary.


Constitution.

About the Society

Acknowledgements

History of the Society.

International Churchill Societies.

The Society needs your Help

CHURCHILL HOUSE London.

 


CURRENT AFFAIRS.

Chairman's New Year's Newsletter.


Current Society correspondence.

A Statement to the Press.
Remembrance Sunday 2004.

THE IRAQ WAR.

How to Win the Peace.

Beautiful new Gates for St Paul's
Cathedral to Honour the Memory of
Churchill.



AN AGE OF DECADENCE?
The extraordinary 39 year story of
THE CHURCHILL MUSIC.

Imperial War Museum.

Society Community Workshops

All the past Christmas Lectures

The restoration of Churchill's grave is unworthy Photos.

Was Churchill a Freemason?


The society gives
evidence.

Chartwell HouseOpening times.

History of the EEC.

Something that will Astonish You!
Churchill's Zurich Speech

DEPARTMENT WEB PAGES.

Churchill's War Time Speeches

IN MEMORIAM TO THE FALLEN.

FRIENDS OF WAR MEMORIALS.

SCHOOL PAGES.
The society's thrice award winning Educational Web site.

Churchill Chronology
in text and photographs of the major events in Churchill's life.

The Chartwell Butterflies

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Churchill's Coat of Arms.

Why Churchill's Motto
is in Spanish?
fiel pero desdichado


Churchill's award of the

Ancient Order of The Garter.

Heraldry
A few notes.

The English Honours System.

The need for reform of The English Honours System.

Churchill and Enoch Powell.


Enoch Powell's Speech
to the Society about Churchill.

You may purchase a CD of the late
Enoch Powell speaking to the Society about Sir Winston Churchill
for whom he worked.

How to order it.

St George's Day Speech.


A beautiful illustrated text of the late
Rt Hon Enoch Powell's famous 1961 -
speech including 55 lovely photographs.
Acclaimed as one of the most beautiful pages on the Internet.


(Text only of that speech)

Society Community Workshops.

Bibliography

Archives
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MUSIC DEPARTMENT.

Why a Music Department?

The Times Newspaper.
Master of the Queen's Music

Important Comment.

CD of 'The Churchill Music'.

The history and reviews of
The Churchill Music'

Head of Music 2005 Bulletin
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The Musicologist.
Ernest Tomlinson.

"Memorable melody is still to me, whether as composer, listener, or conductor, the fountain-head of all music."


The 1996 Christmas Lecture.
'The Battle for REAL Music'.By the composer of
THE CHURCHILL MUSIC

Norman Harvey Rutherlyn.

"What relevance does a Music Department have to the Society? ............. 'music' is remorselessly played, down telephones, in lifts, airports and departmental stores, in the dentist's surgery, and often mindlessly drenched over every item on TV; it is all pervasive, inescapable 24 hours a day, 365 days a year; so much so that we no longer listen ..............."
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Who Killed Classical Music?
Maestros, Managers, and Corporate Politics

By NORMAN LEBRECHT

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LINK A History of English Cathedral Choirs.

COMMONWEALTH.

Overseas members articles welcomed.

LINKS.

COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES COMMISSION.

Churchill Archive Centre.
Churchill College Cambridge.

Battle of Britain Society.

A most interesting and authoritative Link about St George.

The Royal Society of St George

Acknowledgements

Archives

 

With deepest regret, the Society announces the death of their founder, Norman Harvey-Rogers. He was admired and respected, not only by members of the Society , but worldwide by those who use the website - researchers, educational establishments, and many others seeking information or advice. He was also much loved by a wide circle of friends. He leaves as his legacy: The Churchill Society and The Churchill Music Music.


A Thrice Award Winning Educational Web site.

WHO WAS CHURCHILL?

 

This educational section of the web site is visited by a vast number
of adults and children
from every country in the world.

 

WSC Hats

Churchill loved hats!

Fifty wonderfully illustrated educational pages - telling the story of Churchill's entire life,
with daily illustrated diaries of events during both of the world wars
and explaining in great detail their causes.

The School Pages.

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WSC CD.

Family Membership of the Society costs annually

£20.00 UK. or $38 USA.

A CD having extracts from

Churchill's Great Wartime Speeches.

is presented to new members.

TO JOIN THE SOCIETY

How to Order CDs.

The Full Texts from
1936 to 1946 of

CHURCHILL'S SPEECHES


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WSC Bust

BUSTS

of

SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL.

Also of other famous people.

Dimensions

17cm high 14cm wide

Weight 3.5 lbs

Cast in reconstituted stone, similar to alabaster and
bronzed.

The ash hand polished oval base is
lined underneath with high quality green baize.


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UK £48. Inc P&P (No VAT).


These busts are very heavy.

HOW TO ORDER

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ButterflyChurchill's beloved Gold Fish Butterfly

Please Click to enlarge.

Churchill relaxed by painting in oils. He took uppainting to quieten
his distress at the loss of life caused by the First World War. He only ever
thought of it as a hobby - but if you click on the above image it will enlarge
and you will see for yourself his extraordinary talent.

 

Frank Field MP 

The AD 2004 Christmas

Lecture.

is by

The Rt Hon Frank Field MP.

and is entitled

Neighbours from Hell
The new politics of behaviour.

'A study of the causes of the rise and rise of anti-social behaviour'

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Listen to

Rutherlyn's

THE CHURCHILL MUSIC

Subtitled

A Legend in Music

of

The Life and Times of Sir Winston

The Czech National Symphony Orchestra

The small profits go to the educational work of the Society.

THE CHURCHILL MUSIC.

First Performance
by
Radio Prague and Czeske TV

In conjunction with

THE CHURCHILL SOCIETY

VE DAY 1995

PRAGUE.

The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.

V Valek

Conducted Vladimir Valek.

The composer lived nearby Chartwell from his birth and until 1974.


On the title page of the score (the copyright of which was a gift to Lady Churchill and the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust in 1974) the composer quoted . . .


You have been so faithful and so loving to us,
you have fought so stoutly for us,
you have been so hearty in counselling of us
that we shall never forget your favour towards us"


HOUSE OF COMMONS
November 30th 1954

 

The composer of

THE CHURCHILL MUSIC

Rutherlyn

and conductor
Vladimir Valek

and the
THE CZECH PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
at the
Radio Prague and Czeske TV
Gala First Performance
Prague

VE Day 1995.

 

Listen to excerpts of
THE CHURCHILL MUSIC.

How to Order the Double CD.

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Lying in State

300,000 people filed by Churchill's catafalque
one of whom was the composer of

THE CHURCHILL MUSIC
and who also founded

THE CHURCHILL SOCIETY
London.

on May 10th 1990

Fifty years after Churchill became Prime Minister.

Churchill's  State Funeral.

Churchill's State Funeral.
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We desire to be judged only by results

Winston Churchill.

House of Commons
February 11th 1943

 

Winston Churchill's Medals.

It was announced yesterday by Sir Winston Churchill's grandson that he had presented  on loan  his grandfather's medals to the Imperial War Museum for display at the cabinet war rooms.

What he failed to reveal, was that in doing so he saves himself the fear of being burgled for them - almost certainly the heavy expense of insuring them and having to pay for their security arrangements - and also whether or not he has paid the inheritance tax on them. * (scroll down the page).

Sensible man you say, for he still owns them; he can take them back at a moments notice to sell them, but is freed from any of the attendant cares of ownership ..............until you remember the shameful thing he and the family did when they blackmailed the effete Prime Minister John Major and his Conservative government and the nation to pay him £12,500,000 for the  on loan ( so they claimed ) Chartwell Papers. - papers which Sir Winston and Lady Churchill had long before sent to the Churchill Archive Centre, Churchill College Cambridge, as a gift.

In  lending  the medals there is nothing to stop Winston Churchill (minor) - or his children - in years to come doing the same thing again. Likewise - but more alarmingly - also with the  on loan  contents of Chartwell.

If he insists on  lending  the medals, or the family insists (in contravention to Sir Winston's wishes)  lending  to the National Trust the contents of Chartwell; then as the owners they should be responsible for their insurance and security costs. They should not expect the Imperial War Museum and the National Trust to have to meet these very heavy costs or for them to have to increase entrance fees to find the money to do so.

Would it not be wiser for the Churchill family simply to do as many have privately urged them - to honour Sir Winston's wishes and make an outright gift of them to the nation?

None of these artifacts would be of any interest to the public were it not for Churchill's enormous achievements and the the grievous loss of life, terrible injuries and huge grief suffered in the war by Churchill's comrades in Arms to ensure our lives of comfort and freedom.

It is very distasteful for this society to have to speak publicly in this manner.

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The Times Newspaper
London

September 7th 1998

(abbreviated)

Mr Mark Thomas has accepted a position advising Chancellor Gordon Brown about reforming the tax system to ensure that rich people cannot cheat.

Mr Thomas was invited after his television programme revealed that Nicholas Soames (Churchill's grandson and Conservative MP and former Minister) * avoided paying inheritance tax on family heirlooms he had been left, by listing them as available to public inspection when they were not.

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Where are all the many missing majestic jewelled silver and gold boxes, the superb commemorative cut glass and enamelled plaques and mementos and the spectacularly bejewelled solid gold and silver sculptural pieces, swords and daggers and medals that were bestowed upon Churchill by foreign Kings and Queens and the numerous gifts given in his honour by Governments from all over the world, including many from Arab Royalty and the Emirates - all of which were originally on display at Chartwell when it first opened and which are now missing?

It was Sir Winston's desire that all of these should be
permanently on display at Chartwell.

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The only people Churchill never forgave were those who,
in the words he so often used:-

"fell beneath the level of events"

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Because of his record Mr W S Churchill's appointment as Chairman of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
is as astonishing as it is improper and he must resign.

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The Churchill family and their friends promoted in 1988 in a West End Cabaret Theatre a 'Musical' with 'Winnie' singing in his bath!

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After three performances it was taken off. It was reputed to have lost £3 million pounds and was described by a Buckingham Palace courtier as "just done for money, money, money . . . . vulgar vulgar vulgar!"

THE CHURCHILL MUSIC

(see above) took the composer Rutherlyn nearly eight years to write in his spare time.

He began the work in 1965 and designed it to be a celebration for Churchill's centenary birthday (eight years hence) and for its first performance to be on Churchill's 100th birthday - Saturday night November 30th 1974 in St Paul's Cathedral.

History of the
THE CHURCHILL MUSIC

He completed the work in time and presented a finely bound and gilded edition to Lady Churchill in late 1973 and values her letter of thanks.

As she was so elderly he suggested she present it as a gift to The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust with all the copyrights. This she did. He also sent a copy to Churchill College Cambridge - it lay there for 20 years unacknowledged.

No-one was interested in the work - indeed Sir Alan Lascelles the then Director General of the WCMT wrote a year later and asked the Rutherlyn to take it away as they could not guarantee its safety (sic) - the composer amazed - refused.

After fifteen years of tireless efforts to get it performed, when the Iron curtain came down, Rutherlyn sent a copy of the score to the Prague Conservatoire of Music, who much liking the composition sent it on to Radio Prague where its quality was instantly recognised and its first performance fixed for VE Day 1995 in Prague Cathedral with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra to be conducted by the leading Czech conductor - Vladimir Valek. They also arranged for the event to be televised by Czeske TV.

The audience was too large for the venue but thoughtfully Radio Prague and Czeske TV had anticipated this and placed loud speakers in the square for the free concert had been widely advertised and such was the desire for seats that no-one would leave theirs during the interval for fear of other people taking them. Many people were British tourists - but not a single person from the British Embassy attended.

The composer was astonished at how many elderly Czech Veterans turned up in their old but spotless military uniforms complete with medals, and after the concert was overwhelmed by their expressions gratitude - one saying that he had known Churchill well during the war and that the music was a perfect reflection of him in all his different moods.

A review read'

'I am astounded - the work towers amongst and rubs shoulders with the great symphonic masters'.

(Other reviews).

The Guardian and the East Anglian Daily Times were the only UK newspapers who reported the forthcoming
CHURCHILL MUSIC 1995 VE Day Prague Concert but the event itself was not reported in the UK.

The work has been broadcast in Europe again three times since, but not a single note of the concert has ever been heard in the UK. The BBC refuse to reply to any letters about it and most sadly of all, Lady Churchill never heard a note of it before she died.

Such is the poor management of the Churchill family dominated Winston Churchill Memorial Trust the patron of whom is the Queen!

After the the performance the composer sent Mr Winston Churchill Junior a gift of a CD of the first performance (to which he and the family had been invited but all had declined). He replied saying that he had no right to have composed the work without the family's permission and he had disposed of the gift unopened. In a later intemperate letter he accuses the composer of being both 'bogus' (sic) and a 'pirate (sic).

In fact his father's granted Rutherlyn permission in a letter in 1965 but with the caveat - providing you use no Churchill copyright material.

The composer writes - 'the implication of this caveat only struck me twenty two years later when puzzling why I received no support for a UK first performance of the work from the family or the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, and when I learned in 1987 that the Churchill family and their relatives were planning to stage a 'Musical' entitled 'WINNIE' in a London cabaret theatre.

He continues:-

'I gradually learned from various sources - eventually in complete disbelief, of the Churchill family's production of a West End Musical "WINNIE" in 1987 and then realised this explained their total hostility to my work - this in spite of the fact that they had never heard a note of it because at that time it had never been performed.

We repeat -

Such is the management of the Churchill family dominated Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
the patron of whom is the Queen!

 

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