6 reasons to join St. George’s TODAY!

6 reasons to join St. George’s Society TODAY! 

  1. Join before 1st March and receive 3 months FREE!*
  2. Enjoy discounts with top British brands, including Barbour, Reiss and Ted Baker.
  3. Have a drink on us! Members receive a free drink with their meal at a number of British pubs and restaurants in New York.
  4. Have fun expanding your network at one of our many events, such as Curry Club, the GREAT British Pub Quiz, the annual Summer Garden Party and more…
  5. Treat a friend to afternoon tea! If you have been introduced to St. George’s by a friend, they could win Tea for Two at Tea & Sympathy!
  6. Support a good cause! Your membership dues are fully tax-deductible and directly support our charitable programs.


*Membership dues start from $75 per year for under 30s and first time members who join before 1st March 2016 will receive 15 months for the price of 12 on any annual membership level. Current members who introduce a new member before the end of March will be entered into a draw to win Tea for Two at Tea & Sympathy.

February 2016 Membership Perks

This month we are excited to bring you some great offers, including discounted opera and theater tickets, free tickets to the BADA Fair in London and details of a free chamber music concert in New York.

To request discount codes or for more information about how to redeem any of the offers below, please email GEORGE@stgeorgessociety.org

25% discount on tickets to MARIA STUARDA at The Metropolitan Opera

The opera MARIA STUARDA, by Gaetano Donizetti, is a searingly dramatic setting of Friedrick Schiller’s play about Mary, Queen of Scots, and her political and personal rivalry with Queen Elizabeth I of England. Sir David McVicar’s stunning production turns on the dramatic confrontation between the doomed Mary – portrayed by soprano Sondra Radvanonsky – and her arch nemesis, Queen Elizabeth – portrayed by soprano Elza van den Heever. “A royal treat… visually striking.” THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Dates: 29 January to 20 February 2016
Venue: The Metropolitan Opera, 30 Lincoln Plaza
Website: https://www.metopera.org/Season/2015-16-Season/maria-stuarda-donizetti-tickets/
Special Offer: 25% discount on tickets for all performances excluding 20 February matinee; excludes tickets in the Family Circle, Balcony Boxes and standing room sections

20% discount on tickets to TWELFTH NIGHT

This performance of TWELFTH NIGHT, presented by Filter Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company, is a radically-cut, fast-paced, and extremely accessible version of Shakespeare’s much-loved comedy where classical verse meets riotous gig. Performed by actors in everyday clothes, the experience is more akin to a rock concert than classical theater, creating an exhilarating live chemistry between actor and audience. “Fresh, fast and very funny. Chaotic, creative and zinging with vibrant irreverence.” THE LONDON TIMES

Dates: 16 to 20 February 2016 (4 performances only!)
Venue: NYU Skirball Center, 566 LaGuardia Place
Website: http://nyuskirball.org/calendar/twelfthnight
Special Offer: 20% discount on all tickets

FREE Chamber Music Concert

The New York Chamber Music Festival presents a FREE chamber music concert on 2 March at 7:30 PM – the acclaimed violin & piano FOYLE-STSURA DUO will perform their New York Recital Debut at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, 120 West 69th Street. London-based violinist Michael Foyle and pianist Maksim Stsura are prizewinners of international competitions and their New York debut is highly anticipated. They will perform masterpieces by Mozart, Brahms, Cesar Franck and Lutoslawski.

Date: 2 March 2016 at 7:30 PM
Venue: Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, 120 West 69th Street
Website: http://www.newyorkchambermusicfestival.org/
Special Offer: Free – no tickets and no RSVPs are required, just show up!

FREE Tickets to the BADA Fair in London

The BADA Fair is the annual showcase for around 100 of Britain’s leading dealers in fine art, design and antiques. With a diverse offering ranging from contemporary art and modern sculpture, to art-deco jewellery and eighteenth-century furniture, the BADA Fair attracts experienced collectors and first-time buyers from around the world.

Dates: 9 to 15 March 2016
Venue: Duke of York Square, London SW3 4LY, England
Website: http://badafair.co.uk/
Special Offer: Free for St. George’s Society members with invitation

20% discount on all tickets to London Irish vs. Saracens at Red Bull Arena!

As Rugby continues to soar as one of the world’s fastest growing sports, London Irish USA invite you to join them for the first time the London Irish and defending champion Saracens face off in the United Sates. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and catch this historic match at Red Bull Arena on 12 March at 3PM.

Date: 12 March 2016
Venue: Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ
Website: http://www.londonirishusa.com/
Special Offer: 20% discount on all tickets with code: 20STGEORGES

Join the action at Red Bull Arena this year with discounted tickets

St. George’s Society of New York has teamed up with the New York Red Bulls for the 2016 season to provide all  members and their families with a special ticket offer!

Dates: 2 February to 30 November 2016
Venue: Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ
Website: https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/nyredbulls/EN/promotion/home
Special Offer: Ticket discounts start at $23 per seat!

Win Tea for Two at Tea & Sympathy!
Don’t forget to spread the word about St. George’s Society for a chance to win a great prize! Introduce a new member before the end of March and be entered into a draw to win Tea for Two at Tea & Sympathy. Increase your chances of winning with each new introduction!

Interested in joining?
If you are not yet a member and would like to take advantage of this month’s perks, join before the end of February and receive FREE membership for three months. First-time members who join before 1 March 2016 will receive 15 months for the price of 12 on any annual membership level. Click here to become a member.


2016 English Ball Honorees

The 2016 English Ball will take place on Wednesday 27th April at the Mandarin Oriental in New York City. At this prestigious event, St. George’s Society will present awards to three distinguished people in the British community in New York: Sir Martin Sorrell, Chief Executive of WPP; Danny Lopez, Her Majesty’s Consul General in New York; and Dr. Amanda Foreman, award-winning historian and 2016 Man Booker Prize Chair.

The English Ball is the most prestigious and important event in St. George’s Society of New York’s calendar with proceeds directly supporting its charitable programs. Starting back in 1770 as a banquet to celebrate St. George, the patron saint of England, it has been held with rare exceptions every year since and is now established as the premier English social event in New York.

The Honorees

Sir Martin Sorrell founded WPP, the world’s largest advertising and marketing services group in 1985 and has been chief executive throughout.

Collectively, WPP employs over 190,000 people (including associates and investments) in over 3,000 offices in 112 countries.  Clients include 344 of the Fortune Global 500, all 30 of the Dow Jones 30 and 69 of the NASDAQ 100.  In 2014, WPP had revenues of $19 billion and billings of $76 billion.

Sir Martin actively supports the advancement of international business and he has been publically recognized with a number of awards including the Harvard Business School Alumni Achievement Award. In the Time 100 “Builders & Titans” he was voted one of the world’s most influential figures in business.  He was also nominated for CNBC’s First 25 List (“Rebels, Icons and Leaders”) of people judged to have had the most profound impact on business and finance in the last 25 years. He received a knighthood in January 2000.  He was recently awarded the 2014 Hugo Shong Lifetime Achievement Award in Communication by Boston University’s College of Communications. In October 2015, Sir Martin was named the fifth best-performing CEO on the planet by Harvard Business Review.

Sir Martin contributes to many important organizations and charities.  Sir Martin is a non-executive director of Alpha Topco, the Formula 1 company, and Alcoa. He is on the Executive Committee of the World Economic Forum International Business Council and a member of the Business Council in the US.  He is a member of the corporate Advisory Group of the Tate Gallery, the International Advisory Board of The Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, the Board of Directors of the Bloomberg Family Foundation and a member of the Advisory Board of Stanhope Capital and Bowmark Capital Group. He is chairman of IBLAC Shanghai and chairman of IBAC London, IBAC Rome and IBAC Jerusalem.

The Medal of Honor was established in 1996 to recognize those who have rendered exemplary service to British interests and/or the international community at large.

Danny Lopez has been Her Majesty’s Consul General in New York since July 2011. He is responsible for promoting the UK’s economic profile, foreign policy and national security priorities in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut’s Fairfield County. He also leads UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) in its operations across the US.

Prior to joining the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Danny enjoyed a varied career in the UK’s public and private sectors. From 2009 to 2011, he worked for the London Development Agency, the Mayor of London’s economic-development arm, as Group Director for Business Support and Promotion. During this time, he created London & Partners, the city’s promotional agency for business, visitors and students, and was its inaugural CEO. From 2006 to 2009, he was a managing director at UKTI, where he was responsible for delivering a new marketing strategy to promote and showcase the UK economy internationally. Before that, Danny spent ten years with Barclays Bank, where he held a number of senior international positions in New York, Miami, London, and India.

Born in England, Danny grew up in Spain and is a fluent Spanish speaker. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in economics and a master’s degree in international economics and finance from the University of Essex. Danny is married to Susan; together, they are the proud parents of Lucy and Stella.

Danny will depart New York in the summer of 2016 when he will return to London. He and Susan would like to thank everyone in the tri-state area who has made their last five years so memorable, especially the wonderful team at St. George’s Society of New York and the diverse and dynamic British expat community in the region.

The Order of St. George’s Society was established in 2004 to recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves through extraordinary service in furtherance of the Society’s mission.

Dr. Amanda Foreman is an award-winning historian, and columnist for The Wall Street Journal, The Sunday Times and The Smithsonian Magazine. Her first book, Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, was an international bestseller, and won the 1998 Whitbread Prize for Biography. It has been developed into a television documentary, a radio play starring Dame Judi Dench and the Oscar-winning film, The Duchess. Her second book, A World on Fire, was also a bestseller and won the Fletcher Pratt Award for Civil War History. It was a runner-up for five further awards, including the National Book Critics Circle Award, and was chosen by The New York Times as one of the ten best books of 2011. In 2015 Amanda wrote and presented The Ascent of Woman, a critically acclaimed documentary series for BBC2.

Amanda divides her time between London and New York, where she founded House of SpeakEasy, a non-profit organization that works with local communities to bring writers and audiences together in innovative ways. Amanda is currently the 2016 Chair of The Man Booker Prize. Her new book, The World By Women: A History of Women from the Apple to the Pill, is scheduled to appear in 2017.

The Anglo-American Cultural Award was established in 2010 to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the US-UK cultural world.

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Member Spotlight – Cliff Franklin

Cliff Franklin

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sabre Integrated Security Systems

Patron Member

Joined: 2000

Born: London, England

Lives: Lower East Side, NYC

What brought you to New York?

In 1997, the British company I worked for had acquired two security systems companies in New York, I was part of the transition team. My original assignment was for 6-months – I liked it, so I stayed.

What do you enjoy about being a member of St. George’s Society?

From time to time, I need to get together with fellow Brits and enjoy that wicked sense-of-humor most of us have. But, more than anything, support for the work St. George’s Society is doing in our community has become the focus of my charitable giving.

What is your favorite New York place or pastime?

The Hudson River – I have a small sailboat that I keep in Jersey City and use the river as my relaxation spot.

Pancake Day

In the UK, Ireland, Australia and Canada, Pancake Day, also referred to as Shrove Tuesday marks the last day before Lent, traditionally a period of abstinence, associated with clearing your cupboards of things like sugar, fat and eggs. It’s known as Pancake Day because it is the perfect opportunity to use up all of these ingredients by whipping up a stack of delicious pancakes!

British-style pancakes are thin, crepe-style pancakes served with a sprinkling of caster sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice in contrast to the thicker, fluffier American-style pancakes often served up with lashings of syrup. The difference between the two is a raising agent. The British-style pancakes served on Pancake Day don’t use one, whereas the breakfast variety served in the US do – typically baking powder, or whipped egg white.

The celebration is often marked by pancake-related world record attempts including the highest pancake toss to the most people tossing pancakes in one location. The world record for the largest pancake was set in Rochdale, Manchester, UK in 1994, by the Co-Operative Union, Ltd. Measuring 15.01 m (49 ft 3 in) in diameter and 2.5 cm (1 in) thick, the pancake weighed 3 tonnes (6,614 lb), and took more than just a frying pan to flip over!

Wondering where you can get some flippin’ good British-style pancakes in NYC? Every year GEORGE celebrates Pancake Day and this year is no different! Come along to The Churchill and get your fix of complimentary British pancakes, drink specials and good conversation. As part of our 2016 member drive this event is an OPEN HOUSE, so spread the word and bring friends along for a FREE introduction to GEORGE. Click here to RSVP

Prefer to flip your own pancakes at home? Post your pictures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #BritsInNYC so fellow Brits in New York can follow the celebrations!