Chief Executive

The RPS, one of the most dynamic and prestigious music societies in the world, seeks a new Chief Executive to articulate a clear new vision for the Society in the 21st century, engaging with an inclusive, modern, multicultural society.

The RPS helps set the agenda for classical music, plays a major role in the commissioning of new work and supports young musicians. The RPS Music Awards are the most respected awards for live classical music in the UK. 

The Chief Executive will provide administrative and financial leadership towards the continued success of the Society. Experience in a similar role in the arts, with significant administrative, financial, fundraising, outreach and advocacy experience is essential. This is a unique opportunity for a proven arts administrator with the personality and creativity to help classical music form a united front, and make it enjoyed by the widest possible audience.

The new Chief Executive will be given the opportunity to proactively help shape a strategic plan for the RPS in the 21st Century, working alongside a committed Board of Trustees. The articulation of a clear purpose and an inclusive vision to a wider public will be key to the future success of the RPS. The Chief Executive, alongside the Chairman, is an external representative and spokesperson for RPS and will be its lead fundraiser. In recent years the RPS has been seen as an agenda setter in the classical music industry and community. The Chief Executive must be able to command the respect of key industry decision makers and influencers, and have the ability to advocate at the highest possible level.

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Closing date: 3 January 2018, 5pm


Armand Diangienda, RPS Honorary Member and former pilot who founded a symphony orchestra in one of the poorest cities on earth; Kinshasa, DR of the Congo.


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.