John Nash, Regent Street and the Philharmonic Society of London
The grand vision of the Philharmonic's Founders
Partnering with the Regency architect John Nash to erect the first purpose-built orchestral concert hall in Britain – the Argyll Rooms, Regent Street – entrepreneurial members of the Philharmonic Society invested in prime real estate for an even grander vision: to create an all-embracing national music institution akin to the Royal Academy of Arts, exhibiting top performances, stimulating new works, fostering research, publishing music and training young players.
Read Dr Leanne Langley's article in the British Library Electronic Journal
Andrew Keener, independent recording producer: The world would be poorer without live musicmaking. More power to the RPS's essential support of a vital artform.
DID YOU KNOW?
The RPS sent Beethoven £100 in 1827 to help comfort him when he was ill and much in need of money.