The Senior Physicians Society (previously called The Quincentennial Society) is an association that provides for widows and widowers of fellows and members of the RCP and retired fellows and members of the RCP and its faculties, an opportunity to contribute to the activities of the RCP and enjoy the scientific, cultural and educational meetings to which selected speakers are invited. Lectures are now opens to the public. They are usually held three times a year, and attract outstanding speakers across science, the arts, the humanities and issues of the day.
These lectures will take on a musical feel with talks on being a performing musician and the life of composer Gustav Mahler.
Gustav Mahler was an Austro-Bohemian late-Romantic composer, and one of the leading conductors of his generation. As a composer he acted as a bridge between the 19th century Austro-German tradition and the modernism of the early 20th century. While in his lifetime his status as a conductor was established beyond question, his own music gained wide popularity only after periods of relative neglect which included a ban on its performance in much of Europe during the Nazi era. After 1945 his compositions were rediscovered by a new generation of listeners; Mahler then became one of the most frequently performed and recorded of all composers, a position he has sustained into the 21st century. In 2016, a BBC Music Magazine survey of 151 conductors ranked three of his symphonies in the top ten symphonies of all time.