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


Sally Groves, former Creative Director, Schott London: Schott first published Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. The RPS’s strong support for composers is definitely creating a future for music!


An early Philharmonic superstar was the virtuoso double bassist Domenico Dragonetti. He brought his dog Carlo to performances, and commanded higher fees than almost any other player.