Cultural Leaders Speak Out

Controversial – Enlightening – Challenging
Some of the Arts’ key thinkers sound off…

From the Secretary of State for Culture to Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum; satirist Armando Iannucci to Dame Liz Forgan Director of the Arts Council; artist and cross dresser Grayson Perry to Alan Rusbridger, editor of the Guardian; as well as conductors, musicologists, instrumentalists, singers and composers.

Where ever the Royal Philharmonic Society has a platform we encourage the leaders in our field to enthuse, denounce, challenge, entertain, provoke, persuade and enlighten.

If possible we’ll make the texts of talks publicly available and they are often broadcast and published in the media.

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Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Managing Director, Barbican Centre: The Royal Philharmonic Society has been a revolutionary force for good in my musical life.


In 1980 pianist extraordinaire Stephen Hough won the first RPS Julius Isserlis scholarship, enabling him to study abroad at Julliard.