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 Fanny Waterman DBE, pianist, teacher and founder of the Leeds Piano Competition: awarded RPS Honorary Membership in 2011.


An early member of the Society, who played in our first season in 1813, was the Afro-European violinist George Polgreen Bridgetower (1778-1860) – the original dedicatee of Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata.