Sofia Gubaidulina (right) with fellow Gold Medal winner Dame Janet Baker at the RPS Awards


We are fortunate to live in a time when so much music is accessible online: endless treasures to plunder. But where to start?

Let us help you chart a path with regular RPS playlists, compiled specially for Members. These may be guest-curated by great musicians, or shine a light on a particular composer, performer or facet of musical history.

For now, we present two playlists intended to showcase a range of jewels by two composers the RPS has recently celebrated: the powerful Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina whom we presented the coveted RPS Gold Medal, and the much-loved composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim who received RPS Honorary Membership in 2019.

You'll need to download Spotify to hear the tracks: it's free with occasional adverts, or £10 a month without. It puts an extraordinary array of classical recordings right at your fingertips.