The Future Symphony Institute

THE FUTURE SYMPHONY INSTITUTE is a new and entirely independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit think tank dedicated to classical music. It is a place where ideas are reborn – ideas that boldly challenge and unflinchingly reframe the ways we understand the problems facing orchestras and classical music in our modern age. Comprised of a growing community of the world’s best and brightest thinkers, scholars, theorists, researchers, artists, craftsmen, and business minds, the Institute focuses on providing visionary leadership and contributions to strategic thinking, scholarly research, policy formation, and public dialogue.

Our work is built upon the values we hold dear. Among these are happiness experienced as the pursuit of a good life well lived; human flourishing, community, and civic virtue; the persistence and intelligibility of natural order and hierarchy; recognition of exceptional human talent and the importance of earned success; the time-honored principles of free enterprise and free association; the traditions of Western Civilization; beauty, goodness, and truth as eternal and supreme transcendentals; the wisdom and dignity of old age and the value of maturity; and the importance of education as that which instills in us the higher virtues and develops our character.

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Latest Articles

'Loyalty as a Virtue' - Legatum Institute 10 May 18

Loyalty is a fundamental virtue on which we all depend for survival because it ties families, communities and nations together. In defining, loyalty Sir Roger distinguished between personal loyalty, which...

'Bottled inspiration' Spectator Life - April 18

Wine was revered in ancient times as the work of a god. Its subsequent place at the heart of our civilisation justifies that attitude. Wine has been, for us, a...

Kathy Wilkes Memorial Conference

Exploring Identity: Political and Philosophical Dr Kathy Wilkes was a Fellow of St Hilda's from 1973 until her death in 2003. She was one of the College's most distinguished female...

Why Musicians Need Philosophy? For the Future Symphony Institute

NOT AS MUCH, I GRANT, AS PHILOSOPHERS NEED MUSIC, but nevertheless the need is real. In the past our musical culture had secure foundations in the church, in the concert...

Recent Books

Where We Are: The State of Britain Now

Where We Are: The State of Britain Now

Bloomsbury (November 2017) Addressing one of the most politically turbulent periods in modern British history, philosopher Roger Scruton asks how, in these circumstances, we can come to define our identity,...

Conservatism: Ideas in Profile

Conservatism: Ideas in Profile

Profile Books (August 2017) Roger Scruton looks at the central ideas of conservatism over the centuries. He examines conservative thinking on civil society, the rule of law and the role...

On Human Nature

On Human Nature

Princeton University Press (February 2017) In this short book, acclaimed writer and philosopher Roger Scruton presents an original and radical defense of human uniqueness. Confronting the views of evolutionary psychologists,...

2018 Events

Scrutopia Summer School 2018

24 May - ACRE Blue Green Summit II, Brussels

21-24 June - Alpine Fellowship Meeting, Venice

21 July - Radical Mischief Conference, Stratford-upon-Avon

1-4 Aug - Summer School Alumni Meeting, Cirencester

20 Sept - Prayer Book Society Conference, Cirencester