Jeffrey Lawton

Sir Mark Elder CBE
Sir John Tomlinson CBE
Anthony Negus 

Vice President

Derek Blyth

A society for people interested in the life and music of Richard Wagner to meet and learn together.

The Society was founded in the early 1950s when members met simply to listen to LP recordings of Wagner's music; now that we have easy access to the music, we meet to learn more about these magnificent works from speakers who are experts in their field, as well as to attend performances together and discuss our shared enthusiasm.

The bi-centenary of Wagner's birth in 2013 offered us innumerable opportunities to enjoy his music, and our enthusiasm has not in the least diminished in the last four years. The highlight of 2016 was Opera North's Ring Cycle at the Lowry, but the first night of Tannhauser at Longborough and a fascinating masterclass and rehearsal workshop by the Mastersingers Company also made June 2016 a month to remember. Fortunately we have access to more and more Wagner - and in September 2017 will begin another season of meetings, and opportunities to compare notes with our fellow 'Wagnerians'. The new programme will be on the Programme page later in the summer.