The Royal Philharmonic Society has created Stephen Sondheim an Honorary Member, a title it very first granted in 1826 to Carl Maria von Weber.
John Gilhooly, the RPS chair, mentioned: ‘Stephen Sondheim’s function is transcendent. In its musical sophistication and depth of believed, it has inspired audiences internationally, and generations of experienced and amateur performers alike. The musicians who founded the RPS in 1813 set out with the conviction that music can touch and boost everyone’s lives. This is evident in the millions nowadays who have their personal favourite Sondheim song and favourite Sondheim lyric, cherished as if the composer have been speaking to them personally. His music only grows in resonance, as noticed by the immensely effective London revivals of Follies and Business, and it is positive to resound for lots of, lots of years to come.’