Carol Ann Duffy celebrates RPS Bicentenary with new poem

13 Dec 2013

"a place in endless air for perfect art"

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy has written a new poem, Philharmonic, to mark the Bicentenary of the RPS, which has championed composers and live music making through 200 years. 

The poem is part of our Notes Into Letters programme, which unites the worlds of music and words through creative projects with some of the UK’s leading writers and poets, and the next generation of writing talent. Read it here.


Emily Hoile, harpist: studied at the Juilliard School in New York thanks to funding from the RPS Julius Isserlis Scholarship.


Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, commissioned by the Society in 1825, is still the most requested work on the BBC's Desert Island Discs.