The Society is delighted to announce that Alison Woodman was elected as its President at the Annual General Meeting on 18 April 2018. Alison taught in Western Australian public secondary schools for more than forty years. In the final two years of her career she was released from her school to take the role of President of the Western Australian Secondary School Executives Association, the professional association for public secondary school principals and deputy principals. She represented the Association at meetings and conferences nationally and internationally. Alison retired in 2008. In retirement she is a member of the boards of two Independent Public Schools, volunteers at the Museum of Performing Arts at His Majesty's Theatre and at Perth Modern School, and travels extensively. From Alison..."Greetings, fellow Wagnerians, and thank you for your warm welcome as I commence my term as President in what I anticipate to be an auspicious year for our Society. The concert performance of Tristan und Isolde by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Principal Conductor Ascher Fisch will be the highlight of our calendar and the Western Australian Society looks forward to returning the hospitality of other Wagner Societies during the Tristan season. Music and the arts have been a lifelong interest of mine and I am pleased to have the opportunity to contribute to The Richard Wagner Society of WA, having enjoyed the benefit of so much knowledge since joining several years ago. Being able to attend Bayreuth last year for The Ring, Mastersingers, Tristan and Parsifal was a wonderful experience, all the more so because past-President John Meyer was also there to guide me through the customs and procedures of the House on the Green Hill. On behalf of the WA Society I thank John for his tireless contribution to the promotion of the music of Richard Wagner and the advancement of the aims of the Society during his Presidency."
The Wagner Society is one of five such societies in Australia, all of which are member societies of the Richard Wagner Verband International (the International Association of Wagner Societies, which is commonly abbreviated as the RWVI or “The Verband”). The Association unites regional Wagner associations or societies around the world and currently has 131 member societies. Its purpose is to create interest in and deepen the understanding of Richard Wagner's works, to provide support for the next generation of artists, to support the Richard Wagner Scholarship Foundation founded at the behest of Richard Wagner, to work to ensure the continuing success of the Bayreuth Festival, and to promote international co-operation. The President is Horst Eggers, who is based in Bayreuth, and who sent a message of congratulations to our Society on the occasion of our 30th anniversary in 2016. The RWVI holds an annual Wagner Congress. John Meyer will represent the Society at this year’s Congress in Budapest, Hungary, from 7th-10th June, 2017.
Kate Milligan was awarded the Wagner Society’s Scholarship for 2016 which enabled her to attend performances of Der Ring des Nibelungen in Melbourne at the end of November last year.
Kate is currently in the fourth year of composition studies in the School of Music at The University of Western Australia. She is also an accomplished violinist and is a regular member of the Western Australian Youth Orchestra and The University of Western Australia Symphony Orchestra.
While in Melbourne, courtesy of The Wagner Society (Victoria), Kate was able to attend the introductory presentations on The Ring given by Heath Lees, and to be present at a workshop conducted by Simone Young with the Australian National Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra. It was at our Society’s 30th Anniversary Gala in July last year that Kate was presented with her scholarship by Simone Young, the Wagner Society’s Patron.
Kate attended the Society’s AGM on 19 April and delivered a report on her experience at the Melbourne Ring. An abridged version can be read here.
The Festspielehaus at Bayreuth
Kate Milligan and John Meyer at Opera Australia’s production of the Ring. State Theatre Centre, Melbourne. December 2017