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"Beauty is to art - as honesty is to honour"

Winston Churchill.



The extraordinary 31 year correspondence about


and the



gift of



A Legend in Music
of the
Life and Times of Sir Winston Churchill.

Composed over a period of eight years
to honour Churchill's Centenary in St Paul's on Saturday night November 30th 1974.

from the composer

Norman Harvey Rutherlyn

(For details please click LINK at the bottom of this page).



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.

When asked in 1978 what drove him to undertake such a vast endeavour he replied:-

"I was eight years old when the suburban tranquillity of a cloudless summer afternoon was shattered by air raid sirens and then within moments by the distinctive drone of German heavy bombers flying in vast formations towards nearby Croydon aerodrome - less than a mile and a half from my home.".

"No sooner were they within range the sky became bespattered by the drifting in the wind smoke of thousands upon thousands of bursting, angry British anti- aircraft shells trying to destroy the bombers".

"I had to run for cover because of the rain of red hot shrapnel. Petrified under a bridge I could not move, and so observed how shimmering in the sunlight silver bombs fell onto the hangers causing tremendous swiftly expanding circles of misty air compression shock waves, followed instantly by air splitting explosions".

"As a child, strangely, what shocked me most after the event, was to learn the following day of how men cut off the clothes! of injured women to bandage their wounds - that I thought most improper!"

"As you know the events of that summer and the following long cold winter nights, such air raids were to become commonplace; yet despite the terrible numbers of deaths, injuries, and fire storms, everyone just took them in their stride".

"Because of the war my father bought a radio set. It was the first we had ever had because of his Plymouth Brethren religious beliefs". "The very first words I heard upon it were Chamberlain's Declaration of War to be followed later by Churchill's wonderful speeches . . . and for the first ever. . . the music of the great composers".

"All my youth was spent cycling around the Kent and Surrey borders - I knew Westerham and its lovely countryside well but never knew of hidden away Chartwell (closed during the war) or that Churchill owned it."

"Twenty four years later - in 1965 - I was so moved by Churchill's funeral and so grateful to him and his gallant comrades in arms for their courageous and wonderful achievements which had resulted that during my entire life I have never ever had to touch a gun, that it occurred to me whilst paying my last respects, that I might be able to commemorate his life in music by composing a large orchestral and choral work for performance in St Paul's Cathedral to mark his centenary in 1974".

"I realised this was a huge challenge and it must be suitable or not attempted at all."

"I had been searching for a subject to set to music for a long time and once the idea struck me I knew instantly that it was the right one and that if I followed my mother's frequent childhood admonition
"stickability Norman - stickability! " I might just be able to to it. Thereupon I calculated what day eight years hence Churchill's centenary would fall on". "Ideal ! - for it was a Saturday and the concert should be designed for Saturday night November 30th 1974 in St Paul's Cathedral"

"I had a profound since of relief when I realised that at long last I had found my subject.

Rutherlyn went on to say .........

"Eight years of spare time work - often well into the early hours of the mornings - and 20 movements later, I finished the composition - and Derek Barnes to whom I owe much - had completed its splendid orchestration."

"I presented a finely Moroccan leather bound and gilded edition to Lady Churchill in late 1973 (with a covenant that no part of the music could be used for any form of advertising) and value her letter of thanks. As she was so elderly, I suggested she present it as a gift to
The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust with all the copyrights, and this she kindly did".

"Alas Rutherlyn sadly reflected - being a self taught and totally unknown composer - things did not go to plan in spite of a splendid recommendation of the work from Philip Radcliffe of Kings College Cambridge".

He went on "Later I visited visited Sir Alan Lascelles the then Director General of the WCMT. He was not interested saying - it meant nothing to him for it was as unreadable as Sanskrit".

See LINKS below.

Rutherlyn also sent a copy to Churchill College Cambridge. Unacknowledged, it lay there for 20 years.

No-one was interested in the work. He applied in 1975 for a travelling Scholarship to The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to enable him to seek sponsors for its first performance but was refused - indeed Sir Alan Lascelles the then Director General of the WCMT wrote a year later and asked Rutherlyn to take it away as they had no space for it and could not guarantee its safety (sic) - the composer shocked, did not reply to the letter.


To the astonishment of the public, the Churchill family with their relatives and friends - some in The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust - let it be known in 1985 they were to produce in 1988 in a West End cabaret theatre a 'Musical' with 'Winnie' singing in his bath!

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!"

When it was confirmed in 1986 that the actor Robert Hardy was to be in the leading role, Rutherlyn sent him a copy of Lady Churchill's 1973 Moroccan leather and gilt bound two hour long symphonic and choral orchestral score expecting that upon learning of the existence of this work Hardy would bow out of the production.

He did not acknowledge receipt of the score.

He eventually returned it via his secretary without any written enclosure in March 1991 - over two and a half years after the failure of "Winnie".

After fifteen years of private 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 free concert had been widely advertised in Prague and 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. 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.

Churchill's daughter, Lady Mary Soames was Chairman of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust at the time. She and Churchill family members, plus the trustees and councilliors were invited to the concert - but not one of them replied to their invitations.

The Head Master of Harrow School was invited with the suggestion he escort the boys to Prague for them to join with the orchestra in the singing of the Harrow School Song. He did not reply. The Prague Girls Choir stepped in at the last moment for them.

Two years later it was learned that Churchill's daughter Mary Soames was a governor of Harrow School at the time.


Rutherlyn and Valek

After the concert the composer was astonished at how many elderly Czech Veterans were in the audience - all in their old, but spotless military be-medalled uniforms. He 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. Another - a Czech WW II General - mute as a consequence of eleven years solitary confinement by the Czech communist regime, tearfully clasping the composer's hand until gently persuaded by his frail wife to release him.

A review read :-

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

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 by any newspaper or the BBC.

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.

The late Philip Radcliffe for fifty years a Fellow of Kings College Cambridge and Lecturer in Music and Classics, was a champion of THE CHURCHILL MUSIC and followed very closely over many years its composition. He died in a road accident in France before its first performance.

The late Dr Zdenek Jonak was a Doctor of Music, a Doctor of Psychology and had degree in Philosophy. He was appointed Radio Prague music-regiseur in 1965. In 1972 he became Head of Music and remained in that post until his retirement. Upon reading the score in 1993 he championed THE CHURCHILL MUSIC and was instrumental in promoting its first performance in Prague. He spoke little English but after the first performance said

"Norman - it will live - it will live".

He died in his sleep three months later.

The famous Czech recording company Supraphon, edited and mastered the Czech National Symphony Orchestra's performance and produced 1000 CDs and cassette tapes for the Society to use for demonstration purposes. Czeske TV also produced a beautiful video of both the concert and many photographs of the reception in the Lichtenstien Palace after the concert.

The Society sent General Sir Henry Beverley, the Director of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust 50 plus CDs with a request he give one each to every Trustee and Councillor of the Trust. He instantly posted them back refusing to do so, and then a few days later changed his mind and without apology, explanation, or offering to pay for the postage, asked for them to be posted back to him. Not one person from the Trust acknowledged his or her CD - not did he acknowledge his.

The composer sent Mr Winston Churchill Junior a gift of a CD of the first performance. He rudely replied saying that he had no right to have composed the work without the family's permission and said he had disposed of it unopened.

In another later intemperate letter he accuses the composer of being both 'bogus' (sic) and a 'pirate' (sic).

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

"A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on."

Winston Churchill.

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 - and this * after Mrs Thatcher had arranged for Movement Number 8 entitled CHURCHILL MARCH from the work to be performed by the Central Band of the RAF during the Westminster Abbey 40th Anniversary Commemorative Service of the Ending of World War II in 1985 after she had been sent a brass band rendition of it'. This news was confirmed to the composer by Wing Commander Banks Director of Music RAF Middlesex.................. and thereby hangs another disgraceful tale.

'It is difficult to overtake slander . . . but the truth is very powerful too'

Winston Churchill.

He continues:-

'I gradually learned from various sources - eventually in complete disbelief, confirmation of the Churchill family production of a West End Musical 'WINNIE' in 1987 and then realised that this explained their total hostility to my work.

None of this need have happened had not the new music selection procedures at the BBC been corrupt for the last 30 years.

None of these facts would be known by the public but for the Internet.

Such is the management of the Churchill family dominated Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
the patron of whom is Her Majesty the Queen.


 We desire to be judged only by results

Winston Churchill.

House of Commons
February 11th 1943.




History of the

Further correspondence re the above.

The 1996 Christmas Lecture.

'The Battle for REAL Music'.



From the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Newsletter 2003.


A Farewell Dinner for The Lady Soames, our illustrious retiring Chairman of the Trustees, was held in the House of Commons on 6 December. This dinner was combined with the traditional annual Fellows' dinner arranged for many years by John Turner (F/74) and hosted by Sir Patrick Cormack MP.

Some 170 guests attended, including Trustees, Council Members, friends of the Trust, together with 87 Fellows - their response to the dinner was oversubscribed by 100%!

Winston S. Churchill, our new Chairman, expressed his thanks, admiration and affection for (his aunt) Lady Soames and spoke of her tireless effort and dedication during her eleven years as Chairman.

On behalf of the Trustees and Council Members, he presented her with a splendid silver paper knife similar to that given to Her Majesty The Queen (!) in the Golden Jubilee Year by the Parliamentarians' Association but characterised in the name of the Trust with a facsimile of Sir Winston's signature and the emblem of the 'Four Winds'. (Editor - we trust this was paid for by them - not from the Trust's funds?)

We also took the opportunity to say farewell to our retiring Director General, Sir Henry Beverley. An appeal to Fellows of Sir Henry's nine years in office had generated some £3,200, with which Sir Henry intends to buy a lasting memory of a painting (Henry and Sally are still searching!). In the meantime, once he had got off the Welsh rugby stories, Ray Williams (F/70 and Chairman of the Welsh Association) gave a fitting tribute to Sir Henry, culminating in the presentation of a photograph of Sir Winston, a book of his paintings kindly signed by Lady Soames, and finally (and most importantly), a collage of the many letters of tribute received by the Trust in thanks to Sir Henry for his outstanding service and kindness to many Fellows over the years.

It was a truly memorable evening, enjoyed by everyone.

Editor's note.

In 1999, 160,000 persons applied for a travelling scholarship.

From this figure only one hundred persons succeeded ( - a staggering waste of time, effort, and money in the Trust's office - to say nothing about the cruel waste of time and expense of the failed 159,900.

It is truly upsetting for this society to have to point these facts out publicly.

The Winston Churchill Trust must be reformed.


Fulton Missouri

Winston S. Churchill - Sir Winston's grandson - was presented by his mother, Mrs Pamela Harriman with an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree at Westminster College, Fulton.


PERSONAL papers belonging to Winston Churchill were the subject of a 25-year legal fight as his grandson, who had "little money of his own", tried to sell them to the Government, files released by the National Archive at Kew reveal.

Discreet negotiations to sell the 2,000-box archive, which included early drafts of the wartime leader's "finest hour" and "Battle of Britain" speeches, began within six years of his death in 1965. The Government was offered the pre-1945 papers &emdash; half of them official papers belonging to the State &emdash; for £100,000 to £120,000 in 1971. Finally they were bought with £12.5 million of National Lottery money in 1995.

The collection, the Chartwell Papers, contained almost everything that Churchill wrote before 1945, including extensive correspondence with Lloyd George, Edward VIII and George VI. It also included intelligence on all aspects of the Second World War, drafts of letters to Stalin, Roosevelt and de Gaulle and Cabinet papers.

It was in a private family trust, which Churchill intended to benefit male descendants. The main beneficiary by 1991 was his grandson, Winston Churchill, then Conservative MP for Davyhulme. The papers were his most valuable possession.

The papers had been loaned to Churchill College in Cambridge, but the trustees wished to sell them. Successive governments wanted the papers to remain together, but they were a mixture of official and personal documents. Sir Winston had taken many official documents with him "on permanent loan" when he left office and had refused to return them. Today's files disclose that Sotheby's had estimated in 1971 that they would fetch £2 million. The letter then suggests that the Government offer between £100,000 to £120,000 to buy them.

The purchase by the lottery provoked fury. John Charmley, the historian, said: "The second jackpot winner is Winston Churchill Jr. The Government should have called the bluff of the Churchills when they threatened to break up the collection and sell it abroad. These papers belong to the State and should never have been removed in the first place."

John Major's Government refused to hold a public inquiry into the death of Robert Maxwell for fear of offending Spain, according to secret papers released today. Ministers also believed an official investigation into the circumstances in which the Daily Mirror publisher publisher drowned off the Canary Islands would turn into a media circus.

Let faith, not appetite, guide our steps.

Winston Churchill

Political Broadcast
January 21, 1950.


The Daily Telegraph

Re: Unsocial society

Date: 3 October 2004


Despite being hugely and patriotically English, I can only endorse the prescience of Kevin Myers in opting to live in Ireland.

What he says about us is completely accurate, and is tremendously dispiriting for those of us who can remember that other England, the one where care, courtesy, respect and manners were part of everyday life.

Again quite correctly he identifies the culprits as the intelligentsia (although the noun is in many respects a misnomer), who have conducted a merciless and unrelenting assault on all those things that made us what we were.

Now, from the top down, we have a yobbish culture which prevails, and we have become a society motivated by spite, envy, greed, gloating, filth and voyeurism.

The England in which I was raised and educated, and for which I would gladly have laid down my life, has been stolen from us, and we are now an awful country, probably in terminal decline, ruled over by an elite who are self-serving, duplicitious and hugely incompetent.

It is time, I think, to summon back King Arthur, or bang Drake's Drum or whatever it is that we are supposed to do in time of peril.

From: Arthur Mead, Dereham, Norfolk


The Churchill family to pay back The Lottery Money.

The High Court (London) proceedings.
Who owned the Chartwell Papers?

Churchill's Medals.

How safe are the contents of Chartwell?
Copy of correspondence with The National Trust.



September 23, 2004

From Professor Emeritus Thomas Stapleton


' Churchill's tears'

Richard Morrison (T2, September 20) writes that Churchill is said to have been a bit of a sobber, though never in public.

Professor Robert Debr, the father of French paediatrics, told me that when in 1944 Churchill received the freedom of the City of Paris in the Hotel de Ville, on opening the casket, found it contained not a scroll but the Hakenkreuz (Nazi flag) that had flown over the town hall during the Occupation, the tears poured down his cheeks.

Yours faithfully,


The Foundry Cottage,

Lane End, High Wycombe,

Buckinghamshire HP14 3JS.

September 22.



The Editor
The Times Newspaper

October 1st 2004.


(From France)

'Churchill's tears'

Letter 23rd Sept 2004

Professors Stapleton's account of Churchill's reception of the Nazi flag presented to him in France in 1944 was moving.

It represented the French nation's tribute to Churchill and all his comrades in arms who lost their lives and the grief and pain of their

widows and orphans, plus the many who suffered appalling injuries.

The flag belongs to them and now to the nation.

Where is it now?

Yours faithfully

The Secretary.

Norman Harvey Rogers.


Churchill's daughter Mary Soames,

Churchill's grandson
Nicholas Soames,

Churchill's grandson
Winston Churchill minor.

Important information.

 'Conservative Party sleaze added to the continuing collapse of moral standards in the UK. From 1983 onwards it gathered pace and led to the national uproar caused by the the story of the Churchill family blackmailing an effete John Major and his Conservative government by threatening to sell Sir Winston and Lady Churchill's gift to Churchill College of The Chartwell Papers.

Lord Rothschild's

February 13 2000 The Sunday Times Newspaper London.
A copyright article.
Lottery-funded Churchills' charge academics £50 a letter.

The very sad press chronology of
Winston S Churchill Jnr.

Professor Charmley writes:
Is there no end to the making of money by the family our of Sir Winston?

Commercial advertising. Cashing in on Churchill. Who authorised this crude example?

Criticisms of the book 'Churchill's
Private Letters' selected, edited, and published by his daughter Mary Soames.

May 1999.
Important information.


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Lady Churchill.


The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

Mr W S Churchill's improper appointment.


The National Trust.

Re missing items at Chartwell.


Churchill Archive Centre.

The scandal of the Chartwell Papers.


The Royal Courts of Justice Court.

Churchill family v College College Cambridge..


Freemason's United Grand Lodge of England.



Channel 2 BBC London.

The Greatest Briton


Libby Purvis. Radio 4 'Midweek'.

The Greatest Briton


Library of Congress USA.

The Churchill Exhibition


Professor Charmley.

An Award for Stupidity


Lord Tebbit.

...'spitting in the face' of  'The Few'


The Chairman, Councillors, and Members of The National Trust.

Dishonesty at the Chartwell Gift Shop



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