Richard Wagner
The Years in Exile 1849-1862

A Study Course at Gartmore House, Stirlingshire
Held:  Friday 15th to Monday 18th September 2017
Tutor:  Derek Watson BMus LRAM (Wagner Society of Scotland founding Chair)

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

Gartmore House



Gartmore House management welcomes the Wagner Society:


Below, Wagner Society Chair, Dale Bilsland introduces members to the programme for the study course weekend:

Under Derek Watson's encyclopedic and colourfully told narrative, we find Wagner 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?  All was revealed!

Situated in the Trossachs, Stirlingshire, FK8 3RS, near Aberfoyle and the Lake of Menteith,Gartmore 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 residential and day rates will be published on the announcement of the next course to be held Septemmber, 2018.

An evening bar is available for sale of drinks.


An announcement about our next course will be made soon.

A detailed programme and information about reading material is 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 that time.


Dale Bilsland
22 West Chapelton Drive, Bearsden, Glasgow, G61 2DA
Telephone:  0141 942 0935  Mobile:  0776 691 2724


John Anderton
2 Glenlockart Road, Edinburgh, EH10 5RG
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
Telephone:  0131 623 2920  Mobile:  0790 256 3232