In addition to its Board of Trustees, the Royal Philharmonic Society has a Council of eminent individuals who generously lend valued advice and support.

Lincoln Abbotts

Executive Director, Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

Anthony Bolton

Investment fund manager and successful investor, with a passion for new music and composing.

Iain Burnside

Pianist, broadcaster, programmer.

Helena Gaunt

Principal of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Former Vice Principal of Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Oboist and founder member of the Britten Sinfonia.

Jess Gillam

Saxophonist whose debut disc Rise topped the Official UK Classical Charts. Presenter of BBC Radio 3’s This Classical Life and BBC Proms TV coverage.

Dame Evelyn Glennie OBE

Internationally-renowned percussionist. Doubly Grammy Award-winner and BAFTA nominee who has commissioned over 200 compositions and recorded over 30 discs.

Helen Grime MBE

Composer and Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music. Has held residencies at the Wigmore Hall and Hallé; recent works include Woven Space for Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO.

Sally Groves MBE

Former Creative Director, Schott Music, with a lifelong, passionate commitment to new music.

Sam Jackson

Executive Vice President, Global Classics and Jazz, Universal Music. Former Senior Managing Editor of Classic FM. Best-selling writer. Governor of Trinity Laban. Trustee of the Young Classical Artists Trust.

Dr Leanne Langley

RPS Honorary Librarian. Cultural historian, writer and lecturer, with special interest in the history of the RPS.

Colin Matthews OBE

Composer. Founder and Executive Producer of NMC Records. Music Director of the Britten-Pears Foundation. Executive Administrator of the Holst Foundation.

Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE

Founder and Artistic Director of Chineke! - Britain's first majority Black and Minority Ethnic orchestra. Founder member of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Tom Service

Writer and broadcaster. Presenter of BBC Radio 3’s Music Matters and The Listening Service.

Janis Susskind OBE

Managing Director of Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd.

Atholl Swainston-Harrison

Chief Executive of the International Artist Managers’ Association.

The Royal Philharmonic Society is immensely grateful to Mary King, Colin Lawson CBE, David Long MBE, Laurie Watt and the late Arthur Searle who stepped down from the Council in 2019 following many years of devoted support in their respective roles.

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