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George “Jock” Dewar

Please read Tom Bacciarelli’s eulogy for a full appreciation.

A full obituary of former classics master George “Jock” Dewar, aka “Badger”, can be found in the Scotsman.

Condolences including an appreciation from the RHS Club President can be found in the Scotsman Notices

Our 2020 Annual Dinner

We returned to the historic RAF Club in Piccadilly for our Annual Dinner on Friday 13th March with Dinner served at 7.30 p.m. in the elegant Presidents’ Room.

Our guest speaker was Royal High former pupil, choirmaster and occasional composer Bill Strang who reflected on musical life at the school and how that influenced his subsequent career. Bill was a pupil at the Royal High’s Regent Road campus under the tutelage of the respected organist and composer William Bowie. His career took him to the Open University where, as well as contributing to the production of distance learning courses, he has conducted the excellent OU Choir for many years. Bill reflected on the projects he undertook at the OU working alongside, among others, the famous English composer John Rutter.

Read the transcript of Bill’s speech Reflections on musical life at The Royal High School and The Open University

For further information on all aspects of the Annual Dinner, please contact Alex Prentice, Hon Secretary, Tel: 01992 554854, Mob: 07855 640570

email: alex.prentice1@btinternet.com

 

 

Photos from our Events

Photographs from our most recent events will now be available to view on this website. Our thanks to Ian Cowie for a fine set of photos from our recent 2020 Annual Dinner which can be viewed as a slideshow above.

Photographs from our various events are arranged in albums which can be viewed on our Flickr Pages .

Details of our past events can also be found on our  Events Photographs Page.

 

Pre-Xmas Party – 20th November 2019

The 2019 Pre-Xmas drinks party was held in the upstairs room of the Golden Lion pub in Dean Street, just off Shaftesbury Avenue.

Our helpful host Javier served up some excellent Merlot and a nice Pinot Grigio to get the party going. There were 18 of us in attendance and we all tucked into some excellent platters of food from the buffet. Once everyone was nice and mellow we sat down for Al Senter’s Grand Xmas Quiz on the theme of ‘London’s West End’. Kenny Brown and his team scooped the top prize, some malt whisky miniatures, with the runners up having to make do with the gins.

A good time was had by all and we hope to meet up again at the annual dinner on Friday 13th March 2020 at the RAF Club.

View photos of the event on our Flickr pages. Winter Drinks 2019

 

Photos and details of our past events may be found on our Event Photographs page

For further information on all aspects of the Annual Drinks Party, please contact Alex Prentice on Home: 01992 554854, Mobile: 07855 640570 or alex.prentice1@btinternet.com.

 

Prize Winning Poem

The London Club sponsors the school’s ‘Prize For An English Poem’ at the annual prize-giving ceremony. Thanks to Pauline Walker, who has kindly sent us a copy of Jack Crummey’s poem ‘Making Raspberry Jam with Mum’ which was the winner of the London Club’s 2019 prize for an English Poem – we are sure you will enjoy  reading it here

Royal High School Club Archives

Those of you interested in the historical context may like to view the ‘Club Archives’ page under our ‘Gallery’ menu where a copy of a letter of 1888 proposing the first London Annual Dinner be held in spring 1889. Viewers of ‘The Crown’ may be interested to see newspaper photos of the young Queen Elizabeth’s visit to the school.

About The Royal High School Club in London

Royal High School Club in London welcomes former pupils and teachers of the Royal High School of Edinburgh, Scotland (RHS).

Find out more about the club on our About page and our Past and Present page.

Latest news of the club and events can usually be found in our News and Events blog before appearing on this page.

Our website also contains many stories from former pupils and the odd former teacher. We also have a ‘Where are they now’ section where old school photos can be posted and hopefully former friends can be reunited.

As well as the links at the top of the page, there are links in the footer which may also be useful. In particular, our Site Map provides an overview of the material available and should assist in finding your way around this site.

Our President

Paul Fleming is our club president, having succeeded Fraser Wright in 2017. Read more about Paul.

Committee

The committee ensure that the club runs smoothly. See who they are on the Committee page.