What We Do

The Royal Philharmonic Society is for everyone who loves music - whether you perform it, listen to it, study it, read about it, watch it, write about it or talk about it. We believe that classical music enriches all our lives and we work together to ensure it has a vibrant future.

Our exceptional history of music-making stretches back over two hundred years and we have direct links from Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Wagner and many of the iconic figures of classical music to today's greatest musicians.


There will be no future without the next generation. Classical music requires long and expensive training. The RPS Young Musicians Programme offers a rare depth of support and commitment to performers at the start of their careers. By really understanding what they need, we can offer the right help, when they need it most.The RPS offers a range of opportunities including much needed funding to buy instruments, teaching tailored to individual needs, performance opportunities, Women Conductors workshops designed to encourage more women to be conductors, career development, and the chance to be mentored by an experienced, established performer. Read More


The creativity of living composers lies at the heart of the RPS. Today we support new music through commissioning new work, repeat performances, workshops, residency schemes and by encouraging interaction between composers and audiences. Read more


Explore, listen and join the debate! Whether you are a regular listener or just beginning to explore classical music, we want to encourage and stimulate you to listen more and engage in discussion. The RPS is a voice for music - putting music at the centre of cultural life. Read more


We set the standard and let the world know about the very finest classical music-making. From our historic Gold Medal to the annual RPS Music Awards for live music, recognition by the RPS is a guarantee of outstanding musical achievement. Read more

The Royal Philharmonic Society is a registered UK Charity no. 213693

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Dame Fanny Waterman DBE, pianist, teacher and founder of the Leeds Piano Competition: awarded RPS Honorary Membership in 2011.


Queen Victoria attended a Philharmonic Society concert conducted by Mendelssohn in 1844.