Video archive

An anniversary fanfare in celebration of 500 years

To mark the RCP’s 500th anniversary we have collaborated with the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) and commissioned composer Joseph Howard in a specially written piece, Fanfare. Fanfare was premiered at the RCP’s day of celebratory anniversary events on Sunday 23 September, exactly 500 years after the organisation’s charter was signed by Henry VIII. It was performed by the quintet London Metropolitan Brass.

In this new commission, we are delighted to work with an award-winning RAM postgraduate student and to showcase the world-premiere of his visionary composition Fanfare in celebration of our 500 year history. Howard won the National Centre for Early Music’s Young Composers Competition in 2013 and was the Manson Fellow of Composition 2016-17 at RAM and is this year’s Music Fellow at Rambert Dance Company.

Howard says 'I was very excited to be asked to write a piece to celebrate the 500th anniversary of this important historic institution. For Fanfare, I wanted to create a piece that matched the mood of this joyous celebratory occasion and I believe this will lift the audience’s spirits.’

RCP500 ‘500 Years: Snapshots’, Simon Bowman, Harveian librarian

To celebrate our anniversary, we're interviewing diverse people with a connection to the RCP throughout 2018 - from museum curators to the Patient and Carer Network and our leadership team. We have asked each interviewee questions about our 500th year and what this means to them.

RCP500 ‘500 Years: Snapshots’, Andrew Goddard, Registrar

To celebrate our anniversary, we're interviewing diverse people with a connection to the RCP throughout 2018 - from museum curators to the Patient and Carer Network and our leadership team. We have asked each interviewee questions about our 500th year and what this means to them.

RCP500 ‘500 Years: Snapshots’, Clive Constable, Deputy CEO

To celebrate our anniversary, we're interviewing diverse people with a connection to the RCP throughout 2018 - from museum curators to the Patient and Carer Network and our leadership team. We have asked each interviewee questions about our 500th year and what this means to them.

RCP500 ‘500 Years: Snapshots’, Chuka Nwokolo, Treasurer

To celebrate our anniversary, we're interviewing diverse people with a connection to the RCP throughout 2018 - from museum curators to the Patient and Carer Network and our leadership team. We have asked each interviewee questions about our 500th year and what this means to them.

RCP500 ‘500 Years: Snapshots’, Ian Bullock, CEO

To celebrate our anniversary, we're interviewing diverse people with a connection to the RCP throughout 2018 - from museum curators to the Patient and Carer Network and our leadership team. We have asked each interviewee questions about our 500th year and what this means to them.

RCP500 ‘500 Years: Snapshots’, Jane Dacre, President

To celebrate our anniversary, we're interviewing diverse people with a connection to the RCP throughout 2018 - from museum curators to the Patient and Carer Network and our leadership team. We have asked each interviewee questions about our 500th year and what this means to them.

“You do very much better if you forget it [being a woman in medicine], and just get on with the job"

In this extract from a 1994 oral history interview with Sir Christopher Booth, Dame Margaret Turner-Warwick discusses her upbringing, her decision to study medicine, and her ultimate election as president of the Royal College of Physicians. She also recalls meetings with Kenneth Clarke and Margaret Thatcher over the introduction of the Internal Market System in Medicine. Towards the end of the video Turner-Warwick also raises the issue of specialists and generalists within medicine, and how the RCP places itself in this debate.

Rose