Memories

1980s

Reg & Betty Maloney and Leonard Hanson in Bayreuth 1980
1980: L-R Reg & Betty Maloney and Dr Leonard Hansen (Founding President 1981-85) in Bayreuth.

 

 

Wagner Society President Dr Leonard Hansen introduces guest speaker and Society patron Sir Charles Mackerras who would give his first talk to the Society.
16 October 1981: Wagner Society President Dr Leonard Hansen introduces guest speaker and Society Patron Sir Charles Mackerras who would give his first talk to the Society (photo, courtesy Richard King).

 

16 October 1981: Dr Leonard Hansen and Sir Charles Mackerras.
16 October 1981: Dr Leonard Hansen and Sir Charles Mackerras (photo, courtesy Richard King).

 

The Print Room business card
The Print Room business card - the gallery run by Richard King [15] and Murray Smith [member], It was the official address for the Wagner Society for many years, and was the venue for the initial meeting in 1980 and for many AGMs and functions (photo, courtesy Leona Geeves).

Bim Hilder, son of famous artist, J J Hilder designed the business card. It won a competition for best designed card as it had so much information on it. Bim worked with Burley Griffen and designed many of the houses around Castlecrag as well. He was a fine sculptor in his own right..

 

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The Print Room, unknown (photo, courtesy Richard King).

 

16 June 1983: Dr Leonard Hansen with Australian Wagnerian tenor Ken Neate at a reception at the Print Room
16 June 1983: Dr Leonard Hansen with Australian Wagnerian tenor Ken Neate at a Wagner Society reception at the Print Room (photo, courtesy Richard King).

 

17 October 1983: Dr Leonard Hansen with Maestro Cillario who spoke to the Society at the Print Room.
17 October 1983: Dr Leonard Hansen with Maestro Carlo Fellice Cillario who spoke to the Society at the Print Room (photo, courtesy Richard King).

 

24 May 1985: Werner Baer MBE and Guest of Honour Rita Hunter at the Society's Annual Dinner
24 May 1985: Werner Baer MBE and Guest of Honour Rita Hunter at the Society's Annual Dinner, where she was made an Honorary Life Member (photo, courtesy Richard King).

 

Werner Baer and Rita Hunter, Annual Dinner 24 May 1985
24 May 1985: Werner Baer MBE and Rita Hunter (photo, courtesy Richard King).

 

Werner Baer MBE accompanied Rita on the piano, and performed a transcription of ‘Happy birthday for Richard’.
24 May 1985: Werner Baer MBE accompanied Rita on the piano, and performed a transcription of ‘Happy birthday for Richard’ (photo, courtesy Richard King).

 

Leonard Hansen at Sir Charles Mackerras's Meistersinger seminar 1988
11 September 1988: Dr Leonard Hansen with Sir Charles Mackerras, one of the speakers at the 'Meistersinger' seminar held at the Goethe Institut (photo, courtesy Richard King).

 

11 September 1988: Dennis Hennig [member], another speaker at the 'Meistersinger' seminar, with Sir Charles Mackerras
11 September 1988: Dennis Hennig [member], another speaker at the 'Meistersinger' seminar, with Sir Charles Mackerras (photo, courtesy Richard King).

 

11 September 1988: L-R John Wegner (Nightwatchman) and Paul Frey (Walter), two members of the cast of 'Meistersinger' who attended the champagne reception following the seminar
11 September 1988: L-R John Wegner (Nightwatchman) and Paul Frey (Walter), two members of the cast of 'Meistersinger' who attended the champagne reception following the seminar (photo, courtesy Richard King).

 

1980s: L-R: Mary Watts [member], Leona Geeves [87] & Peters Cousens [member] at an early Annual Dinner
1980s: L-R Mary Watts [member], Leona Geeves [87] & Peters Cousens [member] at an early Annual Dinner (photo, courtesy Leona Geeves).

 

1980s: L-R, Josephine ?, Dr Leonard Hansen, Mary Watts, Michel Arnould & Leona Geeves at an early Annual Dinner
1980s: L-R Josephine ?, Dr Leonard Hansen [President], Mary Watts [member], Michel Arnould [member] & Leona Geeves [87] at an early Annual Dinner (photo, courtesy Leona Geeves).

 

Late 1980s: L-R, Internationally renowned bass-baritone Sir Donald McIntyre with members Lady Galleghan and Richard King [15] at a Wagner Society reception at the Print Room
Late 1980s: L-R Internationally renowned bass-baritone Sir Donald McIntyre with members Lady Galleghan and Richard King [15] at a Wagner Society reception at the Print Room (photo, courtesy Richard King).

 

L-R Klaus Baldenhoffer [member], his girlfriend & Anne Power [member]
Late 1980s? L-R Klaus Baldenhoffer [member], his girlfriend & Anne Power [member] at a Society meeting at the Goethe Institut, (photo, courtesy Leona Geeves).

 

L-R Joseph and Judy Ferfoglia [46], Sarah Handley [member] & Ira Kowalski [536]
Late 1980s? L-R Joseph and Judy Ferfoglia [46], Sarah Handley [member] & Ira Kowalski [536] at a Society meeting at the Goethe Institut (photo, courtesy Leona Geeves).

 

 L-R: Clare Hennessy [19], Ruth Bridges [65], unknown & Margaret Hennessy [19A] at a Society meeting at the Goethe Institut
Late 1980s? L-R Clare (or Margaret) Hennessy [19], Ruth Bridges [65], unknown & Margaret (or Clare) Hennessy [19A] at a Society meeting at the Goethe Institut, (photo, courtesy Leona Geeves).

1990s

1990: L-R: Margaret & Clare Hennessy [19A & 19], Reg & Betty Maloney [1], Unknown, Shirley Robertson [416], Dennis Condon, Robert Mitchell [1014], Judith Jacks [637], Joan Klein [member], Unknown, Alec & Aviva Cohen [355] at Bayreuth.
1990: L-R Margaret & Clare Hennessy [19A & 19], Reg & Betty Maloney [1], unknown, Shirley Robertson [416], Dennis Condon, Robert Mitchell [1014], Judith Jacks [637], Joan Klein [member], unknown & Alec and Aviva Cohen [355] at Bayreuth. 


2000s

Betty Maloney cuts the Society's 20th Anniversary cake in 2000, made by Barbara Brady
15 October 2000: Betty Maloney [1] cuts the Society's 20th Anniversary cake, made by Barbara Brady [380].

 

Early members at the Wagner Society's 20th Anniversary in 2000. Front (L-R): Betty and Reg Maloney. Back (L-R): Ruth Bridges, Clare Hennessy, Jim Leigh & Margaret Hennessy.
15 October 2000: Early members at the Wagner Society's 20th Anniversary. Back (L-R): Ruth Bridges [65], Clare Hennessy [19], Jim Leigh & Margaret Hennessy [19A]. Front (L-R): Betty and Reg Maloney [1].