The Royal Philharmonic Society
is a British music
society, formed in 1813. It was originally formed in London
to promote performances of instrumental music there. Many distinguished composers
and performers have taken part in its concerts. It is now a membership society, and while it no longer has its own orchestra, it continues a wide ranging programme of activities which focus on composers and young musicians and aim to engage audiences so that future generations will enjoy a rich and vibrant musical life. Since 1989 it has promoted the annual Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards
for live music-making in the United Kingdom. The RPS is a registered UK charity No. 213693. It is located at 10 Stratford Place, London, W1C 1BA.
The society's Gold Medal for outstanding musicianship is awarded only occasionally.
In London, at a time when there were no permanent London orchestras, nor organised series of chamber music
concerts, a group of professional musicians formed the Philharmonic Society of London
on 24 January 1813. The Society's aim was "to promote the performance, in the most perfect manner possible of the best and most approved instrumental music". The first concert, on 8 March 1813, was presided over by Johann Peter Salomon
, with Muzio Clementi
at the piano and the violin prodigy Nicolas Mori
as lead violinist, performing symphonies by Joseph Haydn
and Ludwig van Beethoven
Among the founders was the pianist and violinist William Dance
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