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.

On June 2nd and 3rd, 2018 the Halle, under Sir Mark Elder, will be performing Siegfried with Simon O’Neill in the role of Siegfried, Iain Paterson, The Wanderer and Rachel Nicholls, Brünnhilde. In preparation for this event, Paul Dawson-Bowling will be talking about Siegfried, Fulcrum of the Ring on March 3rd and we are delighted to welcome Rachel Nicholls on May 19th to talk about Singing Wagner and to conduct a masterclass with her student from the University of Huddersfield, Charlotte Collier. In December our Study Day will be led by Derek Blyth who will talk about Lohengrin as a transitional work in Wagner's development.