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We print below copies of recent correspondence to which the society expects replies very shortly now.

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From

NORMAN HARVEY RUTHERLYN

18 Grove Lane
Ipswich
Suffolk

IP4 1NR

February 1st 1999.

The Trustees
The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
15 Queen Anne's Terrace
London
SW7 5PR

Ladies and Gentlemen

Twenty Five years ago today (31st January 1974) - after eight years of mostly part time labour - I finished composing THE CHURCHILL MUSIC.

As you know I completed it in time for the commemoration of Sir Winston's Centenary that year, and presented the score as a gift (the complete copyright) to Lady Churchill for the Trust.

The work was written to properly mark that occasion.

Obviously I know the music intimately - but not having played it for over a year - for old time's sake, tonight I listened to it again. It brought me to tears - both of joy and sorrow - and great pride in its achievement. There is no doubt it is a remarkable work.

Looking back over my life tonight - and then considering what the future century might hold for younger people - I realised for the first time that the composition of THE CHURCHILL MUSIC could not have succeeded had I not lived through the second world war.

I am very proud of it. I would not alter a note of it. I knew after its first performance that its future was assured. Tonight I think I realised for the first time that the Czech opinion that it is the definitive musical statement about Churchill and all those who suffered so much in the wars of this century is in fact true.

These statements are not boasting - because Derek Barnes has great credit due to him for wonderful orchestration.

A composer KNOWS for sure, when after a lapse of 25 years, he finds his music can still so deeply move.

It is unbelievable that the British public have been denied this music all these years.

The failure of the Churchill family and the Trust to have realised what they were given; and that fact that its first performance had to be done by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra in Mozart's Prague is truly shocking. It heavily underlines the decline of standards and culture in England during this period. But times change.

The family and the Trustees had a duty to take such a gift seriously; especially in the light of the eight plus years of work involved and the eminent Kings College Cambridge commendation with which it was presented.

Instead of Churchill's Centenary being an uplifting and joyous occasion - because of negligence - THE CHURCHILL MUSIC has become a tragedy for both the BBC * - the Churchill family and the Trustees. This is something which needs to be put right.

The Millennium celebrations are now only a few months away, and yet I have heard of no plans to commemorate the War Dead or Churchill. That is both extraordinary and indeed preposterous.

I can arrange both a first class orchestra and conductor for a performance of THE CHURCHILL MUSIC for the Millennium - but that performance must be done as originally designed, ie, in St Paul's Cathedral: ideally as the opening Service of the Millennium Celebrations in the presence of the Royal Family.

We owe an absolute priority of duty in our celebrations of the Millennium, to remember all those who lost their lives in the wars. We have a duty to take this opportunity to relate to young people the heroic deeds of their grandparents. Done in this musical way it is wonderful to observe how they listen. I never cease to be surprised at how little they know about Churchill.

The idea I am placing before you is the identical one I placed before you 25 years ago - nothing has changed. The music fits the occasion to perfection. It will rekindle pride in our country and ancestors. You must not - and cannot fail this time.

The music portrays the major events in Churchill's life - thus the style of composition had to match that developed through the years 1874 - 1965 so there is something musically for everyone in this large work.

I am not appealing for your help for my own gratification - the citizens of Prague with the assistance of Radio Prague and Czeske TV provided that moment. I ask you to join with me - as a duty - I ask that we put the past behind us and join together to make this occasion even better than that which we so lamentably failed in, in 1974.

There will be no public or private recriminations on my part.

I long - as I am sure do others - for an end to this fight for THE CHURCHILL MUSIC - but be assured that I shall NEVER surrender until the British public can hear the work and our young people through it - marvel at the great achievements of their grandparents.

Yours sincerely

Norman Harvey Rutherlyn.

PS. I am sending a copy of this to Her Majesty The Queen.

A a copy was also sent to the Prime Minister.

(Patron of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust)

* Refers to the BBC LINK at the bottom of this page.

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From

NORMAN HARVEY RUTHERLYN.

18 Grove Lane
Ipswich
Suffolk
IP4 1NR

Saturday, March 13, 1999

Her Majesty The Queen
Buckingham Palace
London

Your Majesty

I am enclosing a letter that I have sent today to the Trustees of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and also another copy of the Double CD of THE CHURCHILL MUSIC which I presented to you just after the Prague first performance on VE Day 1995.

I am conscious of the fact that as Patron of the The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and your vast responsibilities, you do not become too deeply involved in its policies. I was touched that you saw fit to send my last letter to you, to them.

May I plead that the circumstances in this case are so unusual; the opportunity so great (and urgent); and moreover because of your experience of, and love for Churchill and concern for the nation's cultural wellbeing; that this is a matter you might consider should be discussed with them.

It would set the whole celebration off to an appropriate - and indeed wonderful start.

 

Yours most sincerely

Norman Harvey Rogers (Rutherlyn).

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THE CHURCHILL SOCIETY
London

From the Chairman.

Saturday, February 13, 1999

The Prime Minister
10 Downing Street
London
SW1A 2AA

Dear Mr Blair

Your acknowledgement of the 4th February 1999, of Mr Norman Harvey Rutherlyn's letter of the lst February has been passed to me.

I am writing on behalf of the Committee to express their earnest wish for the creation of a living memorial to Sir Winston Churchill and to put this in train so that the nation may acknowledge in tangible form the immense debt we owe him and his comrades in arms. As you realise, without their work and sacrifice we would be in no position to celebrate the Millennium.

In this way their sacrifice could never be forgotten by their descendants and the living memorial would serve as an inspiration for future generations.

For detailed reference to the society's proposals re this matter I would ask you visit the Society's web sites

 

http://www.churchill-society london.org.uk/index.html

http://www.churchill-society-london.org.uk/chtruste.htm

http://www.churchill-society-london.org.uk/corder.html

 

As a Millennium tribute to Sir Winston and his comrades in arms we suggest a performance of THE CHURCHILL MUSIC in St Paul's on January 1st, with all the royalties going toward the above project (The society owns the complete copyright of THE CHURCHILL MUSIC). We wish the concerts to be free but with a collection during the interval.

We would also wish to work with the Churchill Memorial Trust in both these enterprises - and in so doing eliminate all past frictions, so that jointly we produce a fitting memorial to Sir Winston and the Fallen of the two world wars.

The Committee would welcome an opportunity for further discussion of this proposal

Yours sincerely

P.V.Timms (Mrs)

CHAIRMAN

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THE CHURCHILL SOCIETY
London.

From the Chairman.

Saturday, February 16, 1999

The Trustees and Councillors
The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
15 Queen Anne's Terrace
London
SW7 5PR

Ladies and Gentlemen

 

The MILLENNIUM and THE CHURCHILL MUSIC.

Further to Mr Rogers's letter of the 1st February to the Trustees, I attach a copy of my letter of the the 9th inst to the Prime Minister .

From this you will see that the Committee of THE CHURCHILL SOCIETY are anxious that a tribute to Sir Winston Churchill and his comrades - in - arms should form part of the Millennium celebrations. This would be a preliminary to the creation of a living memorial to Sir Winston and an acknowledgement of what this nation owes to him and to the Fallen of the two World Wars, without whose sacrifice we would be in no position to celebrate the Millennium.

You will also see that the Committee are anxious to put aside past differences and to work together with the Trust in the creation of such a memorial

The Committee would welcome an opportunity to meet with the Trust to discuss this project.

 

Yours sincerely

(Mrs) P.V. Timms

CHAIRMAN.

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12th February, 1999

Dear Mr Rogers,

The Queen has asked me to thank you for your letter of the 1st February, with which you sent a copy of your letter to the Trustees of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust suggesting that a performance of The Churchill Music, which you composed in 1974, might be included in the Millennium celebrations.

Her Majesty can appreciate your reasons for writing as you did, but this is not a matter in which she would intervene directly. Nonetheless it was thoughtful of you to take the time and trouble to keep the Patron of the Memorial Trust informed.

Thank you also for the gift of a further copy of the CD of your music which the Queen accepts with pleasure.

 

Yours sincerely

MRS.DEBORAH BEAN

Chief Correspondence Officer.

 

Norman Rogers Esq.

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10 DOWNING STREET
LONDON SW1A 2AA

From the Correspondence Secretary 4 February, 1999

Mr N H Rogers
The Churchill Society
c/o 18 Grove Lane
IPSWICH
IP4 1NR

 

Dear Mr Rogers

 

The Prime Minister has asked me to thank you for your letter dated 1 February 1999 which is receiving attention A reply will be sent to you in due course.

 

 

Your sincerely

MR S QASIM

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10 DOWNING STREET

LONDON SW1A 2AA

11 February 1999

Mrs P V Timms
The Churchill Society
18 Grove Lane
IPSWICH
IP4 1NR

 

Dear Mrs Timms

The Prime Minister has asked me to thank you for your recent letter.

Mr Blair hopes you will understand, that as the matter you raise is the responsibility of the Department of Culture Media and Sport, he has asked that your letter be forwarded to that Department so that they may reply direct on his behalf.

Yours sincerely
MR S QASIM

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WCMT letter of the 17th February 1999.

 

Text of the above letter from the

Director General

THE WINSTON CHURCHILL MEMORIAL TRUST.

 

17th February 1999

 

Mrs P.V.Timms
Chairman
The Churchill Society
c/o 18 Grove Lane
IPSWICH
Suffolk
IP4 3RD

 

Dear Mrs Timms (written by hand)

I write to acknowledge the Churchill Society letters of 1 and 16 February. These have been forwarded to Trustees and a reply will be forthcoming once the matter has been considered.

Your sincerely

 

Henry Beverley

SIR HENRY BEVERLEY
Director General.

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Replies from The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and the Minister for Culture Media and Sport will be paged here when they are received.

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17th March 1999.

Due to Dr Tony Glaccum's illness we are unable to use the Majordomo mass circulation system for members.

Yesterday the Committee e mailed the following message to as many people as practical but ask members to bear with us until he is back with us.

The text read:-

A HOUSE OF MANY MANSIONS.

We page on the following website the text of important correspondence between the Committee, Her Majesty the Queen, the Trustees and Councillors of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

http://www.churchill-society-london.org.uk/Correspd.html

The Committee believe that their policy in relation to this matter reflects Churchill's ideals - especially the involvement of the old and young in the creation of "a house of many mansions, where there shall be room for all".

The Churchill Society believes that remembrance of the historic achievements of 55 years ago - when Churchill and "England's best friend" Roosevelt and their comrades in arms finally drove out the tyrants from Germany, all Europe, the Far East and Japan, and handed those countries back to their people - should be the very first commemorative act in the Millennium celebrations. The correspondence referred to above relates to this goal, in pursuit of which your committee will waver not one jot.

The decision that has to be taken now demands that all those concerned cast aside self interest and accept as their prime duty, acknowledgment of the debt we all owe to Churchill and the the Fallen.

P.V.Timms (Mrs)

Chairman and the Committee.
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Replies
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We also page here two messages received. They represent the consistent type the society receives all the time.
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Date: 15/3/99 3:02 am

Received: 15/3/99 3:46 am

From: SCStrohl@aol.com

To: Secretary Churchill Society London, secretary@churchill-society-london.org.uk

Please add me to your membership rolls. My E-Mail address is pstrohl@winstead.com.usa. Thank you for your consideration; I greatly appreciate your outstanding Website, and your forthright championing of a great man who was liberty's greatest friend on both sides of the Atlantic.

Paul Strohl
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Date: 16/3/99 4:11 am

Received: 16/3/99 4:31 am

From: NobCaesar@aol.com

To: Secretary Churchill Society London, secretary@churchill-society-london.org.uk

Dear Sir or Madam:

I have perused with great interest and satisfaction The Churchill Society's Web page, and I would like to congratulate everyone involved in this noble undertaking. It is attractive, compelling and emotionally stirring, and I am sure that Sir Winston would have been supremely gratified by this space-age tribute to his courage, his vision and his genius.

I have recently joined The Churchill Society "electronically", and I look forward to studying this monumental figure, both on the Web, and via the quarterly newsletter. Thank you so very much for preserving the remarkable legacy of one of humanity's greatest friends.

Best regards,

Stewart Addington Saint-David.
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* This LINK outlines - and proves - the history of the "closed shop' new music selection methods which have been pursued during the last 30 years by Radio 3 at the BBC.

 

 

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