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.


Lincoln Abbotts, ABRSM: The RPS is a fantastic, entrepreneurial force with which I am proud to be associated. What clearer ambition can there be than to create a future for music?


The Philharmonic Society was founded by professional musicians in 1813 to perform publicly ‘in the most perfect manner possible, the best and most approved music'.