Wagner's Parsifal - Virtual launch party

Ladies and gentlemen, please enjoy our virtual launch video, recorded in celebration of the launch of Roger's book Wagner's Parsifal: The Music of Redemption. 

Published by Allen Lane/ Penguin on Thursday 7th May, we we joined by friends, family, philosophical and musical colleagues for this most wonderful event. 

To order a copy of Wagner's Parsifal, please visit our Bookshop.   

Reviews
In his weaving of philosophy and musicology into an explication of redemption via the vehicle of compassion, this is an unparalleled, sadly posthumously published offering. It is at once required reading and a launch pad for an infinitude of musings. It is also, it should be clearly stated, magisterial.

Colin Clarke, Opera Now
This is Roger Scruton's final book. Parsifal was Wagner's final opera. Both works are intended to be taken as Last Words: testaments of belief at the end of a long spiritual journey... you [will] find enormous satisfaction in following the journey of one of our great philosophers making sense of his own life though another's sublime work of art.

Sue Prideaux, Spectator
Scruton is one of the finest philosopher-musicians since Schopenhauer. After reading this book, only the most unadventurous reader would turn down the chance to see Wagner's masterpiece.  - Read the full article HERE.

Jonathan Gaisman, Standpoint
Highly original and penetrating ... he writes about the music authoritatively but comprehensibly... lucidly, cogently and even entertainingly

Tim Blanning, Literary Review
A brilliant gallop through the master's religious, musical and philosophical contexts


Michael Tanner, Literary Review. Read the full article HERE.

Richard Morrison, The Times.
Wagner at grail-forceThe late Roger Scruton appraises Parsifal, an opera not for the faint-hearted. Read the full article HERE.

Scrutopia Summer School Announcement

Following on from the Government’s latest COVID-19 public statement we are sorry to announce it is not possible to hold the Scrutopia Summer School between the 29th July and 7th August this summer. We feel the Summer School is all about friendship, socialising and intimate seminars which would be difficult to conduct in our present situation. In addition, air travel is likely to be extremely difficult.

This is an unprecedented and challenging time for everyone and the health, safety and enjoyment of all those that attend and are involved with the summer school remains our number one priority.

We apologise for the delay in making this announcement but are grateful to you all for your support and co-operation at this busy time. Sophie and I would like to take this opportunity to thank and wish you well through this challenging time.

In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Dr Martin Mansell MD FRCP LLM Consultant Nephrologist has died of Covid-19. Martin enrolled in the University of Buckingham MA in Philosophy 2018/19 and was supervised by Sir Roger and by Samuel Hughes. He also attended the Scrutopia Summer School Alumni meeting of 2019 ( see picture: A visit to Knight's Mill)  and is fondly remembered for his kindness, his lively scepticism and his searching questions in pursuit of truth. He was deeply interested in the ethics of organ donation, researching legal and moral questions surrounding the work to which he had devoted his distinguished professional life.

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Wagner’s Parsifal by Roger Scruton review – in defence of the insufferable - The Guardian, 30 May 2020

Wagner’s Parsifal by Roger Scruton review – in defence of the insufferable. Stuart Jefferies for The Guardian.
Nietzsche famously called Wagner’s last opera poisonous, but does its theme of redemption offer an antidote to our ills?

Read the full article HERE

Wagner's Parsifal - due for release 7th May 2020

‘Wagner’s Parsifal – The Music of Redemption’ 

This short but penetrating book, by a writer who was uniquely both a leading philosopher and musicologist, shows us how Wagner achieves this profound work, explaining the story, its musical ideas, and their coming together into a sublime whole which gives us the musical equivalent of forgiveness and closure. There are few writers who can so enhance our understanding of one of the greatest works in western music.

Reviews - 

Scruton is one of the finest philosopher-musicians since Schopenhauer. Jonathan Gaisman, Standpoint

Highly original and penetrating ... he writes about the music authoritatively but comprehensibly... lucidly, cogently and even entertainingly. Tim Blanning, Literary Review


A brilliant gallop through the master's religious, musical and philosophical contexts. Sue Prideaux, Spectator


After reading this book, only the most unadventurous reader would turn down the chance to see Wagner's masterpiece. Economist

Find out more at https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/315/315017/wagner-s-parsifal/9780241419694.html

News from Scrutopia - 1st April 2020

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News from Scrutopia - 31st January 2020

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Building More, Building Beautiful.

We’ll make it easier to build beautiful homes, to end the myth that quality is the enemy of supply
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Robert Jenrick, Housing Secretary. (Sunday Telegraph ‘Comment’ section 25 January 2020)

New homes that conform to local residents' ideas of beauty to be fast-tracked through planning system
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Edward Malnick, Sunday Political Editor. (The Telegraph, Front page Sunday 25th Jan 2020)

The Commission will be launching the final final on Thursday 30th January.