Private Passions, Public Culture

2002 Royal Philharmonic Society Lecture - Michael Berkeley

Given on Sunday 6 October 2002 at the Royal Academy of Music, London

Being a Creative Artist in the 21st Century

Posing the question: is serious music being derailed? Michael Berkeley reflected on how attitudes to culture have changed over the past 50 years and offered a unique perspective on what it like to be a creative artist living in the 21st century.

Michael Berkeley reached some pretty devastating conclusions about the current cultural climate and, in his lecture, tried to suggest some ways forward.

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



Jennifer Bate, organist: My worldwide schedule includes recitals, concertos, recordings, masterclasses and composition. The RPS offers excellent opportunities to meet fellow professionals socially.


The RPS is over 200 years old, founded in 1813 ‘to promote the performance, in the most perfect manner possible, of the best and most approved instrumental music'.