RPS is Moving

16 Oct 2014

All change as the RPS makes a new partnership with Schott

The Royal Philharmonic Society is leaving Stratford Place, W1, its home for the past 33 years, and heading down the road to Great Marlborough Street to take up residence on the second floor of the Schott Music building. The new office will open on 27 October 2014 – full contact details are listed below.

Schott and the RPS enjoy an historic link: Schott was the first publisher of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, which was commissioned by the Society. The new office is also close to the Philharmonic Society’s original home in Argyll Street (1813-1830) where the first UK performance of Beethoven’s symphony took place (today marked by a Westminster City Council Green Plaque). To mark the new partnership between Schott and the RPS, the Society’s 19th century Schaller bust of Beethoven will take pride of place, looking over the atrium in Great Marlborough Street. The building also contains a performance space, practice rooms and an on-site music shop.

Our new contact details

Royal Philharmonic Society
48 Great Marlborough Street

Phone: +44 (0) 20 7287 0019
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7439 8358

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Rosemary Johnson comments:
“Both the RPS and Schott Music have a long history of working with living composers; the RPS dating back to 1813, and Schott to 1770. We’re excited to be opening a new musical chapter in partnership with Schott Music, and to be part of a building with music at its heart and at the heart of music, well known to composers and musicians. We look forward to welcoming old and new friends to the second floor over the coming months.”

Judith Webb, Managing Director of Schott Music Ltd, comments:
"We are delighted to welcome the Royal Philharmonic Society to our famous house of music in London's West End. Schott Music and the RPS already share a passion for classical music and for supporting composers and performers. We now look forward to sharing our listed building. We are sure Beethoven would approve of the view! 48 Great Marlborough Street has long been at the heart of all that is excellent in classical music. From here we have published the Music of Our Time, together with a large catalogue of works for music education. Our roster of composers and long list of exciting publications continues to grow in the 21st century. For more information, check our international publishing website: www.schott-music.com or our London retail site: www.schott-music.co.uk"

Read the full press release

16 October 2014


Jennifer Bate, organist: My worldwide schedule includes recitals, concertos, recordings, masterclasses and composition. The RPS offers excellent opportunities to meet fellow professionals socially.


The Philharmonic Society received its Royal title in 1912 and enjoys the immediate patronage of Her Majesty The Queen.