President's Report - December 2001

Dear Members

Welcome back to 2002 and a happy New Year to you all.

Our Christmas party was a great success with over 6o members enjoying a busy afternoon, despite a lost bottle opener! Terence Watson compiled a series of film extracts with Wagner connections ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous. Members were asked to identify the film, Director and the music - not as easy a task as you might think. We all tried hard but the winner was Mike day by a significant margin. We congratulate Mike and thank Terence for providing a real challenge and much entertainment. All members brought a plate and we enjoyed a most delicious and varied afternoon tea.

Our raffle winners were, Britt Hartnett (a complete CD Ring Cycle), Roger Cruickshank (Christmas cake

Colin Jones (Lohengrin CDs) and Barbara McNulty (Wagner compilation 2 CD set). Our very grateful thanks go to Jochen Strossberg from Universal Music who generously donated the CDs and Barbara Brady who again made and donated a Swan decorated Christmas cake.

Our sympathy goes to Annie Marshall and her family who lost their home at Helensburg in the Christmas fires. Our sympathy also goes out to any others of our members who suffered loss or whose houses or property might have been damaged during these fires.

The first meeting this year will be on the 17 February when Antony Ernst will discuss two early Wagnerian works, Die Feen (The Fairies) and Das Liebesverbot (The Ban on Love) and I look forward to seeing you then.

Barbara McNulty
January 2002