The iconic RPS Bust of Beethoven is a symbol of musical excellence, creativity and support for the living composer.
Beethoven's music featured from the first Philharmonic Society concert in 1813 and the Society went on to give many premieres of his works as well as commissioning the Ninth Symphony. Beethoven's image is also engraved on our highest honour for musicians - the Gold Medal.
The bust was given to the Society in gratitude for the help we gave to Beethoven in his lifetime. It has traditionally stood on the platform at every RPS concert since 1871 and can still be seen at RPS events today as we continue to support the finest performers and most creative living composers.
To celebrate our 200th Birthday we sent Beethoven Bust out on to the streets of London:
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