1,000 Days on the River Kwai

Join us to hear the remarkable story of Colonel Owtram, Commandant of the Chungkai PoW camp in the Second World War, as told by his daughters, who both worked for the Secret Service during the war. 

1932: Picasso's 'Year of Wonders'

Join us on 2 March for a fascinating journey through one of the most remarkable years of Pablo Picasso’s extraordinary career with art historian Cindy Polemis. Picasso turned 50 in the autumn of 1931 and in the summer of 1932 he had his first major retrospective. He had achieved fame and success and was already an international celebrity but he was determined to prove he could still be daring and innovative. Highlighting key works throughout that year, Cindy Polemis explores the man and artist in all his complexity. 

2017 in Pictures

ROSL has organised some incredible events for members over the past 12 months, varying in size and scope, from the intimate setting of the Drawing Room for an evening of magic, to the cavernous expanse of Cadogan Hall for the Annual Music Competition Grand Final, or a cosy corner of the bar for Younger Member Drinks, to the vast vistas of the Somme for the Battlefield Tour. 

65th Anniversary Review

Last week saw ROSL ARTS celebrate 65 years of supporting young musicians and artists with three celebratory concerts bringing together ROSL musicians from the last 20 years. 

A Century of War

Today, members gathered at the Imperial War Museum for a private tour that explored the many different faces of war.

A Chorus of Carols

Whether you're in Edinburgh or London over the festive period, our members will be singing loud and clear, so join in the carols and get into the Christmas spirit. 

A Conversation with ROSL’s departing Director-General, Diana Owen

Diana will be leaving ROSL at the start of July, and this is an opportunity to hear her reflections and thoughts about her time at ROSL, including the challenges she has faced, how ROSL has been dealing with the pandemic, as well as some of the happy memories that she will take with her. 

A Day in the Life: Jessica Harris Edwards

Jessica Harris Edwards, Event Coordinator and Marketing Executive, tells us just what it takes to put on a members' event. 

A Drink For Every Taste

We all know one of the finest ways to spend a summer's day is sat in the ROSL Garden overlooking Green Park, with one of your favourite tipples in hand. A glass of Pimm's perhaps, a Gin and Tonic, or a glass of wine? Have any of you ever wondered about the history of the drinks you're enjoying and how they are deeply entwined with the history of this city? Well, in August you'll be able to find out more as Dr Matthew Green takes you on a walking tour around London, explaining its history in five drinks. 

A Happy Day Turned to Black: Shakespeare in the Garden

The Garden was transformed into war-torn Verona last Friday, as our Shakespearean actors returned to perform the classic tragedy of Romeo and Juliet for members. 

A Kirker & ROSL International Tour: Vienna

Vienna established itself as the undisputed centre of Europe’s musical life from the middle of the 18th-century. A hundred years later, the city’s reputation as an artistic melting pot was consolidated and strengthened by the works of artists such as Klimt and Schiele and the architect Otto Wagner. This creative genius was added to what was already there – an Imperial capital city adorned with grand and beautiful architecture including Emperor Franz Josef’s famous Ring, lined with the great buildings of state. 

A Laboratory For Survival

Wednesday night saw the opening of our ROSL International Residency exhibition ‘A Laboratory for Survival‘ at the Art House in Wakefield. The opening night featured a discussion with the artists Dimple B. Shah and Cole Ndelu, led by our visual Art Curator Eilidh McCormick. 

A Musical Discussion with Clarinettist Robert Plane

Join ROSL Artistic Director Geoff Parkin on 8 July for a musical discussion with 1992 Annual Music Competition Gold Medal winner, clarinettist Robert Plane. 

A Night at the Opera

If ROSL's Edinburgh Fringe programme is just too long to wait, why not join us for an evening of opera at the clubhouse on Princes Street on Tuesday 23 May.

A Night Out on the Town or Online

London's cultural venues, ROSL included, are doing all they can to entice people back in to the Capital to fill the cultural void that has appeared in people's lives during lockdown. For those willing to make the journey, there is plenty to look forward to, and for those who can't yet make the trip, there's also plenty online to keep you occupied. 

A Royal Outing

Having just returned from the Buckingham Palace State Rooms and Garden Highlight tour, which sold out within an hour of tickets being released, our event coordinator Jessica Harris-Edwards tells us all about what the lucky members got up to. 

A Sample of Medieval Life

On Saturday, members took to the streets of medieval London under the guidance of Dr Matthew Green to learn about the social, political and alcoholic history of the city.

A Taste of France in London

When it comes to the production of fine alcohols, France leads the world,. Fine wines and spirits have been produced for centuries using closely regulated recipes that help to make French products a byword for quality. 

A Taste of Indian Summer

Members gathered in the garden on Friday evening for our penultimate Indian Independence themed event – the summer wine tasting.

A Taste of New Zealand

We have pleasure in presenting seven wines from the Mount Brown Estates, New Zealand, with their wine grower Frank Manifold on hand to present his wines alongside a three-course dinner in the Restaurant on Thursday 5 September.  

A Taste of Summer

As June draws ever closer, are you beginning to wonder how to whittle away all those long days and warm evenings? Well here at the Royal Over-Seas League we have the answer.

A Week of Walking Tours

Feel like stretching your legs? You're in luck, as next week we have two walking tours to help you make 10,000 steps-a-day target. 

A Winter Walk and a Little Tipple

ROSL ARTS would like to introduce our friends and members to the work of Sophie Ryder as the Hignell Gallery leads a walk to her large outdoor sculptures, concluded with a drink in the gallery amongst her more modest works. Taking place on Wednesday 8 November, from 3-6pm, the walk is free to join. 

A Woman's Place is in Politics: Speakers Announced!

For the past few years ROSL has marked International Women’s Day with a stimulating debate focusing on the challenges and opportunities unique to women in different fields. Last year, we examined the lack of women represented in science and technology and debated the reasons for this unbalanced gender representation and, most importantly, how to overcome it. This year in celebration of 100 years since the first women were granted the vote in 1918, our International Women’s Day Debate will focus on women and politics.

A Woman’s Place is in Politics

Yesterday, across the globe people celebrated International Women’s Day in myriad of ways – from coffee mornings, to talks, from gala dinners to radio shows. Following the flourishing global movement for women’s rights in the past year and as we celebrate 100 years since the first women were given the right to vote, it seemed natural that ROSL’s annual debate would focus on women in politics. 

Abhaey Singh’s India Lecture Series

Continuing ROSL's celebration of the 70th anniversary of Indian Independence, members can enjoy a two-part lecture series from Abhaey Singh, founder of the Indian Debating Union. 

AMC 2017: Where are they now?

With the deadline for entries to our Annual Music Competition 2018 fast approaching we take a look at 2017’s winners and what they have been up to since our Gold Medal Final in Cadogan Hall. 

AMC 2019: First Section Final Win Claimed

Last night saw the launch of the public rounds of this year's Annual Music Competition, with the first Section Final for solo wind and brass. Four performers took to the stage in the Princess Alexandra Hall in front of assembled members, guests, friends, family, and our esteemed judging panel to compete for their place at the Gold Medal Final in May. 

AMC 2021: We Have Our First Finalist

It may seem that last year's Annual Music Competition (AMC) has only just finished, but we're already underway with the 2021 edition. Last night, four soloists took to the Princess Alexandra Hall stage for the Wind & Brass Section Final, to find out who would take the first of four spots at the Gold Medal Final. 

AMC Insider: Behind the Scenes of the Annual Music Competition

With entries for the 2020 Annual Music Competition now closed, the first round of video auditions are currently being assessed to decide who will go on to the semi finals. Our anonymous AMC Insider, one of the musicians competing, will be giving us a behind the scenes glimpse of what goes on at every stage of the competition. Read their experience of the video audition below.