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


Kathryn McDowell, Director, LSO: The RPS has been a meeting point for musicians, composers and audiences for 200 years and remains a passionate advocate for music today.


The RPS is over 200 years old, founded in 1813 ‘to promote the performance, in the most perfect manner possible, of the best and most approved instrumental music'.