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.


Dame Janet Baker CH DBE, legendary mezzo-soprano: awarded RPS Honorary Membership in 1987 and the RPS Gold Medal in 1990


In October 1970, Lutoslawski's Cello Concerto received its world premiere, having been commissioned by the RPS. The soloist was Rostropovich, who received our highest honour, the Gold Medal, the same year.