Liverpool Biennial 2018 Artists Announced

ROSL ARTS is very proud to share the first list of selected artists to be exhibiting at the 10th Liverpool Biennial. We are especially proud as our 2017 visual art Scholar Madiha Aijaz, from Pakistan, is a participating artist with the support of ROSL ARTS and the ROSL membership. 

15 Years of Music Making in the Princess Alexandra Hall

Today marks the 15th anniversary of the refurbishment and reopening of the Princess Alexandra Hall, transforming it into the perfect venue for chamber music we know and love today. Read the history of the hall and its origins below.

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. 

20 Years at the Fringe

To celebrate two decades of music making at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, ROSL will be hosting a special gala concert as part of this year's concert series in the Scottish capital. Artistic Director Geoff Parkin plots the growth of this much-loved series and outlines the plans for this year's celebrations. 

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. 

2019 Artist Scholars Chosen

ROSL is excited to announce the artists chosen to attend this year's ROSL International Residency are Cole Ndelu from Johannesburg, South Africa, and Dimple Shah from Bangalore, India. These two artists will soon arrive in the UK and spend the months of September and October at The Art House in Wakefield, developing their creative practices and networking across the UK with the support of ROSL. 

2021 ROSL Photography Competition Launches

ROSL is launching the 2021 edition of its ROSL Photography Competition to showcase contemporary culture in the Commonwealth linking to the theme of International Friendship

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 Day in the Life: Eilidh McCormick

Visual Arts Coordinator Eilidh McCormick tells us what a typical day looks like for her. 

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 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. 

Affinity and Allusion

Over the festive break our Visual Arts Curator, Eilidh McCormick got the chance to visit the newly opened Collective exhibition space in Edinburgh, and she recommends you do the same.

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 2018: Meet the Judges

Monday night saw the crowning of this year's Annual Music Competition Gold Medal winner, as saxophonist Jonathan Radford worked away with the £15,000 first prize. But the task of choosing between the finalists is no easy decision. A adjudication panel of ten renowned figures from the industry, musicians, principals, and journalists among their ranks, were responsible for making the final call, all ably led by Principal of the Central School for Speech and Drama, Gavin Henderson CBE. Last year, Gavin sat down with Overseas to discuss his lifelong dedication to bringing together different aspects of the arts, the struggle for recognition – and the power of the idea.

AMC 2019: Another String to His Bow

The third Section Final of 2019's Annual Music Competition took place last night in the Princess Alexandra Hall; this week it was the turn of the Strings players. Competing for a place in the Gold Medal Final at the Southbank Centre in May, the four Section Finalists had to impress the judging panel, made up of Gavin henderson CBE, Gina McCormack, Geoff Parkin, and Matthew Trusler. 

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 2019: Get Your Tickets Now

The applications are rolling in and it looks like 2019 is going to be a vintage year for the Annual Music Competition! For your chance to see the future stars of classical music, bookings are now open for Section Finals, which run every Tuesday evening for six weeks from 12 February 2019. 

AMC 2019: Singing Their Praises

Last night saw a capacity crowd squeeze into the Princess Alexandra Hall for the Singer Section Final of this year's Annual Music Competition. Four talented Commonwealth musicians treated the crowd to a varied programme which showcased their voices to full effect as they fought for a place in 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. 

AMC Insider: The Semi-Finals

Mondays in February and March take on a special significance for the entrants of this year's Annual Music Competition. Behind-closed-doors semi-finals take place at Over-Seas House for those who have made it through from the video rounds. Read on to hear from our AMC Insider to see what its like to perform before our jury of industry professionals for the first time and try to secure a place in the Section Final.

AMC: Soprano Milly Forrest Books Her Place in the Final

Last night saw the second of this year's Annual Music Competition Section Finals, with soprano Milly Forrest becoming the second soloist to make it through to the Gold Medal Final. 

AMC: The Starting Gun Has Been Fired

The 2019 Annual Music Competition is officially underway! As I write, the Arts office is filled with the sounds of this year's entrants, more than 150 of them!

And the Winner is...

Last night saw royalty, ROSL members, friends, family and industry luminaries gather at Cadogan Hall to watch the final of the 65th ROSL Annual Music Competition, where this year's Gold Medal was awarded. 

And the Winner is...

Last night saw the culmination of the 2018 ROSL Annual Music Competition, with four exceptional young musicians competing for the chance to win the Gold Medal and £15,000 first prize. The Queen Elizabeth Hall was filled with the sounds of Chopin, Enescu, and Rachmaninov as Florian Mitrea piano, Emmanuel Bach violin, Michael Mofidian bass-baritone,and Jonathan Radford saxophone, performed for HRH Princess Alexandra, ROSL members, guests, and music industry professionals. 

And They're Off!

Last night, the competitors in the 2020 Annual Music Competition broke cover for the first time, with five talented young soloists taking to the Princess Alexandra Hall stage for the Wind and Brass Section Final, the first of four such finals which will determine who competes for the Gold Medal prize of £20,000 in June.