Who We Are

The Royal Philharmonic Society is for everyone who loves music and music-making - 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 ahead. Our membership is made up of both professional musicians and music lovers and our governing bodies reflect this.

The Board of Trustees is chaired by John Gilhooly OBE, Director of the Wigmore Hall.

The Trustees are assisted by the Council, an advisory body of RPS members who bring a wide range of musical and other professional expertise to the Society. All Trustees and Council members act in a voluntary capacity.

The day to day running of the RPS is conducted by a professional administration team led by Executive Director, Rosemary Johnson.


Graham Sheffield, Director of Arts, British Council: Nobody could ever have invented the RPS. I love it for the support it gives to musicians, and for its commitment to an inspiring future for music.


In the Beatles film Help, the Fab Four sing Beethoven's Ode to Joy from 'the famous 9th Symphony' (commissioned by the RPS) in order to tame an angry Bengal tiger. Of course everyone joins in...