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. 

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. 

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 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: 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. 

Annual Music Competition Grand Final Next Week!

The 65th ROSL Annual Music Competition is now just days away, join us at Cadogan Hall on Wednesday 7 June at 7pm.

Annual Music Competition Now Open For Applications!

Now in its 66th year the ROSL ARTS Annual Music Competition awards around £75,000 in prizes each year to musicians from around the Commonwealth. Previous prizewinners have included Ashley Wass, Simon Lepper, Amy Dickson, Jonathan Lemalu and Emily Sun to name but a few.

Art in Abundance

October brings international art to London with an influx of Art Fairs and an eruption of creativity across the city. The charge of the fairs is led by Frieze and every city gallery is putting their best foot forward with impressive new exhibitions and events to lure in the visiting art world. We have listed the fairs that are only on for a short time this week so plan your visit and get inspired. 

Art in January

Looking for a way to avoid the hubbub of the January sales? Why not spend some time over the Christmas holidays with some of the biggest names in the art world. These exhibitions can see you through the first month of 2018 and they will all be coming to a close before spring sets in so visit while you can. 

Art with Andrew Marr

Last night, renowned broadcaster Andrew Marr, visited the London clubhouse to discuss his creative outlet, painting. Hosted by ROSL ARTS, and arranged by the Art Fund, Andrew spoke to a packed house about his creative process, particularly how it has changed following his stroke in 2013. 

Author Delia Jarrett-Macauley to Speak at ROSL

British author Delia Jarrett-Macauley, winner of the 2006 Orwell Prize for political writing for her novel Moses, Citizen & Me, will be speaking at the Chairman's Lunch Thursday 10 May. 

Barrie Pettman 1944-2017

We are sorry to hear of the passing of Professor Barrie Pettman, Vice President of ROSL and generous funder with his wife Maureen of the Pettman/ROSL Scholarship for a New Zealand Chamber Ensemble.

BC Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Chan Centre

ROSL members from the British Columbia branch came together to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts on Saturday 8 April. 

Be Smart About Art

Be Smart About Art networking is a monthly opportunity to meet artists, curators and other peers, to view exhibitions and spaces, and to expand knowledge - creative and professional alike. On Tuesday 22 August 2017, ROSL are hosting BSAA to accompany the current ‘Young Masters’ exhibition presented by Cynthia Corbett Gallery.