Recognition for RPS Chief Executive
08 Jun 2018
Rosemary Johnson, Executive Director of the Royal Philharmonic Society, has been awarded an MBE for Services to Music in the Queen’s 2018 Birthday Honours List
Over the past two decades, Rosie Johnson has overseen the transformation of the RPS into a national organisation which helps set the agenda for classical music, plays a major role in the commissioning of new work and is an important supporter of emerging young professional musicians. She has also developed RPS Music Awards, into the most respected Awards for live classical performance in the country, embracing the whole profession from learning and participation to the highest regarded solo performers. Rosie will step down from her role with the RPS in July, after two decades with the Society.
RPS Chairman, John Gilhooly, comments: “Rosie Johnson has made an outstanding and pre-eminent contribution over 20 years to the Royal Philharmonic Society and to the musical life of the country.”
In recognition of this contribution, the RPS Apprentice Composer scheme at the Wigmore Hall will be renamed in her honour: The Rosie Johnson RPS/Wigmore Hall Composer Apprenticeship. The apprenticeship, which was launched in 2017, includes a commission for an emerging composer*, and opportunities to attend rehearsals and performances at Wigmore Hall, and to observe and take part in Learning workshops and events, as well as mentoring by the Wigmore Hall’s own Composer in Residence.
The Diphonon Duo will give the world premiere of The Wave-Bright Well, by the current Rosie Johnson RPS/Wigmore Hall Apprentice Composer, Edmund Hunt, on Tuesday 12 June (Wigmore Hall at 5.30pm)
Our warmest congratulations also go to Trustee Gillian Moore - director of Music at the Southbank Centre who received a CBE in the Birthday Honours List
9 June 2018
Ralph Kirshbaum, International Cello Soloist: For 40 years London has been a base for my concert and teaching activities, I endorse and support with gratitude the indispensable work of the RPS.
DID YOU KNOW?
In 2002 the Society sold its historic archive of papers, letters and musical manuscripts to the British Library, where it is now open to the public from all over the world.