Nicky's big speech for the RPS

08 Nov 2019

This month, we welcomed one of the nation’s favourite musicians to revive the Society’s longstanding tradition of newsworthy speeches.

Nicola Benedetti CBE has always dedicated herself to inspiring young people to make music. As she establishes a new foundation to empower more young people nationwide, her speech movingly reflects on her own musical experience and shares her convictions for why music education is fundamental to our future.

The speech – lasting 40 minutes – is now available for RPS Members to watch in our Members Area online. If you’d like to find out more about becoming an RPS Member and all the benefits in brings, like being the first to book for events like Nicky’s speech, you can find out more here.

We are pleased to say the speech is available for the public to watch for a limited time on the Classic FM website. A written extract of it is also available to read on The Guardian website.

Nicola has kindly promised to give us a full written transcript of the speech that we will also place on our own website soon too.

We hope you’ll be inspired by all that she has to say.


Ricardo Castro: International pianist who established a flourishing youth music programme in Bahià, Brazil. Awarded RPS Honorary Membership in 2013.


Bex Burch was able to spend a year in Ghana studying the gyil - an African xylophone - with Thomas Sekgura, a master musician thanks to funding from the RPS Isserlis Scholarship.