The Wagner Society of Scotland was founded in 1984 under the chairmanship of Derek Watson. After Derek’s retiral in 2013, a new Committee was elected with Dale Bilsland as Chair.

Our aim is to promote the knowledge and appreciation of the life & works of Richard Wagner.

We hold meetings monthly from September to June/July and a residential study course in the summer.  Meetings are generally held on Sundays at 7.30pm at the Edinburgh Society of Musicians, 3 Belford Road, Edinburgh EH4 3BL. See events page for current programme.

Richard Wagner: The Dresden Years 1843-1849

Friday 16th to Monday 19th September 2016

Tutor: Derek Watson B.Mus. LRAM

In our previous study course The Young Wagner in September 2015, Derek Watson told the story of Wagner’s early life as far as his first great success: Rienzi, premiered in Dresden in October 1842.

In September 2016, Derek will continue the story by surveying Wagner's career in the years he was Royal Kapellmeister at Dresden.    Der fliegende Holländer (which he had...Read more

Bayreuth Scholarship Winner 2016

The Society is delighted to announce that our Bayreuther Stipendiatin for 2016 is Rebecca Godley.

Born in Wales, soprano Rebecca Godley studied Music and Mathematics at the University of Leeds, graduating with a BSc Honours Degree.

She is currently in her final year in the MMus in Vocal Performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under the tutelage of Claire Shearer. She is presently preparing for Opera School auditions including an exploration of the Wagner repertoire.

Chairman: Dale Bilsland, 22 West Chapelton Drive, Bearsden, Glasgow G61 2DA. E-mail: dale.bilsland2012@btinternet.com Telephone: 0141 942 0935

Secretary: Nadine Harrison, 16 Craiglockhart Terrace, Edinburgh EH14 1AJ. E-mail: nharrison12@btinternet.com Telephone: 0131 443 1152

Treasurer and Membership Secretary: Scott Wilkinson, 4 Greenbank Grove, Edinburgh EH10 5SU. Email: scottwilkinson9271@sky.com

Newsletter Editor: Robert Allen, 3 Glenorchy Terrace, Edinburgh EH9 2DQ. Email: reallen@ednet.co.uk