Members of the London Wagner Society (est. 1953) have been spluttering over their tankards all week at news that the Committee want to depose Dame Gwyneth Jones as president, a post she has held for the past 23 years. The Committee have informed members of their dark intentions.
Their letter, leaked to Slipped Disc, begins in suitably sonorous tones:
… Many of you have told me that we have had tghting in the past and that the Society needs to leave conflict behind and operate in a more constructive and cooperative way.
Hey! This is a society devoted to Wagner. What else do you expect?
The Committee finds itself in fundamental disagreement with the President – not, I understand, for the first time over the last few years – over how the Society should be run.
The immediate issue is the Committee’s decision in pril this year to change the format of our annual bursary.
Oh, is that all?
We acknowledge that we were at fault for not informing the President promptly and that she had to find out from a third party.
She must have read it on Slipped Disc.
We believe it is time for the President to stand down, and we have suggested that she do so. She has not responded.
There’s going to be a Special General Meeting on July 11 with daggers drawn.
In the email corespondence between the warring parties, Dame Gwyneth issues a nuclear warning. The London Wagner Society, she says, ‘will isolate itself from Bayreuth and all the other International Wagner Societies because it was the wish of Richard Wagner, the Founder of he Stipendiumstiftung, that the Wagner Socieities Worldwide should support the RWS in order to find new talent for the Bayreuth Festival.
UPDATE: Dame Gwyeth strikes back. Click here.