Why We Need Your Support

“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

Since 1813, when a small group of musicians first met together at Henry Dance’s house in Manchester Street to for the Philharmonic Society, we’ve been standing up for the finest classical music.

In the last decade alone our activity has been extraordinary. We’ve helped nearly 200 young musicians buy new instruments; we’ve commissioned well over 60 new pieces of music; we’ve made partnerships with orchestras, concert halls, broadcasting companies as well as universities and medical research departments; and we have also been providing high profile platforms for cultural leaders, and ensuring that important musical issues are kept in the public eye.

But there’s room for us to do so much more! There is an overwhelming need for financial support for young talented musicians who struggle with the increasing costs of study and instruments, and we’re barely scratching the surface. Newly commissioned music needs time and promotion so that it doesn’t vanish the day after the première, and - despite everyone’s efforts - the Arts still need a strong voice in today’s competitive world.

After more than 200 years of sometimes turbulent history the RPS is, to quote The Times, "still the beating heart and conscience of British musical life'", but our work cannot continue without your help...

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The Philharmonic Society was founded by professional musicians in 1813 to perform publicly ‘in the most perfect manner possible, the best and most approved music'.