New Honorary Secretary

25 Mar 2016

We're delighted that, at the recent AGM, Louise Mitchell of Colston Hall has been elected RPS Honorary Secretary - and very much look forward to working with her more closely.

She described the appointment as an ‘honour’, adding: ‘It will be a privilege to take this new role with the Royal Philharmonic Society to help promote and shape the future of classical music and develop budding talent.’ Mitchell, who has been a trustee of the RPS since 2009, was appointed in 2011 as chief executive of the Bristol Music Trust (an independent charitable trust responsible for the management of Colston Hall). Previous roles include director of Glasgow UNESCO City of Music and head of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

26 March 2016


Joseph Straker, double bassist studying at the Guildhall School: likes classical, jazz and salsa and the RPS Sir John Barbirolli Foundation which helped buy his new bass.


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.