Which Future For Music?

02 Dec 2013

On Sunday 8 December, the RPS joins forces with London Sinfonietta and the Rest is Noise Festival to present a day of events looking at the future of classical music.

At the end of our 200th year join us for The New Music Show - a day of stimulating debate and performance examining the future of music at London's Southbank Centre:

At 12pm, music critic and curator Igor Toronyi-Lalic is joined by Andrew Burke, Zoe Martlew, John Chantler and Paul Morley for a discussion looking at the current state of the performance of classical contemporary music. Read more.

Throughout the day, London Sinfonietta perform four sets of new music, including world and UK premieres. Read more.

In the second talk of the day at 3.30pm, composer George Benjamin and writer Tom Service discuss the future of classical composition. Read more.

Full information about the New Music Show


José Antonio Abreu, founder of the revolutionary Venezeulan ' El Sistema' which educates the poorest children in musical schools around the country: awarded RPS Honorary Membership in 2008.


The early directors and concert conductors were given tickets made of ivory to gain them admission to Philharmonic Society performances.