Forthcoming Events

Owing to ongoing concerns re Covid-19, all talks will be delivered over Zoom, unless otherwise indicated, from 6.30-8.30 pm.  Members are not required to pre-book on Eventbrite.  Non-members are welcome to attend, and they should book on Eventbrite via the link provided for each event.  A link to the Zoom meeting will be sent by email prior to the event to all members, and to non-members who book on Eventbrite.


Zoom: £5 for non-members, free for members. Free for students.

Student membership of the Society is free.


29th October – Please note this is a Tuesday.  This will be a joint Zoom event with the Wagner Societies in London and Manchester, hosted by London.  Members and will receive the Zoom link from their own society.

Ulrich Jagels

Managing Director of the Bayreuth Festival.

View behind the scenes of Bayreuther Festspiele.  This will include a look at the Audience, Sales and Marketing, Finance, and recent Building Renovation.



24th November

Rachell Nicholls (Soprano)

Further details to follow



8th December – In-person event

Annual General Meeting

followed by Laurence Dreyfus – Wagner and the Erotic Impulse in Munich

Further details to follow




21st January


Dr Patrick Carnegy, 15th Earl of Northesk – new book “Wagner’s Theatre – In Search of a Legacy”

In Wagner’s Theatre, Patrick Carnegy presents the turbulent story of Wagner and his interpreters over the course of the twentieth century. Dr Carnegy gives vivid accounts of Gustav Mahler’s radical reinvention of the Wagnerian stage, and of the post-war rehabilitation of Wagner and his work after Hitler’s appropriation. He also offers sharply written reappraisals of those great Wagnerian conductors Klemperer, Toscanini, Karajan and Solti. Carnegy provides revealing accounts of the inside-workings of the Royal Opera House and of English National Opera at troubled points in their recent history. In a fascinating conversation with Sir Michael Tippett, the composer talks with unique authority about the problems facing would-be musical dramatists today. Wagner’s Theatre is an essential insight into how interpretations of Wagner have developed, and how we can respond to them.


25th February

Marc Weiner – Wagner and Anti-Semitism

Professor Emeritus, Department of Germanic Studies, Indiana University.

In the second half of the 20th century there was widespread reticence, both in Wagnerian scholarship and in the general public alike, to acknowledge and discuss Richard Wagner’s antisemitism, and a refusal to recognize its role in the understanding of his music dramas.  But an appreciation of the composer’s thoughts concerning the allegedly nefarious danger Jews posed to the development of German art and society is essential to assessing both the construction of various individual dramatic characters and the ideological implications of the dramatic machinations of many of Wagner’s most celebrated works for the stage.  Through an analysis of a host of Wagner’s essays and central passages from the third of his Ring dramas, Siegfried, the talk will seek to demonstrate the importance of recognizing the role that antisemitism plays in his dramatic project.


30th March – In-person Event

Hans Rudolf Vaget – Wagner and America



Further details to follow



20th April

Richard Bell – forthcoming book on the theology of Tristan and Isolde

Richard H Bell is Professor of Theology at the University of Nottingham, UK.

Further details to follow


18th May

Fr Patrick S Cheng – Wagner from a Queer Perspective

Visiting Professor of Anglican Studies at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

Further details to follow