Celebrate 200 years of concerts

05 Feb 2013

Friday 8 March 2013 marks the anniversary of the very first concert given by the Philharmonic Society.

If you'd like to find out more about the RPS join RPS members at the Queen Elizabeth Hall to celebrate this 200 year milestone.

The OAE and Marin Alsop will give a dramatic programme of arias and instrumental music - including Schumann's Symphony No 2 - just one of the major repertoire pieces that was first heard in the the UK thanks to the Philharmonic concerts.

The famous RPS Beethoven Bust will, of course, be in attendance and there's also a lively preconcert discussion scheduled between pianist David Owen Norris, social historian Dr Leanne Langley, and Ian Taylor, author of Music in London and the Myth of Decline, who will examine what concert life was like two hundred years ago. And to get us all in a celebratory mood we've also organised a drinks reception.

Tickets for the concert are going fast but we have a limited number available at a special discount. Ticket price includes the pre-concert talk and drinks. Book now to ensure your seat.

Full details and book your tickets online

OUR MEMBERS

Paul Hughes, General Manager, BBC Symphony Orchestra: Since 1979 when I won the RPS composition prize this amazing organisation has been part of my life, placing music at the heart of modern life.

DID YOU KNOW?

During World War 2, when the BBCSO was evacuated to Bristol, the RPS stepped in to ensure that the 1940 Proms season would go ahead.