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.


Colin Lawson, Director of the Royal College of Music: The dynamic cultural advocacy of the RPS makes an incalculable contribution to British musical life.


The cost of a bassoon for a young player starting their professional training is about £15,000. The RPS John Barbirolli Fund offers much needed financial assistance with instrument purchase.