Nurturing a New Generation of Singers
Charity Number: 1076508

Our Aims

Mastersingers was founded to continue and develop the tradition of British┬áWagnerian singing at the highest international level. We take our inspiration┬áfrom the celebrated conductor Sir Reginald Goodall, whose pioneering work┬áat English National Opera in the 1970s and ÔÇÖ80s laid the foundation of great┬áWagner interpretation in this country.

Our purpose today is to train, mentor and promote British singers in the┬áGerman Romantic repertoire ÔÇô mainly in the works of Wagner, but also┬áincluding those of Richard Strauss. With the direct involvement of BritainÔÇÖs┬ámost senior and distinguished artists, we are nurturing singers who are┬áusually mid-career and who are discovering that their voices are growing into┬áheavier and more dramatic repertoire.

In pursuit of these aims, our specific objectives are:

To encourage a wider appreciation of WagnerÔÇÖs music, through presentation┬áof workshops, masterclasses, lectures, public concerts, study days and open┬árehearsals both with piano and with orchestra at venues throughout the U.K.

To stage operatic productions both in the original German and also in English┬átranslation that follow the spirit of the composerÔÇÖs original directions whilst┬ámaking them valid to audiences of today

To encourage Wagner enthusiasts to contribute towards achieving the above objectives and help promote the next generation of Wagner singers

Like many educational programmes, we need to raise money to fund our operation. We have ambitious plans to expand our work and our network of supporters over the next years. Mastersingers is a registered charity and as such receives no public funding. Our work is entirely dependent on the generosity of individual and corporate benefactors.