philharmonic: adj. devoted to music; music-loving
“The Royal Philharmonic Society supports the culture, the understanding and the imagination behind live music making. If you love classical music and believe it its future you should, without question, join us.” Sir Mark Elder
Since 1813 the RPS has been at the heart of music: supporting and promoting young performers and composers, reaching out to and encouraging audiences, and championing excellence in every area of musical life.
And 200 years of sometimes turbulent history later – the RPS unites the music profession and its audiences and is, to quote The Times, – still the beating heart and conscience of British musical life.
Our vision for music is ambitious but even a small regular donation will make a difference. By joining the RPS today you’ll be helping to support both the future of music and our vital work. Membership starts at just £3 a month.
Don't just take our word for it! Find out what musicians have to say about us …
Graham Johnson, pianist: awarded RPS Honorary Membership in 2010 for his 'unstinting championship of Song'.
DID YOU KNOW?
In October 1970, Lutoslawski's Cello Concerto received its world premiere, having been commissioned by the RPS. The soloist was Rostropovich, who received our highest honour, the Gold Medal, the same year.