Executive Director

Rosemary Johnson has been running the RPS since 1998. She has over 30 years experience in the arts and has a particular interest in new music, marketing and promotion. She has previously worked for English National Opera, the Society for the Promotion of New Music and Chester Music Publishers. 

Rosemary read music at Nottingham University and in 1992 she was a Winston Churchill Memorial Scholar, researching Composer Residency Schemes in the USA (where she met her husband!). She is a former Trustee of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, has served as an artistic advisor to the ENO Studio, and is currently a member of the Cheltenham Festival artistic advisory panel.  She also acts as a juror on panels for the PRS for Music Foundation and for the BASCA Composer Awards. She received a Classic FM Award for outstanding services to music in 2001.

Favourite performance memories include singing for Leonard Bernstein and for Claudio Abbado as a member of the London Symphony Chorus.

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OUR MEMBERS

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

DID YOU KNOW?

In 1824 the Philharmonic Society paid Beethoven 50 pounds to commission his 9th Symphony.