[National Wagner Society]

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 took the art form of opera to a whole new level. 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 no longer has an active Wagner society, and having failed to get critical mass in meetings I tried to organise early in 2015, it has been a low priority for me since. However I do not want to give up quite yet.

If I organize something, I will post details here, along with events organised by others in the area that might be of interest. If you want to be on my e-mailing list then contact me at c6goakley9@virgin4medi7a.com (NB: delete all the numbers).

Chris Oakley, 3 May 2019


23 April - 25 June 2019 Wagner and Philosophy 10 sessions from 2-4pm on Tuesdays at Ewert House, Summertown, by philosopher Dr. Meade McCloughlan. Course fee: 205. Organised by the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education. I strongly recommend signing up as Dr. McCloughlan explains everything very well: no prior knowledge of philosophy is required!
Friday, 17 May 2019 7:30pm, Sheldonian Theatre: pianist Joanna McGregor plays a program which includes the Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde.
Sunday, 28 July 2019.  7am to (approx) 11pm, Sutro Room, Trinity College. A playthrough of the entire 2002 Levine Ring on DVDs in a single day. Admission free. You are free to come and go as you please.