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 its 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, workshops designed to encourage more women to develop conducting skills, career development, and the chance to be mentored by an experienced, established performer. Read More


Without new music our art form will die. The creativity of living composers lies at the heart of the RPS. Today we support new music through commissioning new work, repeat performances, offering professional development training, 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 uphold the highest standards 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

Support our work and make a difference

“Classical music will not survive unless we change our attitude and make it something that is essential to our lives. Join the RPS if you believe in the future of music.”   Daniel Barenboim

For over 200 years, music lovers and professional musicians have believed in what we do and helped us build a future for classical music. If you too are philharmonic, please support us.

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

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Rosemary Nalden: British viola player and founder of Buskaid, who now directs the thriving stringed-instruments school in Soweto. Awarded RPS Honorary Membership in 2013.


An early member of the Society, who played in our first season in 1813, was the Afro-European violinist George Polgreen Bridgetower (1778-1860) – the original dedicatee of Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata.