A new poem by Carol Ann Duffy

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy celebrated the Royal Philharmonic Society Bicentenary with a new poem, Philharmonic. 

The poem is part of our Notes Into Letters programme, which unites the worlds of music and words through creative projects with some of the UK’s leading writers and poets, and the next generation of writing talent.

It comes at the end of a year of concerts, exhibitions and talks marking 200 years since the founding of the RPS, and celebrating the Society's ongoing support for composers, musicians and live music-making.

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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'.