Department of Music

The Royal Philharmonic Society: Past and Future
London, November 2003


The British Library in association with the Royal Musical Association

Study Day - The Royal Philharmonic Society: Past and Future

British Library Conference Centre
Saturday 22 November 2003


To celebrate the acquisition by the British Library of the archive of the oldest
concert-giving body in the UK, this study day, being run in association with the
Royal Musical Association will explore some notable aspects of this unique
collection. The archive comprises over 270 manuscript scores together with the
Society's working papers, minute books and correspondence. The manuscripts include
the autograph score of Mendelssohn's First Symphony and a copyist's score of
Beethoven's Ninth Symphony (which was commissioned by the Society) annotated by the
composer. The correspondence files include autograph letters from many composers,
including Beethoven, Berlioz, Brahms, Britten, Dvorák, Elgar, Debussy, Delius, Grieg,
Liszt, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninov, Sibelius, Richard Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Wagner and
Vaughan Williams.

Speakers will include Cyril Ehrlich, Christopher Hogwood, David Cairns, Arthur
Searle, Christina Bashford, Tony Fell, Simon McVeigh and Leanne Langley. The
recipient of the Royal Musical Association's 2002 Dent Medal, Professor Laurenz
Lütteken of Zürich University, will present the Dent Lecture: What is music in the
public sphere? The Royal Philharmonic Society and its roots in 18th century thought.
Following a round table and plenary session, the day will end with a reception
generously hosted by Bärenreiter Ltd.

Conference Fee (including tea and coffee) £7.50 (£5.00 for Friends of the British
Library, members of the RMA and RPS, and unwaged).

Further details, including a downloadable booking form, from
http://www.bl.uk/collections/rps-study2003.html.

Paul Banks
RCM