Who We Are

The Royal Philharmonic Society is for people who love music - whether you listen to it, perform it, compose it, study it, explore it, or simply cherish it. We believe that classical music enriches all our lives and we work together to ensure it has a vibrant future ahead. Our membership comprises music lovers across the UK and internationally, as well as amateur and professional musicians. Those who govern and run the organisation each lead lives committed to music too.

Our Board of Trustees brings an outstanding range of musical and other professional expertise to governing the Society, and is chaired by John Gilhooly OBE, Director of the Wigmore Hall.

We are also fortunate to have a Council of eminent individuals who generously lend valued advice and support. All Trustees and Council members act in a voluntary capacity.

Day to day, the RPS is run by a small, hardworking team led by Chief Executive, James Murphy.

If you have any enquiries about the Royal Philharmonic Society, you are warmly welcome to contact us.


David Lowe, Music Lover: I'm always pleased to hear about the work done by the RPS to assist young performers and composers. They are indeed the future of music.


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'.