Programme 2019/20

Season 2019/20


Our events include talks, study days and the occasional social gathering.

We are always pleased to see new faces as well as former and current members of course! There is no need to let us know if you are coming – just show up – there will always be someone to greet you and help you settle into what, hopefully, will be an enjoyable and stimulating evening.

Please feel free to contact our Secretary if you have any queries.

The Friends’ Meeting House

6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS Venue info

This is our regular venue at which we hold our talks.  Evening sessions start at 6.30pm and finish at 8.30pm with a short break in between. The topics are extremely varied and range from examination of musical and cultural influences on Wagner, to exploration of the vocal, orchestral and technical challenges involved in performances of his works.  

9th September 2019

Derek Blyth – Alberich: Antagonist or Protagonist?

14th October 2019

David Code – Debussy and Wagner

11th November 2019

6.00p.m. start time this evening

Michael Fuller – Women and Redemption in Wagner:the case of Senta

9th December 2019

Michael Downes – Elgar’s Oratorios as Wagnerian Music Drama

13th January 2020

Michael Fand – Opus Metaphysicum:an empty phrase

Owing to a family bereavement, Michael Fand is unable to be with us so this event is cancelled

10th February 2020

Roger Allen – Art is what matters here? Richard Wagner and Wilhelm Furtwangler

9th March 2020

Peter Franklin – Wagner and Cinematic Techniques

This Lecture has been postponed until next season and will be replaced with an in-house

discussion on ‘Der Fliegende Holländer’


Study Days

The Anthony Burgess Centre

Engine House, Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester M1 5BY Venue info

28th March 2020

Barry Millington and Keith Warner-

Approaches to Staging Wagner from a Critical and Practitioner Perspective

16th May 2020

Derek Blyth

Parsifal – legend, myth, consecration, final score