Intro | Events

Hayllar Music Events


Intro | Events

Hayllar Music Events

Hayllar Music events

Hayllar Music Tours is proud to announce a new series of talks and events, presented by our Tour Leaders and music industry insiders.

The events are free. However, as places are limited we do ask that you reserve your place in advance.

There are currently no upcoming events listed, but to keep up-to-date on our future events, you can sign up to our mailing list here.

Details of our previous event with Professor Heath Lees can be found below.

event details | The Ring and The Lord of The Rings

WEDNESDAY 6 DECEMBER 2017 | 10:30am–12:00pm

93 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000

The talk begins at 10:30am and finishes at 11:30am. After the talk, please join us to continue the discussion with Professor Heath Lees, and to mingle and chat with fellow inquisitive minds while enjoying a cup of tea or coffee.


Tickets for this event have now sold out. If you would like to register your place on the waitlist for The Ring and The Lord of the Rings, please complete the waitlist form below, or contact us on or on +61 (0) 2 8091 2545.

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professor heath lees

The Ring and The Lord of The Rings: Wagner, Tolkien, Peter Jackson and Howard Shore. 

A ‘popular presentation’ by Professor Heath Lees designed for those who know nothing about Wagner and for those who know everything.

For many years, devoted fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s book The Lord of the Rings have swept aside any suggestion that it was based on Richard Wagner’s four-opera cycle The Nibelung’s Ring. Tolkien himself scoffed at the idea.

Yet, in the wake of Peter Jackson’s blockbuster film trilogy, more and more people saw The Lord of the Rings as a profoundly Wagnerian blend of epic myth and powerful music. And when they looked closely, they found elements of the story that could only have come from Wagner’s operas.

In a further burst of Wagnerian understanding, film audiences quickly realised how important the music was to the telling of the story. Soundtracks and arrangements were snapped up by all and sundry, and the name of the composer — Howard Shore — went up in lights.

This talk by Heath Lees, Wagner expert, pianist, and DVD presenter, will explore the fascinating links that connect Richard Wagner, the original Lord of The Ring, with Tolkien’s book, Jackson’s film, and Shore’s music. In particular Heath reveals how Howard Shore followed Wagner’s musical legacy, by including bits of Wagner in his soundtracks, and by making free with Wagner’s so-called leitmotif  — a technique that Heath explains by means of video clips, music teasers, and live piano demos.

This exhilarating talk aims to open up the world of The Ring for Wagner-virgins while offering new horizons to those who are already Wagner-groupies.