RPS Lectures

The Royal Philharmonic Society Lectures examine the future of classical music in a high profile public forum. Often controversial and always engaging, speakers have included composers, conductors, broadcasters, impresario, scientists and critics. What must be done to ensure that classical music survives the 21st Century?

2015 
Alan Gilbert, Orchestras in the 21st Century; a new paradigm

2013
Roger Wright, The Future of Classical Music - We're All in This Together

2010 
Alex Ross, Hold Your Applause! Inventing And Reinventing The Classical Concert

2009 
Susan Greenfield, Listening Out To The Future

2006 
Steve Reich, Present Realities - Future Questions

2005 
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Will Serious Music Become Extinct?

2003 
Graham Vick, Inclusion Or Be Damned

2002 
Michael Berkeley, Private Passions, Public Culture

2001 
Nicholas Kenyon, Tradition Isn’t What It Used To Be

2000 
Ernest Fleischmann, The Community Of Musicians, Musicians For The Community

1999 
David Pountney, The Future Of Opera

1998 
Sir John Drummond, Taking Music Seriously

1997 
Yan Pascal Tortelier, The Sound Of Music: Inheritance And Evolution

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DID YOU KNOW?

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