With significant changes at the top of the world's leading orchestras on the horizon, there is a timely opportunity to hear from Alan Gilbert, Music Director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, who gives this year’s prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Lecture, entitled ‘Orchestras in the 21st Century; a new paradigm’.
In a provocative and lively call to arms, Alan Gilbert will set out his challenge to orchestras and musicians on their role in the 21st century. Gilbert will argue that in order to be truly successful, leadership can’t just come from the top down. He comments:
“Of course vision and leadership are important, but a crucial ingredient for success is the extent to which musicians are able to rethink their role beyond the concert hall stage. What is needed is nothing less than new definition of what it means to be a musician.”
The RPS Lecture provides a distinguished platform for leading practitioners and thinkers to discuss the future of classical music. Recent speakers have included Roger Wright, Director of the BBC Proms and Controller of BBC Radio 3, Master of the Queen’s Music, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, neuroscientist Susan Greenfield, composer Steve Reich and music journalist and writer, Alex Ross.
The first native New Yorker to hold the post of Music Director at the New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert has been praised for ‘helping to change the template for what an American orchestra can be’ – (New York Times). This will be his first lecture outside America, and continues a relationship forged between the New York Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic Society during the RPS Bicentenary in 2013.