Read the citations of the RPS Council on making recent presentations of Honorary Membership
STEPHEN HOUGH (2018)
"Stephen Hough is a concert pianist, internationally renowned for his virtuosic command of his instrument as well as the intelligence and insight of his beautifully crafted interpretations. He has appeared regularly on the major stages of the world as a recitalist, in concerti and in chamber music. His discography runs to more than 50 recordings and he has twice been awarded the coveted Gramophone recording of the year.
But Stephen is a man with many hats; and in 2009 was named by the Economist as one of "20 Living Polymaths”. It is a title which he justly deserves: – as well being a musician he is remarkable for being acclaimed as a fine composer, a painter, a teacher, and through his public writings. This year he published his first novel and many will have followed his cultural blog in the Daily Telegraph over many years to discover that as well as music, his interests range from theology and poetry, to hats and soap operas.
The impulse behind, and which links all this creativity, is his understanding of the complexities of life, and his continual questioning, and desire to explore the very essence, of what makes us all human" Read more
BARRIE GAVIN (2017)
“Barrie Gavin has spent a lifetime single-mindedly documenting the arts through film: above all classical music, with the composers of today as an overriding priority. The hallmarks of his work are the care and attention to detail which he invests in each and every subject, and his ability to demonstrate insightful authority and profound understanding, while always allowing the music to speak for itself. His close collaboration with composer Pierre Boulez lasted for 40 years, while his many documentaries on key figures in 20th century music - including Boulez himself, along with Stockhausen, and Berio - illuminate the art of composition as well as the historical, cultural and philosophical origins of the mainstream of 20th century art music. His other most fruitful collaborations have been with Simon Rattle, Gerard McBurney, and with German television, for whom he was responsible for more than 250 live broadcast performances. With his portraits of the leading composers of our time, too numerous to itemise, but including Toru Takemitsu, Harrison Birtwistle, Peter Maxwell Davies, Hans Werner Henze, Jonathan Harvey, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Colin Matthews and Oliver Knussen, he has created and continues to create an unprecedented legacy and treasure trove for musicians and curious listeners alike to discover.” Read more
GRAHAM VICK (2016)
“Graham Vick has single-handedly changed the way we think about opera. An opera director of worldwide renown, everything he does stems from a passionate belief that opera that has excellence and accessibility at its core, speaks to everyone. He has taken opera out of the opera house and revitalised the repertoire, creating productions that engage both operatic new comers and the most hardened devotees...The point of opera, he says, is “to spark a debate about the way you live your life, about the society you’re in, the way we relate to each other and the choices we make.” Read more
EVELYN GLENNIE (2015)
“Evelyn Glennie is the first person in western musical history to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist. She has fired the enthusiasm of audiences, engaged a whole new generation of performers, actively campaigns for music education and is constantly redefining our expectations of percussion. She has also demonstrated forcibly that it is possible with a serious hearing impairment to perform music at the highest possible level and in so doing she has given us a completely different understanding of how we listen.” Read more
MARIN ALSOP (2014)
“Marin Alsop is an inspiring and distinguished artist who is also a role model for the 21st century musician. She is as widely recognised for her imaginative programming as for her deep commitment to education and to the development of audiences of all ages.
As a Music Director, a position she currently holds in Baltimore and Sao Paolo, her energy and precision produce thrilling music making. She is a generous collaborator who creates a palpable sense of enjoyment and teamwork from her musicians and a warm and direct connection with her audiences.” Read more
MARTIN CAMPBELL-WHITE (2014)
"Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Andrew Davis, Daniel Harding, Edward Gardner, Robin Ticciati – a roll call of the internationally acclaimed British orchestral conductors of the last 40 years. All have been identified, nurtured, managed, advised and supported in their careers by Martin Campbell-White, and together they have helped forge the UK’s extraordinary reputation for producing musicians of world class.
If you add to that his many long term associations with artists such as Bernard Haitink, Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Murray Perahia, Robert Tear, John Lill, Julian Bream, it is clear that Martin has been at the forefront of international artist management for decades." Read more
Diana Burrell, composer and Artistic Director of the Harwich Festival, Essex: The RPS is such an important organisation - where would music be without it?
DID YOU KNOW?
An early Philharmonic superstar was the virtuoso double bassist Domenico Dragonetti. He brought his dog Carlo to performances, and commanded higher fees than almost any other player.