The Community of Musicians, Musicians for the Community

2000 Royal Philharmonic Society Lecture - Ernest Fleischmann

Given on 12 February 2000 at the at the Royal Over-Seas League, London

The Community of Musicians, Musicians for the Community

“There may not be anything inherently wrong with much of the better rock and pop music, but the enormous marketing machines bulldozing this music into every facet of a child’s - or many adults’ - consciousness have left no place in most people’s cerebellum to receive and react to the enchantments of classical music. Indeed there is a prevalent perception that going to a symphony concert is hard work, and after a rough day at the office, one wants to take it easy and have a good time.”

“…surely what is needed are some initiatives that are far-reaching in scope and dramatic in impact: initiatives that will win back for classical music a central position in the everyday lives of young people everywhere. …And we need to make sure that whatever means we devise to demonstrate the powerful impact that music can have will be regularly available to young people regardless of income group or nationality.”

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.

The RPS Lecture is generously supported by Peter Bull


Brian McMaster, advocate for the arts, former director, Edinburgh International Festival: presented with RPS Honorary Membership in 2009.


The RPS Gold Medal for outstanding musicianship has been awarded only 100 times since 1871.