Tony Fell was Chairman of the Royal Philharmonic Society from 1997 to 2005, during which time he both galvanized and re-shaped the Society into an organisation that responds imaginatively to the challenges of the 21st century. In 2002, he led the sale of the RPS archive to the British Library, which opened this important collection to music scholars and the public, and generated the funds to secure the future of the society and to develop new projects to support classical music today. Earlier this year, he became the first ever music publisher (he was Managing Director of Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishing from 1974-1996) to be made an Honorary Member of the Royal Philharmonic Society.

Current RPS Chairman John Gilhooly comments:
“Tony Fell was a man of enormous generosity and warmth whose passion for music and wise words made him a true friend to many composers and musicians of all ages. Whilst remaining true to the pioneering spirit of the society’s founding fathers, he reinvigorated the RPS with vision and energy and firmly laid foundations for today’s vibrant, engaged RPS. We will remember him with great fondness and gratitude.”

RPS Executive Director, Rosemary Johnson, who worked with Tony Fell during his Chairmanship of the RPS comments:
“Tony was a much-loved colleague with a blinding smile. He was endlessly curious about the world and full of boundless energy and unquenchable enthusiasm for great music. Tony was a joy to work with, matching pragmatic advice with wit, fun and imagination and acting as an unofficial mentor to me and to many others in the music world. We shall miss him enormously.”

A private funeral will take place and Tony’s family have asked that donations be made to the Royal Philharmonic Society and Marie Curie Cancer Care in lieu of flowers. A memorial celebration for Tony Fell is planned at the Wigmore Hall in London at 11 am on Saturday 28 January.


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