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Join us if you love music The RPS is a collective of people who have come to music in different ways – professionally, academically, or simply because it’s their greatest pleasure. All our work depends upon the generosity of our members, friends and supporters. Even if you can give just a few pounds a month, together we can change musicians’ lives. Please visit www.philharmonicsociety.uk/join Hear what some of our members have to say about us… “The RPS has been a meeting point for musicians, composers and audiences for 200 years and remains a passionate advocate for music today.” Kathryn McDowell, London Symphony Orchestra “The Royal Philharmonic Society supports the culture, the understanding and the imagination behind live music making. If you love classical music and believe in its future you should, without question, join us.” Sir Mark Elder CBE “Support from the RPS provides a fantastic springboard for any young musician seeking to make their mark in the profession. The RPS has really helped me through the transition from student to freelancer.” Imogen Hancock, RPS Young Musician (2015 Julius Isserlis scholar)

GET IN TOUCH Administration Executive Director Rosemary Johnson Development Consultant Alison Pavier Development Manager Laura Bloomfield (Maternity Leave) Artistic and Development Manager Robin Sheffield Administrative Assistant Catherine Porteus Press Consultant Sophie Cohen

admin@philharmonicsociety.uk +44 (0)20 7287 0019 Find royalphilsoc on:

Reg. UK Charity 213693

Royal Philharmonic Society 48 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7BB

www.philharmonicsociety.uk

Gold Medal Members Martha Argerich Janet Baker Daniel Barenboim Alfred Brendel Plácido Domingo Bernard Haitink György Kurtág Antonio Pappano Thomas Quasthoff Simon Rattle András Schiff John Tomlinson Mitsuko Uchida

RPS Trustees Chairman John Gilhooly OBE* Hon Secretary Louise Mitchell* Hon Treasurer Anthony Newhouse Edward Blakeman* Jerome Booth Sir Vernon Ellis Johnny Langridge* Kingsley Manning Gillian Moore MBE* RPS Premier Corporate Members Chandos Records RPS Corporate Members Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Association of British Orchestras Hyperion Records Incorporated Society of Musicians International Artist Managers’ Association Kings Place NMC Recordings Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Royal Scottish National Orchestra *

Professional Member

“We need organisations like the RPS to remind us that young artists take time to develop and that composers require opportunities for their voices to be heard. Great artists never stop learning, and great musicians never stop listening.” Alfred Brendel, RPS Gold Medallist

PHILHARMONIC Update 2017


Welcome

Thank you for your support

Music is about joy, and profundity, and understanding – and it’s for you! This was the message from the Royal Philharmonic Society at this year’s RPS Music Awards and nowhere is it more strongly reflected than in the work of the astonishing array of musicians we have supported during the last year. From the talented teenagers in our two new prizes for under 18s, to the mature genius of our gold medal winners; in our 16 newly commissioned composers, or in the young women taking their first steps on the podium in our Women Conductors programme. Together they help us celebrate all the individual components that go to make a vibrant future for music. All of this is only possible because of the support of our members and donors - thank you all so much for the help you give us every year. Great music helps us look outwards, to make sense of the world around us, and articulate our thoughts and lives. It’s way too important to keep to ourselves. So please, do continue to share our passion for classical music with your friends, communities and audiences. Together we will make the future ‘philharmonic’.

Rosemary Johnson Executive Director

John Gilhooly Chairman

OBE

We are extremely grateful to everyone who has donated their time and money to the RPS over the last year. To our members, major donors, project partners, friends and colleagues, thank you all for your ongoing support. Your generosity means we can continue to invest in the future of classical music year after year. We are especially grateful to everyone who supported our RPS Music Awards Appeal (May 2016), which raised over £23,000. This has been a significant help in funding our work, particularly in supporting young performers and composers this year. Thank you. Supporters Edward Blakeman Jerome Booth Colin Clark John Gilhooly OBE Larissa Joy Joseph & Jill Karaviotis James Loughran CBE Louise Mitchell Pamela Bullock & Antonio Pappano Simon & Victoria Robey Janis Susskind Anonymous donors ABRSM BBC Music Magazine BBC Radio 3 The Boltini Trust Boosey & Hawkes Britten-Pears Foundation David Cock Foundation The Delius Trust Duet Group Vernon Ellis Foundation Albert & Eugenie Frost Music Trust Garrick Charitable Trust Kathleen Hannay Memorial Charity The Derek Hill Foundation Kowitz Family Foundation Lark Insurance

Presteigne Festival (Alan Horne Memorial Fund) Schott Music Ernst von Siemens Foundation The Stradivari Trust Strecker-Stiftung The Michael Tippett Musical Foundation Garfield Weston Foundation The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation Yellow Car Charitable Trust

Project Partners Association of British Orchestras BBC Radio 3 Cheltenham Music Festival City Music Society Classic FM Duet Group Philharmonia Orchestra Presteigne Festival Young Classical Artists Trust

Wigmore Hall for support in-kind throughout the year

“Thanks to the RPS, I was able to purchase a guitar that suits every aspect of my playing. My confidence has increased massively, knowing that my new instrument is more than capable of standing up to the mark.”

Alexandra Whittingham, 2016 Instrument Purchase Grant recipient (classical guitar)


Welcome

Thank you for your support

Music is about joy, and profundity, and understanding – and it’s for you! This was the message from the Royal Philharmonic Society at this year’s RPS Music Awards and nowhere is it more strongly reflected than in the work of the astonishing array of musicians we have supported during the last year. From the talented teenagers in our two new prizes for under 18s, to the mature genius of our gold medal winners; in our 16 newly commissioned composers, or in the young women taking their first steps on the podium in our Women Conductors programme. Together they help us celebrate all the individual components that go to make a vibrant future for music. All of this is only possible because of the support of our members and donors - thank you all so much for the help you give us every year. Great music helps us look outwards, to make sense of the world around us, and articulate our thoughts and lives. It’s way too important to keep to ourselves. So please, do continue to share our passion for classical music with your friends, communities and audiences. Together we will make the future ‘philharmonic’.

Rosemary Johnson Executive Director

John Gilhooly Chairman

OBE

We are extremely grateful to everyone who has donated their time and money to the RPS over the last year. To our members, major donors, project partners, friends and colleagues, thank you all for your ongoing support. Your generosity means we can continue to invest in the future of classical music year after year. We are especially grateful to everyone who supported our RPS Music Awards Appeal (May 2016), which raised over £23,000. This has been a significant help in funding our work, particularly in supporting young performers and composers this year. Thank you. Supporters Edward Blakeman Jerome Booth Colin Clark John Gilhooly OBE Larissa Joy Joseph & Jill Karaviotis James Loughran CBE Louise Mitchell Pamela Bullock & Antonio Pappano Simon & Victoria Robey Janis Susskind Anonymous donors ABRSM BBC Music Magazine BBC Radio 3 The Boltini Trust Boosey & Hawkes Britten-Pears Foundation David Cock Foundation The Delius Trust Duet Group Vernon Ellis Foundation Albert & Eugenie Frost Music Trust Garrick Charitable Trust Kathleen Hannay Memorial Charity The Derek Hill Foundation Kowitz Family Foundation Lark Insurance

Presteigne Festival (Alan Horne Memorial Fund) Schott Music Ernst von Siemens Foundation The Stradivari Trust Strecker-Stiftung The Michael Tippett Musical Foundation Garfield Weston Foundation The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation Yellow Car Charitable Trust

Project Partners Association of British Orchestras BBC Radio 3 Cheltenham Music Festival City Music Society Classic FM Duet Group Philharmonia Orchestra Presteigne Festival Young Classical Artists Trust

Wigmore Hall for support in-kind throughout the year

“Thanks to the RPS, I was able to purchase a guitar that suits every aspect of my playing. My confidence has increased massively, knowing that my new instrument is more than capable of standing up to the mark.”

Alexandra Whittingham, 2016 Instrument Purchase Grant recipient (classical guitar)


Young Musicians Programme As well as much needed direct financial support, the RPS’s Young Musicians Programme continues to provide invaluable expert guidance, mentoring, performing opportunities and professional development to the outstanding talent of the next generation. Funding towards instrument purchase Every musician needs to have access to the tools of their trade, and for students on very tight budgets owning an instrument of the appropriate quality – and sometimes even owning one at all – is all too often impossible. The RPS gives Instrument Purchase Grants, not loans, to talented, young musicians to allow them to fulfil their potential. This year, the awards panel decided to make awards totalling £22,500 to 17 music students from nine conservatoires nationwide. Instruments include a violin, tenor horn, French horn, double bass, guitar, alto and tenor sackbut, two bassoons, cello, soprano saxophone, drum kit, snare drum, Eb clarinet, flute headjoint and cello bow. Encouraging the next generation Last year the RPS announced its plans to begin reaching out to school-age children for the first time through ‘Ensemble Philharmonic’, in partnership with Duet Group, which aims to help music teachers and their pupils to find out more about the wide and varied world of classical music. As part of this project, we launched two new prizes for outstanding young instrumentalists and composers open to musicians aged 18 and under. In May 2016 16-year-

old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and 18-year-old composer Freya Ireland were chosen as the winners of the RPS Duet Prize for Young Instrumentalists, and the RPS Duet Prize for Young Composers. Each received £1,500 to assist with their development as well as a public recital/commission at a national music festival. Performance opportunities for RPS Young Musicians Every year we relish the opportunity to showcase a selection of young musicians who have received our support, by inviting them to perform at one of our annual recitals. Our most recent RPS Young Musicians Recital included performances from current RPS Julius Isserlis Scholars, trumpeter Imogen Hancock and violinist Krist ne Balanas; winners of the 2016 RPS Albert and Eugenie Frost Music Prize, the Castalian Quartet; and winner of the 2016 Chilcott Award, soprano Soraya Mafi. RPS Young Musicians are also invited to perform as part of City Music Society’s annual lunchtime recital programme.

Alasdair Morton-Teng cello Alexandra Whittingham classical guitar Anna Huntley mezzo soprano Ashley Nayler trombone Ben Manning double bass Benjamin Quinlan bassoon Castalian String Quartet Chloe Buttery saxophone Clare Hammond piano Darren Bloom composer Donghoon Shin composer Eliza Carew cello Freya Ireland composer Gareth Moorcraft composer Gregory Crowley bassoon Harry Lovell-Jones percussion Hugh Padmore percussion

Focus On: Women Conductors In 2016 the RPS announced a new partnership with Women Conductors, the internationally award-winning programme of conducting workshops designed to support and encourage women to be conductors of classical music. When Marin Alsop became the first woman to conduct the Last Night of the Proms in 2013, she stepped up to a podium festooned with pink balloons and a banner proclaiming ‘IT’S A GIRL!’ Despite equal numbers of boys and girls learning to play an instrument at school and taking exams, male musicians continue to take the lead in classical music’s top roles, as composers, principals and particularly as conductors. Bachtrack’s 2014 survey found only five women in a list of the 150 top conductors in the world, and currently Mirga Gražinyte· -Tyla is the only female Music Director of a professional British orchestra (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra). Women Conductors was established in 2014 by leading British conductors Alice Farnham and Andrea Brown as a constructive response to the debate that followed Marin Alsop’s appearance at the Proms. They recognised that the barriers to women conducting were more than a lack of technical skills and

experience; leading an orchestra requires authority that also comes from physical presence. They deliberately prepared a learning programme that combined mastery of the art-form and musical interpretation with body language and confidence building, all taught in a female only environment that encouraged students to be less cautious. The workshops attract students who have never considered conducting and want to give it a try, as well as those who have some conducting experience, or wish to supplement their careers by adding conducting to their skillset. There are two phases; one for young women aged 16-25 and the other for music professionals and music teachers aged 19+ with no upper age limit. Each weekend workshop runs from a variety of UK venues and is led by an experienced conductor focusing on one part of the musical repertoire. Following a successful pilot, Women Conductors moved under the umbrella of the RPS in September 2016.

“Women Conductors occupies a unique position in the world of music education in the UK at present. The programme is still at a fledgling stage but the possibilities for growth are far-reaching in providing a forum for young women both on and off the podium.” Marion Friend, Arts Consultant


Young Musicians Programme As well as much needed direct financial support, the RPS’s Young Musicians Programme continues to provide invaluable expert guidance, mentoring, performing opportunities and professional development to the outstanding talent of the next generation. Funding towards instrument purchase Every musician needs to have access to the tools of their trade, and for students on very tight budgets owning an instrument of the appropriate quality – and sometimes even owning one at all – is all too often impossible. The RPS gives Instrument Purchase Grants, not loans, to talented, young musicians to allow them to fulfil their potential. This year, the awards panel decided to make awards totalling £22,500 to 17 music students from nine conservatoires nationwide. Instruments include a violin, tenor horn, French horn, double bass, guitar, alto and tenor sackbut, two bassoons, cello, soprano saxophone, drum kit, snare drum, Eb clarinet, flute headjoint and cello bow. Encouraging the next generation Last year the RPS announced its plans to begin reaching out to school-age children for the first time through ‘Ensemble Philharmonic’, in partnership with Duet Group, which aims to help music teachers and their pupils to find out more about the wide and varied world of classical music. As part of this project, we launched two new prizes for outstanding young instrumentalists and composers open to musicians aged 18 and under. In May 2016 16-year-

old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and 18-year-old composer Freya Ireland were chosen as the winners of the RPS Duet Prize for Young Instrumentalists, and the RPS Duet Prize for Young Composers. Each received £1,500 to assist with their development as well as a public recital/commission at a national music festival. Performance opportunities for RPS Young Musicians Every year we relish the opportunity to showcase a selection of young musicians who have received our support, by inviting them to perform at one of our annual recitals. Our most recent RPS Young Musicians Recital included performances from current RPS Julius Isserlis Scholars, trumpeter Imogen Hancock and violinist Krist ne Balanas; winners of the 2016 RPS Albert and Eugenie Frost Music Prize, the Castalian Quartet; and winner of the 2016 Chilcott Award, soprano Soraya Mafi. RPS Young Musicians are also invited to perform as part of City Music Society’s annual lunchtime recital programme.

Alasdair Morton-Teng cello Alexandra Whittingham classical guitar Anna Huntley mezzo soprano Ashley Nayler trombone Ben Manning double bass Benjamin Quinlan bassoon Castalian String Quartet Chloe Buttery saxophone Clare Hammond piano Darren Bloom composer Donghoon Shin composer Eliza Carew cello Freya Ireland composer Gareth Moorcraft composer Gregory Crowley bassoon Harry Lovell-Jones percussion Hugh Padmore percussion

Focus On: Women Conductors In 2016 the RPS announced a new partnership with Women Conductors, the internationally award-winning programme of conducting workshops designed to support and encourage women to be conductors of classical music. When Marin Alsop became the first woman to conduct the Last Night of the Proms in 2013, she stepped up to a podium festooned with pink balloons and a banner proclaiming ‘IT’S A GIRL!’ Despite equal numbers of boys and girls learning to play an instrument at school and taking exams, male musicians continue to take the lead in classical music’s top roles, as composers, principals and particularly as conductors. Bachtrack’s 2014 survey found only five women in a list of the 150 top conductors in the world, and currently Mirga Gražinyte· -Tyla is the only female Music Director of a professional British orchestra (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra). Women Conductors was established in 2014 by leading British conductors Alice Farnham and Andrea Brown as a constructive response to the debate that followed Marin Alsop’s appearance at the Proms. They recognised that the barriers to women conducting were more than a lack of technical skills and

experience; leading an orchestra requires authority that also comes from physical presence. They deliberately prepared a learning programme that combined mastery of the art-form and musical interpretation with body language and confidence building, all taught in a female only environment that encouraged students to be less cautious. The workshops attract students who have never considered conducting and want to give it a try, as well as those who have some conducting experience, or wish to supplement their careers by adding conducting to their skillset. There are two phases; one for young women aged 16-25 and the other for music professionals and music teachers aged 19+ with no upper age limit. Each weekend workshop runs from a variety of UK venues and is led by an experienced conductor focusing on one part of the musical repertoire. Following a successful pilot, Women Conductors moved under the umbrella of the RPS in September 2016.

“Women Conductors occupies a unique position in the world of music education in the UK at present. The programme is still at a fledgling stage but the possibilities for growth are far-reaching in providing a forum for young women both on and off the podium.” Marion Friend, Arts Consultant


Awards The RPS celebrates the highest possible standards of excellence in all aspects of musicianship. Over the last 12 months the following awards were made… RPS Gold Medal  This is the Society’s highest honour, awarded for the most outstanding musicianship. In November 2015, Martha Argerich - one of the most “compelling and expressive pianists” - was presented with the Gold Medal at Wigmore Hall by RPS Chairman, John Gilhooly OBE. Peter Maxwell Davies, who has “redefined what it means to be a composer and inspired new generations of musicians”, received the Gold Medal from RPS Council Member, Sally Groves MBE, in February 2016 at his home in Orkney just weeks before his death. They both join a distinguished list of recipients including Brahms, Elgar, Kathleen Ferrier, Bernstein and Mitsuko Uchida. RPS Honorary Membership  Awarded in recognition of services to music, the most recent recipient of this honour is Graham Vick, Director of Birmingham Opera. The presentation was made at the RPS Music Awards in May 2016 where, as the keynote speaker, he also gave a challenging speech on diversity and inclusivity. In its citation, the RPS recognised Graham as having “single-handedly changed the way we think about opera.” The citation continued… “He has taken opera out of the opera house and revitalised the repertoire, creating productions that engage both operatic newcomers and the most hardened devotees.” Graham Vick becomes the 139th recipient since the first Honorary Membership was made to Carl Maria von Weber in 1826. Salomon Prize  Graham Hall, long-standing timpanist of Sinfonia Viva, became the fifth recipient of the RPS/ABO Salomon Prize. The prize celebrates orchestral players, the unsung heroes who make our orchestras great. The citation for the award explained that Graham’s “hugely dedicated service has extended way beyond his performing career... He is a highly skilled arranger ... he has worked tirelessly for the betterment of the orchestra... and has always been a passionate advocate for the orchestra’s extensive outreach work.” RPS Music Awards  In May 2016 the RPS Music Awards, presented in association with BBC Radio 3, were awarded across 13 categories marking outstanding musical achievement in 2015. Winners included Sakari Oramo (Conductor), Daniil Trifonov (Instrumentalist), Clare Hammond (Young Artists), Julian Anderson (Chamber-Scale Composition) and Kings Place (Concert Series and Festivals). www.rpsmusicawards.com

Imogen Hancock trumpet Jack Horrocks clarinet

New Music Programme

Jack Sheen composer Jaz Moss double bass

The creativity of living composers lies at the heart of the RPS, and 2016 has seen the world premiere of 15 new works throughout the UK and in Europe…

Lisa Illean composer

Julian Anderson, Incantesimi Jointly commissioned by the RPS, Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation and Boston Symphony Orchestra, Incantesimi received its premiere performances in Berlin with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle in June 2016, with additional performances in Rotterdam and Lucerne throughout the summer. The UK premiere took place at the BBC Proms in September and further performances will be given by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2017.

Nevena Atanasova flute

David Sawer, April\March The RPS encourages collaboration between composers and choreographers and helps support the creation of new music for dance through the RPS

Krist ne Balanas violin Kwam-Lam Lau violin Lauren Collings french horn

Megan Storer flute

Patrick Brennan composer Peter Moore trombone Sheku Kanneh-Mason cello Soraya Mafi soprano

Drummond Fund. April\March is the seventh new work to be delivered by this scheme, and the score – co-commissioned by the RPS and BBC Radio 3, with the friendly support of the Ernst von Siemens Foundation, was premiered at the BBC Proms in August 2016 by London Sinfonietta. The work, complete with choreography by Aletta Collins, will be performed by the Royal Ballet in 2017. “... with its detailed narrative and intricate counterpoint, April\March ... dances nimbly through a tightly organised structure where silence is as vital as sound, and virtuosity called upon from every instrument in a kaleidoscopic scoring.” Helen Wallace, The Arts Desk

RPS Composition Prize commissions Desmond Clarke, Patrick John Jones and Michael Taplin (Philharmonia’s Music of Today); Hunter Coblentz (Cheltenham Festival); Ninfea CruttwellReade (Presteigne Festival); Dani Howard (Music in the Round) New Generation Artists commissions RPS and BBC Radio 3 co-commissioned the following composers to write for BBC New Generation Artists: John Casken (Alec Frank-Gemmill, horn); Kurt Schwertsik (Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello); Rolf Wallin (Danish String Quartet); Sally Beamish (Lise Berthaud, viola; David Saudubray, piano); Francisco Coll (Peter Moore, trombone); Michael Nyman (Kathryn Rudge, mezzo soprano); Johannes Fischer (Armida Quartett)

Please make a donation to help the next generation As an independent charity, the Royal Philharmonic Society is renowned for its integrity and intelligent support for performers and composers. You can trust us to use your donations wisely and effectively. All our programmes are oversubscribed and any gift you can make, large or small, will help us do more. £50 might fund a train fare for a musician to visit their mentor; £200 would give a young woman their first experience of conducting, £300 would cover a recital fee for a young musician; £1,000 could help a musician buy the instrument

they desperately need; and £3,000 or more could fund an entire mentoring programme for one musician, help to buy several instruments, or fund a commissioning and performance opportunity for a young composer. Donate online via www.philharmonicsociety.uk/support or send a cheque payable to the Royal Philharmonic Society. Our contact details are on the back page. Thank you.


Awards The RPS celebrates the highest possible standards of excellence in all aspects of musicianship. Over the last 12 months the following awards were made… RPS Gold Medal  This is the Society’s highest honour, awarded for the most outstanding musicianship. In November 2015, Martha Argerich - one of the most “compelling and expressive pianists” - was presented with the Gold Medal at Wigmore Hall by RPS Chairman, John Gilhooly OBE. Peter Maxwell Davies, who has “redefined what it means to be a composer and inspired new generations of musicians”, received the Gold Medal from RPS Council Member, Sally Groves MBE, in February 2016 at his home in Orkney just weeks before his death. They both join a distinguished list of recipients including Brahms, Elgar, Kathleen Ferrier, Bernstein and Mitsuko Uchida. RPS Honorary Membership  Awarded in recognition of services to music, the most recent recipient of this honour is Graham Vick, Director of Birmingham Opera. The presentation was made at the RPS Music Awards in May 2016 where, as the keynote speaker, he also gave a challenging speech on diversity and inclusivity. In its citation, the RPS recognised Graham as having “single-handedly changed the way we think about opera.” The citation continued… “He has taken opera out of the opera house and revitalised the repertoire, creating productions that engage both operatic newcomers and the most hardened devotees.” Graham Vick becomes the 139th recipient since the first Honorary Membership was made to Carl Maria von Weber in 1826. Salomon Prize  Graham Hall, long-standing timpanist of Sinfonia Viva, became the fifth recipient of the RPS/ABO Salomon Prize. The prize celebrates orchestral players, the unsung heroes who make our orchestras great. The citation for the award explained that Graham’s “hugely dedicated service has extended way beyond his performing career... He is a highly skilled arranger ... he has worked tirelessly for the betterment of the orchestra... and has always been a passionate advocate for the orchestra’s extensive outreach work.” RPS Music Awards  In May 2016 the RPS Music Awards, presented in association with BBC Radio 3, were awarded across 13 categories marking outstanding musical achievement in 2015. Winners included Sakari Oramo (Conductor), Daniil Trifonov (Instrumentalist), Clare Hammond (Young Artists), Julian Anderson (Chamber-Scale Composition) and Kings Place (Concert Series and Festivals). www.rpsmusicawards.com

Imogen Hancock trumpet Jack Horrocks clarinet

New Music Programme

Jack Sheen composer Jaz Moss double bass

The creativity of living composers lies at the heart of the RPS, and 2016 has seen the world premiere of 15 new works throughout the UK and in Europe…

Lisa Illean composer

Julian Anderson, Incantesimi Jointly commissioned by the RPS, Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation and Boston Symphony Orchestra, Incantesimi received its premiere performances in Berlin with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle in June 2016, with additional performances in Rotterdam and Lucerne throughout the summer. The UK premiere took place at the BBC Proms in September and further performances will be given by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2017.

Nevena Atanasova flute

David Sawer, April\March The RPS encourages collaboration between composers and choreographers and helps support the creation of new music for dance through the RPS

Krist ne Balanas violin Kwam-Lam Lau violin Lauren Collings french horn

Megan Storer flute

Patrick Brennan composer Peter Moore trombone Sheku Kanneh-Mason cello Soraya Mafi soprano

Drummond Fund. April\March is the seventh new work to be delivered by this scheme, and the score – co-commissioned by the RPS and BBC Radio 3, with the friendly support of the Ernst von Siemens Foundation, was premiered at the BBC Proms in August 2016 by London Sinfonietta. The work, complete with choreography by Aletta Collins, will be performed by the Royal Ballet in 2017. “... with its detailed narrative and intricate counterpoint, April\March ... dances nimbly through a tightly organised structure where silence is as vital as sound, and virtuosity called upon from every instrument in a kaleidoscopic scoring.” Helen Wallace, The Arts Desk

RPS Composition Prize commissions Desmond Clarke, Patrick John Jones and Michael Taplin (Philharmonia’s Music of Today); Hunter Coblentz (Cheltenham Festival); Ninfea CruttwellReade (Presteigne Festival); Dani Howard (Music in the Round) New Generation Artists commissions RPS and BBC Radio 3 co-commissioned the following composers to write for BBC New Generation Artists: John Casken (Alec Frank-Gemmill, horn); Kurt Schwertsik (Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello); Rolf Wallin (Danish String Quartet); Sally Beamish (Lise Berthaud, viola; David Saudubray, piano); Francisco Coll (Peter Moore, trombone); Michael Nyman (Kathryn Rudge, mezzo soprano); Johannes Fischer (Armida Quartett)

Please make a donation to help the next generation As an independent charity, the Royal Philharmonic Society is renowned for its integrity and intelligent support for performers and composers. You can trust us to use your donations wisely and effectively. All our programmes are oversubscribed and any gift you can make, large or small, will help us do more. £50 might fund a train fare for a musician to visit their mentor; £200 would give a young woman their first experience of conducting, £300 would cover a recital fee for a young musician; £1,000 could help a musician buy the instrument

they desperately need; and £3,000 or more could fund an entire mentoring programme for one musician, help to buy several instruments, or fund a commissioning and performance opportunity for a young composer. Donate online via www.philharmonicsociety.uk/support or send a cheque payable to the Royal Philharmonic Society. Our contact details are on the back page. Thank you.


Join us if you love music The RPS is a collective of people who have come to music in different ways – professionally, academically, or simply because it’s their greatest pleasure. All our work depends upon the generosity of our members, friends and supporters. Even if you can give just a few pounds a month, together we can change musicians’ lives. Please visit www.philharmonicsociety.uk/join Hear what some of our members have to say about us… “The RPS has been a meeting point for musicians, composers and audiences for 200 years and remains a passionate advocate for music today.” Kathryn McDowell, London Symphony Orchestra “The Royal Philharmonic Society supports the culture, the understanding and the imagination behind live music making. If you love classical music and believe in its future you should, without question, join us.” Sir Mark Elder CBE “Support from the RPS provides a fantastic springboard for any young musician seeking to make their mark in the profession. The RPS has really helped me through the transition from student to freelancer.” Imogen Hancock, RPS Young Musician (2015 Julius Isserlis scholar)

GET IN TOUCH Administration Executive Director Rosemary Johnson Development Consultant Alison Pavier Development Manager Laura Bloomfield (Maternity Leave) Artistic and Development Manager Robin Sheffield Administrative Assistant Catherine Porteus Press Consultant Sophie Cohen

admin@philharmonicsociety.uk +44 (0)20 7287 0019 Find royalphilsoc on:

Reg. UK Charity 213693

Royal Philharmonic Society 48 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7BB

www.philharmonicsociety.uk

Gold Medal Members Martha Argerich Janet Baker Daniel Barenboim Alfred Brendel Plácido Domingo Bernard Haitink György Kurtág Antonio Pappano Thomas Quasthoff Simon Rattle András Schiff John Tomlinson Mitsuko Uchida

RPS Trustees Chairman John Gilhooly OBE* Hon Secretary Louise Mitchell* Hon Treasurer Anthony Newhouse Edward Blakeman* Jerome Booth Sir Vernon Ellis Johnny Langridge* Kingsley Manning Gillian Moore MBE* RPS Premier Corporate Members Chandos Records RPS Corporate Members Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Association of British Orchestras Hyperion Records Incorporated Society of Musicians International Artist Managers’ Association Kings Place NMC Recordings Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Royal Scottish National Orchestra *

Professional Member

“We need organisations like the RPS to remind us that young artists take time to develop and that composers require opportunities for their voices to be heard. Great artists never stop learning, and great musicians never stop listening.” Alfred Brendel, RPS Gold Medallist

PHILHARMONIC Update 2017

Philharmonic Update 2017  

"Music is about joy, and profundity, and understanding – and it’s for you!" This was the message from the RPS at this year’s RPS Music Award...

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