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.


José Antonio Abreu, founder of the revolutionary Venezeulan ' El Sistema' which educates the poorest children in musical schools around the country: awarded RPS Honorary Membership in 2008.


Queen Victoria attended a Philharmonic Society concert conducted by Mendelssohn in 1844.