15 August 2013
“It was an enormous honour for me and I enjoyed every second. As a former RPS young artist, it was lovely to reaffirm the link with the RPS, and I’m thrilled it was so well received as a concert. It was wonderful to work with such talented and enthusiastic young people, though they made me feel my age!!! … I feel very lucky to have been involved in such a huge occasion.”
Jennifer Johnston, mezzo soprano, on performing Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at the BBC Proms (RPS’s 200th birthday Prom) on Sunday 11 August 2013.
Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Managing Director, Barbican Centre: The Royal Philharmonic Society has been a revolutionary force for good in my musical life.
DID YOU KNOW?
In the Beatles film Help, the Fab Four sing Beethoven's Ode to Joy from 'the famous 9th Symphony' (commissioned by the RPS) in order to tame an angry Bengal tiger. Of course everyone joins in...