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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George Benjamin, composer, conductor, teacher, programmer: awarded RPS Honorary Membership in 2011.


In 'The Red Headed League', Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson attended a performance by the violinist Sarasate at a Society concert in 1891.