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Annual Dinner April 2022
Our 2022 annual dinner was held in the elegantly furnished Board Room at the Davys at St James wine bar in Crown Passage, Pall Mall and in a change to our usual format the dress code was informal. Before dinner we heard a short presentation about the Davys wine business and the wines that we had chosen to accompany our meal. Our excellent dinner was based on classic British dishes and after dinner we sat back to hear speeches from David Robb and Val Peay. David recounted amusing tales about his appearance in the latest Downton Abbey film ‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’ and Val had some interesting observations from a recent trip to the Caribbean and Florida. At the end of the evening we raised a toast to Al Senter who sadly passed away a few days before the dinner. The attached photo is not of good quality but you can still see that it was an intimate event which was greatly enjoyed by all.
Drinks December 2021
Our Pre-Christmas Drinks were held at The Iron Duke on 7th December 2021
A small group of us met at The Iron Duke in Mayfair for pre Christmas Drinks.
Storm Barra put off some of the people we were expecting because the transport situation was so uncertain. In the end five of us enjoyed a very convivial evening helping to empty a barrel of Fuller’s London Pride and recounting memories of the Royal High. Fraser generously raffled a bottle from his whisky collection and Don Leslie took it home to Islington to enjoy.
Here are some photos of the event and the Christmas lights in the area.
There was a Second World War post-war flurry of stage performances, mainly due to outstanding pupil producers and English teachers. 1949 School Dux Karl Miller and Head of English Hector MacIver (Principal English Master 1947-1966) were leaders in this respect. Signed programs, photos and reviews from the 1948 of “The Authors of Mischief” and the 1950 production of “Just The Job” can be viewed on Drama at the Royal High School 1948 to 1950 page. “The Authors of Mischief” is based on the true events surrounding the shooting of a town official by an aristocratic Royal High Pupil in 1595.
In the 1960s the Dramatic Society staged a number of plays including Becket and Othello. Programs and photographs from these productions feature those who went on to excel in the arts and media including members of our Club. View the Drama at the Royal High in the 1960s to find out more.
RHS Former Pupil Biographies
Rector Pauline Walker recently asked the School Historian to create a number of contemporary biographies of former pupils.
There are many pupils in the Barnton era, and even since the millennium who have made considerable names for themselves. The first six of these are now on the website on the RHS Former Pupil Biographies page with an interview for each.
In addition the RHS History project has compiled shorter biographies in a longer list of distinguished FPs which is available in PDF format and may be downloaded.
Prize Winning Poem 2020
As you may have seen in the You Tube video of the school’s virtual prize-giving the winner of the RHS London Club prize for an English poem for 2020 was Euan Coull with his poem The hesitant silence before “I love you too”, Euan takes us into a world of coffee bars, late night phone calls and hand-rolled cigarettes so hang on to your hats! Euan was one of the school vice-captains who attended the London dinner in March 2020 but he didn’t confide that he was a budding poet. Our thanks are due to Pauline Walker who forwarded-on the winning poem.– we are sure you will enjoy reading it here
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).
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.
Paul Fleming is our club president, having succeeded Fraser Wright in 2017. Read more about Paul.
The committee ensure that the club runs smoothly. See who they are on the Committee page.