Wagner 200, established by Mark Eynon and Barry Millington, is a collaborative venture with a number of partners: Aurora Orchestra, Barbican Centre, BBC Radio 3, BBC Symphony Orchestra, British Library, Kings Place, London Jewish Cultural Centre, London Symphony Orchestra, London Song Festival, Opus Arte, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal College of Music, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Royal Opera House, Southbank Centre, The Wagner Society, The Wagner Journal.
Honorary patrons: The Lady Aldington, Dame Gwyneth Jones, Sir John Tomlinson
Directors: Mark Eynon and Barry Millington
Founder Sponsor: The Wagner Society
Sponsors: Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, London Evening Standard, Thames & Hudson Ltd, The German Embassy, The Lindeth Charitable Trust, The Wagner Journal
Benefactors: Mr & Mrs G W Mallinckrodt, KBE, KCSG
Supporters: Lord & Lady Aldington, H E The German Ambassador & Mrs Christiane Boomgaarden, Ms Beatrice Holland, Mr Andrew Medlicott, Mrs Heleen Mendl-Schrama, Mr & Mrs Christopher Scott, Sir David & Lady Sieff, Rev & Mrs John Wates, Mr Ralph Wells, Dr Yvonne Winkler, Lord & Lady Young
Mark Eynon graduated from Cambridge with a degree in English, and after working as an assistant on various opera productions, he created the first Henley Festival, which he ran for ten years. He was also director of the Salisbury Festival before being appointed Assistant to the General Director of the Royal Opera House, and then Artistic Associate of the European Arts Festival. He was the first director of the BOC Covent Garden Festival and also worked as consultant on two major opera galas at the Royal Opera House: the Mozart Bi-Centenary Gala and the Mozart 250th Anniversary Gala. Since 2008 he has been the British representative on the jury of the annual singing competition Concours International de Chant des Châteaux en Médoc. As a freelance producer, Mark has organised many events including the revived Chelsea Arts Balls at the Royal Albert Hall, Britain’s largest nativity play, the Wintershall Nativity, and Brighton’s Healing Sounds Festival. He became Director of the Newbury Spring Festival in 1999 and established the associated Sheepdrove Piano Competition in 2009.
Barry Millington is Chief Music Critic for the London Evening Standard and founder/editor of The Wagner Journal. He is the author and editor or co-editor of eight books on Wagner, including Wagner, The Wagner Compendium, The Ring of the Nibelung: A Companion and Selected Letters of Richard Wagner, and also contributed the articles on Wagner and his operas to The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and The New Grove Dictionary of Opera. His latest Wagner book, Richard Wagner: The Sorcerer of Bayreuth, was published in October 2012. He was the founder and artistic director of the Hampstead & Highgate Festival (1999–2003), has acted as dramaturgical adviser at international opera houses, and recently co-founded the ensemble Counterpoise. He is known also as a broadcaster and lecturer.