James Murphy

James Murphy has been Chief Executive of the Royal Philharmonic Society since July 2018.

Previously, he was Managing Director of Southbank Sinfonia, the orchestra that provides graduate musicians with a much-needed springboard into the music profession.

Under James’s artistic and executive leadership, the orchestra enjoyed a period of noted prosperity and growth. He was responsible for planning and programming over 70 concerts annually and instigated the orchestra’s acclaimed role centre-stage in the National Theatre’s Amadeus.

Previously he was Director of Communications of the National Youth Orchestra and Marketing Manager of the Royal College of Music where he co-led the vocational advice department, advising students and alumni on promoting themselves and establishing their careers.

He studied music at the University of York.