The Wagner Society of Scotland notes with great sadness the recent passing of our founder, Derek Watson, peacefully at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, on September 17, 2018 after a brief illness, aged 69 years.  Derek's death was reported in an obituary article in the The National and elsewhere.  According to Derek's wishes, his funeral was private.  Derek remained an esteemed friend of our society, a notable Wagner academic whose lectures at Gartmore and elsewhere over the years have contributed enormously to our erudition on Richard Wagner and his works.  His publications on the Wagner opus and others will likewise live on after him on library shelves and elsewhere.  The society also extends our sincerest condolences to Derek's partner, Will Scott.

The Wagner Society of Scotland was founded in 1984 under Derek Watson's chairmanship.  After Derek’s retiral in 2013, a new Committee was elected with Dale Bilsland as Chair, serving until 2017 when Derek Williams was elected.

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.

Bayreuth Scholarship Winner 2018

The Society is delighted to announce that our Bayreuther Stipendiatin for 2018 is Claudia Wood, a Scottish Soprano who is a graduate with distinction in Vocal Performance from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, currently studying at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Applications are now open for the 2019 Scholarship.


Der Ring des Nibelungen - Das Reingold

A Study Course at Gartmore House, Stirlingshire
Held:  Friday 14th to Monday 17th September 2018
Tutor:  David Nice

This residential course was held in the pleasant and comfortable surroundings of Gartmore House.  This was our fourth Study Weekend following the path of Wagner's career and creative work.

Gartmore House

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Derek Williams
21/6 Guthrie Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JG
Email:  chair@wagnerscotland.net
Telephone:  0131 2411 804  Mobile:  0785 760 2004


John Anderton
2 Glenlockart Road, Edinburgh, EH10 5RG
Email:  secretary@wagnerscotland.net
Telephone:  0131 447 1645


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

Membership Secretary

Ian McLennan
6 Merchiston Place Edinburgh EH10 4NR
Email:  membership@wagnerscotland.net
Telephone:  0131 623 2920          

Newsletter Editor

Maureen McLennan
6 Merchiston Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4NR
Email:  newsletter@wagnerscotland.net
Telephone:  0131 623 2920  Mobile:  0790 256 3232