Keith Clarke - 17 November 2012
With 200 years of glorious history behind it and an action packed bicentenary year in prospect, the Royal Philharmonic Society could easily have held a celebratory launch party where we all shouted hooray at the announcements, got stuck into the buck’s fizz and bacon butties, then headed off with a warm glow in our hearts. But the society has always had a firm grip on reality, and launching the celebratory year in a West End pub on 7 November, chairman John Gilhooly was determined that the party mood should not throw a veil over the elephants in the bar.
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