Her Majesty The Queen at 90

To mark the 90th birthday of Her Majesty The Queen, we highlight some interesting facts about the life of the longest reigning British monarch in history.

queen 1Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was born on 21 April 1926 where her birth was witnessed by the then Home Secretary Sir William Joynson-Hick, in a tradition dating back hundreds of years to ensure that the newborn was not a royal imposter! There is also an official royal birthday in June known as ‘Trooping the Colour’.

As the first daughter of Prince Albert, she was born third in line to the throne.

In a twist of fate, when her Uncle King Edward VII abdicated the throne in 1936 and her Father was crowned King George VI, Elizabeth became the heir presumptive at the age of 10.

During the Second World War, she joined the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service where she trained as a mechanic.

At the end of the war on Victory in Europe Day, Elizabeth, along with her sister Margaret, embarked on what she describes as ‘one of the most memorable nights of my life’ when she snuck out of the palace to wander incognito among the revelers celebrating the end of the war.

She married Prince Phillip, The Duke of Edinburgh, in 1947 (using ration coupons to pay for the material for her wedding dress) and they have been married for 68 years.

Thousands of brand new television sets were sold up and down the country for millions of people to watch her coronation in 1953 at the age of just 25.

Queen FamilyHer first child Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, was born in 1948; he has a sister Princess Anne and two brothers Princes Edward and Andrew. She also has 8 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and 30 godchildren.

The Queen’s reign has seen 12 Prime Ministers and 12 Presidents,  7 popes and 6 archbishops of Canterbury and there have been 23 waxwork figures of the Queen at Madame Tussauds.

The Queen’s love of Corgis is well-known. She has owned over 30 since she was given her first Corgi Susan as an 18th birthday present, who accompanied The Queen on her honeymoon! She has also introduced her own breed named the ‘Dorgi’ when one of her corgis mated with Princess Margaret’s dachshund. She once had to demote a footman for putting whiskey and gin into one of her Corgi’s dog bowls.queen & corgis

She needs neither a passport to travel nor a driving license to drive.

Continuing the tradition of her father and grandfather, The Queen has given out over 90,000 Christmas puddings to her staff.

Her Majesty is also a fashion icon to many and is often seen in block colour outfits and matching hats, which she wears to ensure she can be seen in a crowd.

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St. George’s Society of New York would like to wish Her Majesty very happy returns on her 90th Birthday and many more to come.

Would you like to send your own message to The Queen on her birthday? There are a number of digital books for well-wishers to sign:

http://www.thequeensbirthdaybook.com/

https://www.royal.uk/messagetothequeen

Or you can post a card or message directly to the Palace at:

Her Majesty The Queen,
Buckingham Palace,
London
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Member Spotlight JoAnne Davidson

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JoAnne Davidson
English Ball Chair
Patron Member
Joined: 2007
Born: Harrisburg, PA
Lives: Upper West Side, NY

 

What is your connection to the UK? During my twenty year career with an investment bank, I travelled frequently to England, developing close friendships which continue to take me back. After leaving finance, I worked in the non-profit sector and joined the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms.

What do you enjoy about being a member of St. George’s Society? All the people I have met and friends I have made. I have also enjoyed my role as Chair of the English Ball since 2012 which has raised over $2.5 million for the Society’s charitable programs.

What is your favorite New York place or pastime? My two favorite places in New York are within minutes of my home – I frequent them constantly- the Metropolitan Opera and Central Park with my dog Carlos.

May Membership Perks

 

This month, we are excited to bring you details of a new year-round perk with Smith & Brit Boutique and Spa in Chelsea. You can also purchase discounted tickets to a number of concerts and lectures with a British theme in May.

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


Join presenting partner BAFTA New York at the Montclair Film Festival’s “Tribute to Richard Curtis”

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Montclair Film Festival is pleased to offer an opportunity to attend three Richard Curtis tribute events on Saturday, April 30th. The tribute program includes a Screening of LOVE ACTUALLY with Live Commentary by Director Richard Curtis at The Wellmont Theater from 1:00 PM, “In Conversation” with Richard Curtis, moderated by Stephen Colbert at Montclair Kimberley Academy from 4:30 PM and a Tribute Reception at Montclair Golf Club from 6:30 PM. All events are ticketed. Link to purchase, schedule and information are below.

Date: April 30th with events from 1:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Venue: Montclair and West Orange, NJ
Website: https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/MontclairFilmFestival_1/Tribute2016.html

Special Offer: Tickets starting from $250

 


New perk with Smith & Brit Boutique and Spa!

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Smith & Brit is a beauty and wellness destination in the heart of Chelsea. Here the collective experience, knowledge, and passion of its founders is used to help clients look and feel their very best. Taking inspiration from some of their favorite brands to work with and others that they admired in the industry, they decided to start their own company.  Now they are excited to offer a carefully edited selection of products, a beauty and wellness experience, expert advice, and treatments such as bespoke facials and reflexology.

Their focus is on innovative and effective brands that contain the highest quality ingredients created with integrity and passion by their founders. The team aims to help each client discover what’s most appropriate for their unique needs as well as introduce them to exciting new health and beauty finds. Taking their 40 plus years of combined experience from around the globe, Kristyn Smith, Claire Beevers and Ali Hynes have created a truly unique space to share their secrets with health and beauty lovers in NYC.

Date: Year-round
Venue: Smith & Brit, 233 West 19th Street
Website: www.smithandbrit.com
Special Offer: 20% off facial, reflexology and make-up application and 10% off retail purchases

 


An Encore Evening with Iris Williams “The Voice and Soul of Wales”

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IRIS WILLIAMS, OBE was born in Wales and received a scholarship to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama which started her on a career leading to international fame. Her success in the United Kingdom is legendary. Her recording of “He Was Beautiful” earned her a gold disc and an invitation by HM The Queen to perform at the annual Royal Variety Performance. In 2004, Iris was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) by the Queen for her contributions in the field of music, and for her services to charitable institutions around the world. Iris now lives in New York and her love for classic American standards has made her a popular favorite in the US.

This concert will celebrate the Great American Songbook, concentrating on songs by Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Duke Ellington, Henry Mancini and the Gershwins. There will also be selections of songs made famous by Edith Piaf.

Date: May 2nd at 7:00 PM
Venue: Birdland NYC, 315 West 44th Street
Website: http://www.birdlandjazz.com/event/1089733-encore-evening-iris-williams-new-york/
Special Offer: $10 off tickets ($25 to $35)

 


800 Years of Family History: Berkeley Castle

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In a country rich in history, only the Berkeley family can lay claim to having passed their estates the longest from father to son since Saxon times. Their home, Berkeley Castle—built on the Anglo-Welsh border—is the oldest continuously occupied castle in England after the royal fortresses of the Tower of London and Windsor Castle. If its walls could talk they might whisper about the notorious murder of King Edward II which took place here in 1327, or echo back the first performance of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, written for a Berkeley family wedding in 1596. More recently, it has served as a silent player and set for the hit television adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall. Castle Director and heir, Charles Berkeley will illustrate the Castle, his family home, and discuss how 27 generations have enhanced and maintained an irreplaceable piece of English history.

Date: May 2nd at 6:00 PM
Venue: The Union League Club of New York, 38 East 37th Street
Website: https://www.royal-oak.org/lectures/event_detail.php?eid=55436&dm_i=1OUB,45NQ4,AIZW6J,F46L2,1
Special Offer: $35 tickets (non-members $45)

 


Enjoy $5 off general admission tickets for Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah

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The Choral Society is a high-quality chorus of 150 voices, performing sacred masterworks in magnificent Grace Church on Broadway & 10th  Street. Enjoy $5 off general admission tickets for their Spring Concert Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah.

Date: May 13th at 8:00 PM and May 14th at 3:00 PM
Venue: Grace Church in New York, 802 Broadway at 10th Street
Website: http://www.thechoralsociety.org/event-listing/
Special Offer: $25 members ($30 non-members)

 


 

SAVE 30% at Brooks Brothers in their May Corporate Shopping Event

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We are excited to announce Brooks Brothers May Corporate Shopping Event.  All Corporate Members will SAVE 30% on Wednesday, May 18, 2016.  This is a ONE DAY EVENT and valid on all full priced merchandise online and in Retail stores only.

Date: May 18th – All Day
Venue: Online and in retail stores
Website: www.brooksbrothers.com

Special Offer: Save 30% on full priced merchandise

 


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Historic Royal Palace welcome you to a traditional British garden party with a ‘royal twist’ as they celebrate the 90th birthday of Her Majesty The Queen this year. During the evening, guests will sip on summer cocktails whilst enjoying the surrounding of the ‘secret garden’ at the Merchant’s House Museum.

Date: May 24th at 6:00 PM
Venue:The Merchant’s House Museum, 29 East 4th Street
Websitehttp://www.hrp.org.uk/support-us/support-us-from-the-usa/events/events-2016/?dm_i=2VUY,7TEL,11UTIW,P3D7,1#gs.CiWA==Y

Special Offer: $50 members ($60 non-members)


At the Queen’s Table: Food and Dining in the 16th Century from Anne Boleyn to Elizabeth I

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The 16th century saw some of the most dramatic change culturally, politically and economically in all of England’s history.  The world of cooking, food and dining was among those areas that evolved substantially under the Tudor monarchs and into the Elizabethan age.  From the banquets of Henry VIII through to the court entertainments of Elizabeth I, food transformed from the modest cooking of the Middle Ages to a style and presentation influenced by the Italian Renaissance.

In this illustrated talk, professionally trained chef, culinary writer and educator, Carl Raymond will chart the course of food as it was cooked, prepared and appeared on royal tables throughout the 16th century. Anchored by the three great Tudor queens, Anne Boleyn, Mary Stuart and Elizabeth, the talk will discuss cooking techniques and methods, menus, dining etiquette and actual recipes from the period. A discussion will focus on the kitchens at Hampton Court Palace, now restored and still functioning after 400 years which give the modern day culinary enthusiast the most vivid image of exactly how food was obtained and meals for hundreds of guests were accomplished. Attendees will leave with a collection of recipes true to the Tudor period but adapted for the modern kitchen should they wish to try a royal banquet at home.

Date: June 2nd at 6:30 PM
Venue: The English Speaking-Union, 144 East 39th Street
Website:www.esuus.org/newyork/about/queens_table/.
Special Offer: $25 members ($35 non-members)

 


Capital District Renaissance Festival – Take A Trip Back in Time

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A weekend of lords, ladies, minstrels and more amongst the apple trees and strawberry fields of Indian Ladder Farms in Altamont, NY. Spend a day enjoying a long-forgotten past, where the magic of princesses, dragons, and knights are intertwined with rich history and sport. Stroll the market and meet artisans selling the unique and beautiful. Enjoy a show by one of the many street or stage performers. Taste the flavors of foreign foods and fresh menus. Learn about the art of battle. Thrill at the excitement of a joust tournament. You are guaranteed to have a grand time and whether you come in costume or in your street clothes, everyone is welcome. There’s plenty to see and do at the NY Capital District Renaissance Festival, HUZZAH!

Date: June 11th & 12th
Venue: Indian Ladder Farms – 342 Altamont Road, Altamont NY
Website:https://nycapitaldistrictrenfest.com/
Special Offer: Save $3 on each adult ticket (up to 6 tickets) at the gate.

 

English Ball raises over $1,000,000!

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The 2016 English Ball, held on 27 April at the Mandarin Oriental in New York City, was a resounding social and financial success, raising over $1,000,000 for the Society’s charitable work. The gala marked the Society’s 246th anniversary and honored three distinguished individuals who are making an impact on the Anglo-American community on both sides of the Atlantic.

Sir Martin Sorrell, Founder and Chief Executive of WPP received the Medal of Honor in recognition of his significant contribution to transatlantic business relations. WPP is the world’s largest communications services company employing over 190,000 people in over 3,000 offices in 112 countries.CSR_0061

Danny Lopez, Her Majesty’s Consul General in New York received the Order of St. George’s Society for his extraordinary service in furtherance of the Society’s mission as Honorary President of the Society. Danny 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.CSR_0173

Dr. Amanda Foreman received the Anglo-American Cultural Award for her outstanding achievements in the US-UK cultural world. Dr. Amanda Foreman is an award-winning historian, columnist for The Wall Street Journal and The Sunday Times and 2016 Chair of the Man Booker Prize.CSR_0072

“The 2016 honorees share St. George’s Society’s commitment to promoting philanthropy, culture and international relationships,” said Richard Sexton MBE, President of the Society. “We are truly grateful to have the support of such influential figures in the Anglo-American community. Their participation has created a record-breaking year for the English Ball and will allow us to help more people in need in the tri-state area.”

As well as being a financial triumph, the English Ball is also a great social occasion that celebrates St. George’s Day and the Society’s English heritage. Attendees were greeted by a 15” Union Jack flag hanging proudly in the Mandarin Oriental ballroom and the evening commenced with cocktails in the flag-filled ballroom foyer. Guests enjoyed singing along to the UK and US national anthems and extracts from the BBC Proms in London were shown on big screens and filled the room with patriotic renditions of Rule Britannia, Pomp and Circumstance and Jerusalem. Over 450 guests enjoyed fine food and wine as well as dancing to live music from The Alex Donner Orchestra.CSR_1159

 

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We would like to thank our members and supporters for their collective generosity in helping us achieve this remarkable outcome.

Thank you for your support:

Presenting Sponsors

The Kraft Group

Gold Sponsors

21st Century Fox
News Corp
Viacom

Silver Sponsors

Burson-Marsteller
Cohn & Wolfe
DreamWorks Animation
Geometry Global
GroupM
Hearst
Hill+Knowlton Strategies
J.Walter Thompson Company
MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated
Ogilvy & Mather
Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide
Team Detroit
WPP
Wunderman
Young & Rubicam

Bronze Sponsors

The Ahrendts-Couch Family Foundation UK
Aon plc
Davis & Gilbert LLP
Grey Group
Marsh & McLennon Companies
Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
Natalie T. Pray
Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, New York
Standard Chartered Bank
The Weather Company, An IBM Business

Patron Sponsors

Joel R. Anderson
BBC Worldwide North America
The Capital Group
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Mr. & Mrs. John C. Harvey
KPMG LLC
MediaLink
Moet Hennessey USA
The New York Times Company
Sudler & Hennessey
Winchester Capital

 

 

 

Member Spotlight – Jason Hicks

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Chef and restauranteur

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Patron Member

Joined: 2013
Born: Stratford upon Avon, England
Lives: Larchmont, NY

What brought you to New York?

I was traveling for a couple of years through New Zealand, Australia and South East Asia. My flight home came through New York. Upon reaching JFK on a short layover from Taipei I decided to visit a couple of friends I knew from my industry that were living in NYC. This was in 1996 and I am still here with a wife and three children!

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

I enjoy being a member of St. Georges Society as it’s a great way to meet people and stay connected with the British culture that I left, whilst at the same time doing good for people in need through the various things St. George’s supports. This can leave you with a feel good factor which is always nice.

What is your favorite New York place or pastime?

Although I love the city and am still in awe of its magnitude and pace after 20 years, I most enjoy exploring and discovering some of the towns and the history in upstate New York.

Roger’s Story

imageedit_3_635734175869-year-old Roger has been receiving much-needed financial and emotional support from St. George’s Society since 2012. Roger recently found himself in a desperate situation when he was forced out of his home following a fire in the building. Our new Mountbatten Intern Rachael Jones spoke to Roger about this experience and the help he has received thanks to the support of our generous donors.

How did you hear about St. George’s?

After I lost my job, I started retraining as a substance abuse counselor because it was something that interested me and my brother was an alcoholic and had died the year before. This was a program that was offered to me through AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) and after about nine months I had to do an unpaid internship placement for 32 hours a week which really cut down my opportunities to earn, so I was having money problems.

Around about this time, I saw an advert for St. George’s Society. I thought maybe I could apply for an interest free loan or a grant for my studies, so I spoke to Mary Lamasney (St. George’s Society Social Worker) and she came down to meet me and they started helping me with my rent.

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In March there was a fire in the apartment directly beneath me and because of smoke, water damage and the Fire Department ‘interior decoration scheme’, the HPD (Department of Housing Preservation and Development) inspected the building and declared my apartment uninhabitable. So, although clothing and towels can be laundered, things like my bed, couch, chairs etc. all had to go. Personal possessions…I’ve been lucky, but all my books are gone. They smashed all the windows so there was glass in every room, soil trodden everywhere from my house plants and lots of dust from plaster – I have to wear a gas mask when I go into the apartment because if I don’t I start coughing once I’ve left the place.WP_20160307_11_20_48_Pro

It’s kind of alright except when you go back and you look at it and you get depressed because you’re just like, ‘Where do I start?’

What does St. George’s Society mean to you?

St. George’s is continuing to help me with my rent and to replace some of the furniture ruined in the fire. I don’t know what to say…once again a lifesaver. Alongside the financial help is all the emotional support, the social work and legal services and all that advice about all the stuff you’re eligible for as a senior; to explain and guide you through it is such a help.  I mean, at that point when I was doing my substance abuse counselling and not working, there were months where I had to borrow rent and by the time I’d paid it back another rent was due and I really thought ‘I could be homeless!’ If you don’t plan for your old age it happens before you know it. I had no preparations and I seriously thought ‘I could be sleeping in that park across the street’. So I don’t know what to say. Once again the St. George’s Society has been there for me.

April Membership Perks

 

This month, theater lovers can purchase discounted tickets to NYU Skirball Center’s Samuel Beckett Trilogy and register for free membership (worth $59.59) with 59E59 Theaters giving you access to discounted tickets to the annual Brits Off Broadway festival. You can also enjoy discounted tickets to Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and An Evening of English Music at Saint Thomas Church plus member-price tickets to lectures with the English-Speaking Union and Historic Royal Palaces.

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


Enjoy 25% discount on tickets to hear the choir of St. John’s College, Cambridge

St thomas english musicFollowing his acclaimed performance last fall as our guest conductor for the Mozart Requiem and Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Andrew Nethsingha returns to Saint Thomas Fifth Avenue with his own choir – the Choir of St. John’s College, Cambridge – on Tuesday, April 5 at 7:30pm.  Presenting a program of music by English composers and dedicated to the memory of John Scott, the concert will showcase the rich Anglican choral tradition of which the Choir is a leading exponent.

DATE:  5 APRIL 2016 AT 7:30PM

VENUE:  SAINT THOMAS CHURCH FIFTH AVENUE

WEBSITEhttp://conta.cc/1UA39Fb

SPECIAL OFFER:  25% DISCOUNT (TICKETS FROM $40 TO $75)

 


An Invitation to the Banqueting House and the Court of James I: Lecture & Reception

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You are invited to the court of James I. The year is 1619 and it begins with a dramatic fire that consumes the Banqueting House at Whitehall Palace and everything in it in the space of two hours. Inigo Jones seizes his opportunity to design its spectacular replacement.

Join Dr. Wendy Hitchmough, Head of Historic Buildings & Research at Historic Royal Palaces, as she explores the Stuart dynasty and the Banqueting House as a site of power, diplomatic receptions and decadent masques and parades.

Date:  12 April 2016 at 6:00pm

Venue:  India House, One Hanover Square

Websitehttp://www.hrp.org.uk/support-us/support-us-from-the-usa/events/events-2016/

Special Offer:  $25 members ($35 for non-members)

 


20% discount on tickets to Samuel Beckett Trilogy: NOT I, FOOTFALLS, ROCKABYNot I -  Sky Arts

In Walter Asmus’ critically-acclaimed staging of three one-woman plays by Samuel Beckett, Irish actor Lisa Dwan masterfully triangulates the existential void. In Not I, a woman—reduced to a mere mouth, suspended in total darkness—seeks solace in a blisteringly paced stream of her own broken speech. In Footfalls, a tattered soul, drained of life, paces relentlessly outside her dying mother’s bedroom. And in Rockaby, a woman slowly withdraws from the world, rocked to eternal sleep in her mother’s chair. This production drew ecstatic reviews at BAM in 2014, Royal Court Theatre and in the West End.

Date:  13 to 17 April 2016

Venue:  NYU Skirball Center, 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square

Websitehttp://nyuskirball.org/calendar/notifootfallsrockaby

Special Offer: 20% off all ticket prices ($25 to $65)

 


The King Under the Car Park: The Search for Richard III

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One of the mysteries surrounding Richard III is where he was buried. In 2012, a team of archaeologists from the University of Leicester set out to search for his final resting place under a parking lot in central Leicester. Against all odds, the project located the burial site of the king, who died in 1485 in the Battle of Bosworth Field.

In this lecture, Richard Buckley, the leader of this team will tell the remarkable story of this search and the complex process of confirming Richard’s identity.

Date:  14 April 2016 at 6:30pm

Venue:  The English-Speaking Union, 144 East 39th Street

Websitehttps://www.esuus.org/newyork/about/The_King_Under_the_Car_Park/

Special Offer: $25 members ($35 for non-members)

 


Join BAFTA New York for “In Conversation with David Tennant”David Tenanant (3)

BAFTA New York is thrilled to invite you to the latest installment of their exclusive series focused on the very best of British talent. Their next guest will be BAFTA Winner David Tennant, who over his twenty-seven year long acting career has left a trail of memorable characters over an expansive and diverse array of film, television and on stage credits. Tennant is most recognizable for his portrayal as the 10th Doctor on the widely beloved series Doctor Who and recently known for his role as detective ‘Alec Hardy,’ on the critically acclaimed BBC crime series Broadchurch. Currently, David can be seen on stage as the title character in Shakespeare’s Richard II as a part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s King & Country: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle Of Kings series.

Date: 18 April 2016
Venue: Retro Report, 633 Third Avenue, 16th Floor
Website: http://www.bafta.org/new-york/whats-on/in-conversation-with-david-tennant
Special Offer: St. George’s Society members can purchase tickets for $20

 


15% discount on tickets to Purcell’s DIDO AND AENEAS starring Kelli O’Hara and Victoria Clark

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DIDO AND AENEAS tells the story of the widowed Queen of Carthage and the war hero Aeneas, two ill-fated lovers driven apart by a devious Sorceress.  MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale) will bring this tempestuous Baroque opera by Henry Purcell, and a world premiere prologue composed by Michael John LaChiusa (The Wild Party) to spellbinding life this April.  Don’t miss this unique production, with a cast hailing from both the Broadway and opera worlds (Kelli O’Hara, Victoria Clark, Elliot Madore, Anna Christy, and Sarah Mesko), the singers of MasterVoices, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Doug Varone and Dancers, and Conductor Ted Sperling.

Date: Two nights only! April 28 (7pm) and 29 (8pm), 2016

Venue: New York City Center, 131 W. 55th Street

Websitehttp://www.nycitycenter.org/tickets/productionNew.aspx?performanceNumber=9518#

Special Offer: 15% discount on tickets (tickets start at $30)

 


$10 member tickets for English Baroque Concert “Flora Gave Me Fairest Flowers”

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Queens Consort is an early music ensemble in New York City, based in the borough of Queens. “Flora Gave Me Fairest Flowers” is a concert of English Baroque music on period instruments to celebrate spring. Works by John Wilbye, Thomas Morley, Matthew Locke, John Dowland, Henry Purcell and Thomas Arne.

Date: April 29th at 7:30pm
Venue: St. Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street
Websitehttp://www.queensconsort.com/#!concerts/c1bg6 
Special Offer: $10 member price tickets

 


Free membership with 59E59 Theaters and discounted tickets to Brits Off Broadway showsbrits off broadway

59E59 Theaters is the number one Off-Broadway destination in New York City and hosts the annual Brits Off Broadway festival when the best of British theater comes to New York in a veritable feast of new work never before seen in the US! St. George’s Society members can register for FREE membership  (worth $59.59) with 59E59 Theaters and enjoy discounts on tickets to more than 40 productions, all year long, including Brits Off Broadway shows as well as a 15% discount at selected local restaurants and $15 parking with your member ticket stub on the day of show.

Date: Year round

Venue:  59 East 59th Street

Websitewww.59e59.org

Special Offer: Free membership worth $59.59

 


Enjoy $5 off general admission tickets for Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah

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The Choral Society is a high-quality chorus of 150 voices, performing sacred masterworks in magnificent Grace Church on Broadway & 10th  Street. Enjoy $5 off general admission tickets for their Spring Concert Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah.

Date: May 13th at 8pm and May 14th at 3pm
Venue: Grace Church in New York, 802 Broadway at 10th Street
Website: http://www.thechoralsociety.org/event-listing/
Special Offer: $25 members ($30 non-members)

 


To view a full list of the year-round member perks click here

To become a member of St. George’s Society click here

 

 

“Cry God for England, Harry and Saint George!”

 

April is a special month for St. George’s Society, as we celebrate the feast of Saint George on 23rd April with a month of events and special offers, but what do we know about Saint George and why do we celebrate him?patron_saint-george

Saint George is the patron saint of England as well as the namesake of our charity and it’s 246 year old legacy, however very little is known about the real Saint George. He is thought to have been born into a noble Christian family in the late third century in Cappadocia, modern day Turkey, and died a martyr in 303 when he refused to persecute fellow Christians. He became a revered soldier during the 3rd century and stories of his valiance and bravery made him an inspirational figure to the English crusaders who learned of him during the Middle Ages.
These stories reached the ears of King Edward III who, upon founding the Order of the Garter (England’s order of knights), named Saint George as its patron.
The most famous of these tales was of George and the dragon.

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Legend has it that George arrived upon a village where a dragon was terrorising the local people. To appease the creature they had begun to sacrifice a sheep per day to feed its hunger until they no longer had any sheep. The King then decreed that they must sacrifice a maiden to keep the dragon at bay.

Each day the sacrifice was chosen by lot until the King’s daughter was selected. George was horrified and offered to slay the dragon. When the dragon heard the horses hooves approaching he ran out of the cave to confront Saint George. George threw a spear at the dragon which shattered over his scales and retreated in fear. Suddenly he noticed a patch of skin under the dragon’s arm and charged forward with his sword to slay the beast.

The villagers held a huge feast in his honor and the feast day of Saint George is celebrated each year in tribute to his bravery.

***FUN FACT***
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William Shakespeare, who included a very well-known reference to Saint George in his play Henry V., is said to have been born and died on the same day, 23rd April – St. George’s Day!

Alongside England, Saint George is also the patron saint of Germany, Portugal, Georgia, Ethiopia, South Africa, Aragon, Catalonia, Genoa, Venice, Moscow & Beirut as well as representing postal workers, farmers and shepherds, soldiers and boy scouts.

St. George’s Day Campaign

To mark St. George’s Day, we are running a campaign throughout the month of April to celebrate the UK’s finest exports while raising much-needed funds for charity. Join in the celebrations at one of our participating pubs, restaurants and retailers.


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718.855.7775
www.chipshopnyc.com

The ChipShop Annual British Beer Festival  will feature two British casks and ten British kegs rarely seen this side of the pond. Flights of all beers will be available, accompanied by various food specials.

Enjoy Fish & Chips at The Atlantic ChipShop on Friday 22nd April and/or a Full English Breakfast on Saturday 23rd April and 10% of the proceeds will be donated to St. George’s Society of New York.


The ChurchillChurchill logo
45 East 28th Street
646.476.8419
www.thechurchillny.com

Celebrate Saint George at The Churchill from 19-24 April with proceeds supporting St. George’s Society of New York.

 

Monday 18th April: Metal Monday with Robinson’s Trooper Beer

Tuesday 19th April: Very British Bingo & English Trivia with Fullers London Pride

Wednesday 20th April: ‘Gin for George’ (Brockmans & Cotswold Gin)

Thursday 21st April (6pm): Old Golden Hen & Old Speckled Hen promotion

Friday 22nd April: Fish & Chip Friday

Saturday 23rd April: Full English Breakfast

Sunday 24th April: Traditional English Sunday Roast


Cock & BullCock and Bull logo
23 West 45th Street
212.819.1900
www.cockandbullnyc.com

Enjoy a flight of five of the finest English Ales for just $25 (or $34 with a shot of Scotch). Flight includes 6oz tasters of Fullers London Pride, Cock & Bull ESB, Old Speckled Hen, Bellhaven Stout, Wells Bombardier and the Cask of the Day.

Throughout the month of April, 50% of proceeds from all flights will be donated to St. George’s Society with 100% of proceeds donated to the charity on Saturday 23rd April.

 


Harney & SonsHarney & Sons tea
888.427.6398
https://www.harney.com/special-english-breakfast-tea.html

Harney & Sons created Special English Breakfast – a strong blend of black teas from India, Sri Lanka and Kenya – in association with St. George’s Society of New York and 10% of the proceeds from each purchase of this tea supports our charitable programs.

Order your Special English Breakfast Tea online on Saturday 23rd April and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to St. George’s Society of New York. Available in 4oz tins or 1lb bags.

 


Jones Wood FoundryJones Wood Foundry logo
401 East 76th Street
212.249.2700
www.joneswoodfoundry.com

On Sunday 17th April, Saturday 23rd April and Sunday 24th April The Jones Wood Foundry is celebrating Saint George with a delicious Traditional English Roast (featuring Main Street Meats) with Yorkshire pudding, roast potato, seasonal vegetables, horseradish cream and natural gravy.

The Traditional English Roast costs $16 and ALL proceeds will be donated to St. George’s Society of New York. 


The ShakespeareShakespeare Logo
24 East 39th Street
646.837.6779
www.theshakespearenyc.com

On Sunday 17th April, Saturday 23rd April and Sunday 24th April The Shakespeare is celebrating Saint George with a delicious Traditional English Roast (featuring Main Street Meats) with Yorkshire pudding, roast potato, seasonal vegetables, horseradish cream and natural gravy.

The Traditional English Roast costs $16 and ALL proceeds will be donated to St. George’s Society of New York. 

‘Shakespeare at The Shakespeare’ …To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death, The Shakespeare is partnering with theater company Hamlet Isn’t Dead to host a wonderful dinner theater experience every Monday in April at 7pm. Admission is only $10 and all food and drink is available a la carte once seated. In honor of Tartan Week, there is an extra special one-off performance of McSHHH! (an adaptation of Macbeth) on April 4th. For the remaining three Mondays in April they will be showing Two Gentlemen of Verona. Reservations recommended.


The Winslow
243 East 14th Street
212.777.7717
www.thewinslownyc.com

 

Toast Saint George with an English Ale! Throughout the month of April, $1 from every Old Speckled Hen will be donated to St. George’s Society of New York.