About us

The Medical Music Society of London was formed in July 2012 when the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) ceased running its Music Society after 40 years. We continue the tradition of putting on excellent concerts, combined with an enjoyable social occasion, and with an opportunity for the audience to meet the artists after the concert. John Lill gave our inaugural concert on 23rd October 2012.  We’re a registered charity, No.1157835.

Our future has been secured for many years to come by a generous legacy received in 2018 from Mrs Dorothy Pollard, to whom we are extremely grateful. Dorothy Amy Pollard died in Torquay in June 2017 at the age of 91. She and her husband had lived in High Barnet before retiring to Devon, and had attended our concerts and those of our predecessor, the RSM Music Society. She loved music and used her estate to support a number of charities which promote musical activities. Unfortunately we do not have any information about her musical interests, but are planning to designate one concert each year in her memory, to remember her generosity to our society.

Our concerts, normally four per season, take place in the delightful surroundings of the Royal Over-Seas League, just off St James’s Street, with its purpose-built concert room with two Steinway grand pianos, and excellent club facilities. For more details, please see our venue page.

Membership benefits

Membership of the Medical Music Society of London costs £20 per year, and is open to anyone. Key membership benefits include:

  • reduced ticket prices for you and up to 6 guests
  • advance information and booking
  • an opportunity to attend the Annual General Meeting and influence the running of the Society


  • Dr David Green (Treasurer)
  • Dr Roy Palmer
  • Dr Gordon Plant
  • Mr Peter Richardson (Chairman)
  • Dr Michele Sadler (Secretary)
  • Dr John Scadding

History of the RSM Music Society

Chandos House

The RSM Music Society was founded in 1972, when the inaugural concert was given in Chandos House (left) by the Amadeus Quartet. Amongst many others who played at the RSM over 40 years since 1972 were the Skampa, Belcea, Carducci and Heath Quartets, the Kungsbacka and Aquinas Piano Trios, violinists Nicola Benedetti and Ruth Rogers, cellists Natalie Clein, Katherine Jenkinson and Adrian Brendel, pianists Paul Lewis, Peter Katin, Piers Lane, John Lill, Leslie Howard, Martin Cousin and Martin Jones, guitarists John Williams and Morgan Szymanski, and the actress Patricia Routledge.

Royal Society of Medicine, London

Royal Society of Medicine, London

We continue to maintain close connections with the RSM and are grateful for their support in helping to establish the Medical Music Society of London by promoting our concerts to their members.