Award for RPS Chairman

15 Jun 2013

John Gilhooly awarded OBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours

John Gilhooly (39) Chairman of the Royal Philharmonic Society and Director of Wigmore Hall, has been awarded an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, for his services to music.

Rosemary Johnson, Executive Director of the Royal Philharmonic Society said: 

“We warmly congratulate John on this deserved award.  As Chairman of the Royal Philharmonic Society since 2010, John has led the Society through a period of the most positive development both artistically from the classical music profession both at home and internationally.”

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15 June 2013


Armand Diangienda, RPS Honorary Member and former pilot who founded a symphony orchestra in one of the poorest cities on earth; Kinshasa, DR of the Congo.


In 2002 the Society sold its historic archive of papers, letters and musical manuscripts to the British Library, where it is now open to the public from all over the world.