About The Wagner Society of Scotland

Richard Wagner (1813-1883) was the dominant figure of German opera in the 19th century. His art and writings had an enormous impact on music, opera, theatre, design, painting, literature, politics and philosophy that still reverberates today. There is an annual festival at Bayreuth in Bavaria in the Festival Theatre designed by Wagner for the performance of his music dramas (and those of other selected composers!) . It opened in 1876 with the premiere of Der Ring des Nibelungen as a complete cycle.

The Society and Aims

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

Our patron is Edinburgh-born, internationally renowned conductor Donald Runnicles OBE; honorary members are Richard Armstrong CBE, Lady Veronica Gibson, Linda Esther Gray, Sir Brian McMaster CBE and John Wallace CBE.

The Wagner Society of Scotland is one of some 130 societies worldwide affiliated to the International Richard Wagner Society. You can visit their website at: www.richard-wagner-verband.de

The Society’s aim is to promote the knowledge and appreciation of the life & works of Richard Wagner.

Programme of meetings

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

Our current programme can be seen by clicking the document at the foot of this page and more detail on the next few meetings by clicking the events tab

Selected highlights of past programmes can be seen by clicking the past highlights drop down on the events tab

Study Courses

We hold a residential weekend summer course each year studying one of Wagner’s operas in more detail. You can find more details about the 2015 course here

Newsletters

We issue around four Newsletters per year. These can be viewed by clicking the newsletter tab.

Publications

We have issued four volumes of a scholarly Journal since 2003 and a Bulletin in 2103. You can read about these publications and how to obtain copies here.

Bayreuth Scholarship Fund

Over the years we have built up a Fund to enable a young person involved in music or theatre to attend the Bayreuth Festival. More details about the scholarship, past winners, eligibility and how to apply can be found here

Current Committee and Constitution

The Wagner Society of Scotland is registered as a Scottish Charity number SCO2820. It is run by a Committee and governed by a Constitution which you can see by clicking on the document below

Current Committee:

Chair:  Dale Bilsland

Secretary:  John Anderton

Treasurer and Membership Secretary:  Peter Stuart

Newsletter Editor:  Marueen McLennan

Website Manager:  Derek Williams

Ordinary members:  Tim Gould; Gabriele Kuhn; Christine Proudfoot; Ina Stewart

Contact details of office bearers can be seen at the foot of this page

Suggestions for improvements from members are always welcome and should be sent to the Chair and/or Secretary.

Chair

Dale Bilsland
22 West Chapelton Drive, Bearsden, Glasgow, G61 2DA
Email:  dale.bilsland2012@btinternet.com
Telephone:  0141 942 0935  Mobile:  0776 691 2724

Secretary

John Anderton
2 Glenlockart Road, Edinburgh, EH10 5RG
Email:  john.anderton4@btinternet.com
Telephone:  0131 447 1645

Treasurer & Membership Secretary

Peter Stuart
1C Pendreich Road, Bridge of Allan, Stirling, FK9 4PZ
Telephone:  0178 683 3804                

Newsletter Editor

Maureen McLennan
6 Merchiston Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4NR
Email:  the.mclennans@btinternet.com
Telephone:  0131 623 2920  Mobile:  0790 256 3232