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The Oxford Wagner Society

The word 'genius' is used far too liberally, but there are few cases, such as that of William Shakespeare, where it is hard to argue. Richard Wagner is another of such - a man who transformed opera from light entertainment to high art. As his patron King Ludwig II of Bavaria noted, the 19th century was fortunate to have hosted him. Wagner's genius needs no explanation from me, but what I can do is to assist the process of sharing insights and musical experiences with students and staff at Oxford's Universities, or those who, like myself, just happen to live in the area. Note that the University itself does not have an active Wagner society.

Chris Oakley

I would expect to organise about two events per year, although this number may rise if there is interest. Details will be posted here. If you want to be notified in advance, then contact me by e-mail, which is c6goakley9@virgin4medi7a.com (NB: delete all the numbers).