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.


Daniel Barenboim, RPS Gold Medal 2007: Classical music will not survive unless we change our attitude and make it something that is essential to our lives. Join the RPS if you believe in the future of music.


From 1819 the Society’s home was the Harmonic Institution built by John Nash in Regents Street. The building was destroyed by fire in 1830 and is now the site of a NatWest Bank.