Edinburgh Society of Musicians

Sunday May 24th 2015, 7.30pm

Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 19:30
CHRIS GRAY: "Wagner, the Father of modern conducting philosophy"

Chris Gray writes:

"Wagner's 1869 essay 'Über das Dirigiren' made a revolutionary statement about the changing roles and responsibilities of the conductor, moving conductors away from generations of administrative functionality to a future with unquestioned musical control. Wagner's desire...Read more

Sunday April 19th 2015

Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 19:30
IAIN FRASER: "In Italian or English? The first performances of Wagner's operas in Scotland"

Iain Fraser, who with his brothers Peter and Stephen co-founded the website Opera Scotland, offers a talk on its origin, development and some of the discoveries they’ve made in relation to the early performances of...Read more


Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 19:30
KEN WALTON: "Wagner- the critic's perspective"

Wagner's music presented contemporary audiences and critics with a whole new listening experience. Ken Walton, classical music critic and columnist of The Scotsman, examines the nature of 19th century critical reaction to Wagner's music, setting...Read more

6 July 2014, 7.30pm

Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 19:30
Prof Heath Lees: The Music of Wagner’s Ring and the Life Cycle of an Audience

Heath Lees is Emeritus Professor of Music at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.   Born in Edinburgh, raised in Rutherglen, he studied at University of Glasgow. He has held posts at the Universities of Huddersfield...Read more



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