Richard Wagner
The Years in Exile 1849-1862

A Study Course at Gartmore House, Stirlingshire
Friday 15th to Monday 18th September 2017
Tutor:  Derek Watson BMus LRAM

This is our third Study Weekend following the path of Wagner's career and creative work.  We find him now in Zurich where congenial friends, visitors, and patrons encouraged him during his exile from Germany following involvement in the Dresden revolt of 1849.  The Swiss environment, the mountain scenery, and his relations with Mathilde Wesendonck form the background to the creation of the early parts of the Ring Cycle, and Tristan und Isolde.  We follow him to Venice, Lucerne, and Paris.  In Paris a new Tannhäuser is commissioned by Napoleon III.  Triumph or disaster?  Amnesty?

This will be a residential course held in the pleasant and comfortable surroundings of Gartmore House. The course will start with dinner at 6pm on Friday 15th September followed by the first teaching session. There will be free time until 4pm after lunch each day and we will disperse after breakfast on Monday 18th September 2017. On the Sunday evening, we will watch film extracts from the operas.

A detailed programme and information about reading material will be sent out in early June with a reminder for the final payment. Special requests for rooms, diet and pick up from Stirling Station can be made at this time.

Gartmore House

Situated in the Trossachs, Stirlingshire, FK8 3RS, near Aberfoyle and the Lake of Menteith, this house was built by William Adam in 1793 as a home for the Graham family. Run by a charitable trust as a conference centre, all areas have disabled access.

Full en suite residential rate including all meals and tuition (per person)
Single occupancy:  £415
Shared room:  £385
Non-residential rate available on request

An evening bar is available for sale of drinks.

Please complete the booking form enclosing a non-returnable deposit of £75 per person to secure your booking.  Balance must be paid by 1 June 2017.


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