An announcement will be made soon regarding the 2022 courses programme. Please visit this page again for updates.

To view previous courses recently run by the Wagner Society of Scotland, please visit

Tristan und Isolde course

You will have noted in our most recent Newsletter, that in the absence of our regular Gartmore course, BBC presenter David Nice has undertaken to present an online Opera in Depth course examining Tristan und Isolde. David is well known to us, having presented previously at Gartmore.

David writes, “Join us for the most intense and sustained love story in the history of opera – indeed, arguably, in any sphere. After an introductory session for context, we’ll be following the course of the drama with excerpts from a wide range of recorded performances, both on CD, DVD and YouTube. I’m also hoping we will be able to welcome special guests as we have before – Graham Clark and Sir John Tomlinson for Siegfried and JT also for Götterdämmerung, where he was followed by Susan Bullock, Dame Anne Evans, Richard Jones and Jay Hunter Morris. That’s the beauty of Zoom!”

The Zoom course, delivered under the auspices of the Wagner Society of Scotland, comes highly recommended by previous course participants. It was originally scehduled to begin on Wednesday 28 July 2021, but has now been postponed to start 4 August. It will still run for 10 weeks. Sessions last from 2:30pm to 4:30pm.

Payment of the one-off £100 course fee (per device, not per person) should be arranged directly with David via his email at

If you have any difficulties, please email or give Derek Williams a call on 07857602004.

10th April

‘Rienzi’ Study Day

Paul Dawson-Bowling is the author of The Wagner Experience and its Meaning to us (2013). For some 30 years he was a principal reviewer for Wagner News and has published articles in the UK and America. During the Study Day he will give details of various aspects of Wagner’s first successful opera. Watch this page for updates on how to book.