We're all in this together

2013 Royal Philharmonic Society Lecture - Roger Wright

The Future of Classical Music - We're All in This Together: this lecture was delivered on 9 October 2013 at the Kaplan Penthouse, Lincoln Center, New York City, as part of the Royal Philharmonic Society Bicentenary Celebrations.

Roger Wright

Former Controller of BBC Radio 3 and Director of the BBC Proms, and now Chief Executive of Aldeburgh Music. Under Roger's leadership, BBC Radio 3 increased its commitment to live music both throughout the UK and internationally in addition to strengthening its support and encouragement of young artists. The station continues to be the world's largest commissioner of new music, broadcasting works by a wide range of composers. Roger was also the driving force behind ground breaking composer-focused seasons such as The Beethoven Experience, A Bach Christmas, Webern Day and most recently, seasons featuring the complete works of Mozart and Schubert.

Through his work at Radio 3 and the Proms, Roger helped to move the classical music world into the digital era, not least by the huge success of the Radio 3 Beethoven download project in 2005, when there were one million downloads of the Beethoven symphonies in one week. His artistic leadership of the Proms saw record breaking audiences both in the Royal Albert Hall and on radio, television and online.

The RPS Lecture

offers a platform for eminent thinkers and cultural commentators to examine aspects of the future of music. Recent speakers have included the neuroscientist Susan Greenfield, composer Steve Reich and opera director Graham Vick.



Daniel Barenboim, RPS Gold Medal 2007: Classical music will not survive unless we change our attitude and make it something that is essential to our lives. Join the RPS if you believe in the future of music.


Richard Wagner was musical director of the 1855 Philharmonic Society Season and conducted all eight concerts.