ROSL Photography Class

Yesterday, the Rutland Room saw the unveiling of ROSL’s very first Photography Class with James McCormick. Suitable for all levels of photographers with the option of using a smartphone or a DSLR camera, expert photographer James kickstarted the class by guiding the members through the basics of photography. 

ROSL Photography Competition Announces 2019 Winners!

We are pleased to announce the 2019 winners of the ROSL Photography Competition are Isabella Agbaje from Nigeria and Zoral Naik from Pakistan winning the Camera and Mobile categories respectively, with their works Holding Hands(above) and Pastel Dogs(below). In addition, The Madiha Aijaz prize for a young photographer of promise has been awarded to Bangladeshi photographer Amdad Hossain for their work Joy of Childhood (bottom).

ROSL Photography Competition Launches

We are excited to announce the first ROSL Photography Competition and we are looking for entries from budding photographers across the Commonwealth! 

ROSL Photography Competition: Meet the Judges

The ROSL Photography Competition is now open and welcoming images from international photographers from around the Commonwealth, who are capturing 'Style' in relation to their homes. The competition aims to capture the current creative climate in the modern day Commonwealth and share it both online and in an exhibition at Overseas House as a means of fostering international friendship and understanding, as well as fostering international cultural connections; a central tenet of ROSL's mission. Making the decision on which photographs will be printed for the exhibition and also choosing both the Mobile Phone and Camera category winners are our illustrious judges, who are based in London and overseas.

ROSL Portrait Restoration Continues

The restoration of the historic ROSL art collection is progressing well. Last week, we visited the studio of Rebecca Gregg to see the portrait of Lord Mountbatten, the first to be sent for restoration. 

ROSL Returns to Mayfair Art Weekend

For the third year running, ROSL will be participating in Mayfair Art Weekend from 28 to 30 June. It's the perfect opportunity to use the clubhouse as a base and find out what fantastic art our neighbouring galleries and exhibition spaces are offering, all for free. 

ROSL Rush Hour Saxo-phun with Jonathan Radford

2018 ROSL Annual Music Gold Medalist, Jonathan Radford returned to the Princess Alexandra Hall stage for the second ROSL Rush Hour concert last night. 

ROSL Rush Hour: Missing Your Musical Fix?

It's a Tuesday but there's no concert on at ROSL, shock horror! Fear not, the Annual Music Competition Section Finals may have finished last week, but it won't be long until the Princess Alexandra Hall is filled with music once again. The ROSL Rush Hour concert series kicks off next Tuesday 2 April with a performance from one of the world's most celebrated ensembles; Britten Sinfonia! 

ROSL Scholar Recital, 14 September, Vancouver

The British Columbia branch will be hosting a reception and recital from oboist Kristen Cooke on Thursday 14 September at the Terminal City Club. 

ROSL Supports the Antigua and Barbuda Youth Symphony Orchestra

In early July ROSL Artistic Director Geoff Parkin travelled to Antigua with ROSL alumni, clarinettist Jordan Black and violinist William Newell to work with the Antigua and Burbuda Youth Symphony Orchestra. Alongside the ROSL delegation were ten students from the Purcell School for Young Musicians, a student from Wells Cathedral School, all headed by Alison Cox OBE, head of composition at The Purcell School and founder of The Commonwealth Resounds, of which Geoff Parkin is a patron. 

ROSL Welcomes Riverley Primary School for Music Workshop

In a new departure for ROSL we were pleased to welcome 25 schoolchildren from Riverley Primary School in Leyton on Friday to participate in a workshop with Kabantu, winners of the Mixed Ensembles prize in the 2017 ROSL Annual Music Competition. 

ROSL WWI Commemorations Conclude

Yesterday saw ROSL's Remembrance activities commerating the centenary of the end of the First World War conclude, with a moving memorial service and a concert from the London Military Band. 

Rush Hour Returns

With ROSL's Fringe series of recitals complete for another year, all eyes to turn back to the clubhouse, where an exciting season of events starts in September and will see the return of the Rush Hour concerts. First up, BBC Radio's Clare Teal will give us a jazz-infused set on Tuesday 10 September. 

Sage Advice From AMC Alumni

It's now less than a week until the start of the 2020 Annual Music Competition Section Finals! Each week from 11 February, exceptionally talented young musicians taking to the stage of the Princess Alexandria Hall to compete for a place in the Gold Medal Final. As final preparations get underway for our soloists, we ask previous winners how they dealt with the nerves and what advice they have for this year's entrants. 

Shakespeare for Summer: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, a staple of the school english literature curriculum for decades, is one of the most well-loved Shakespeare plays of the last two centuries and it's coming to ROSL on Friday 5 July. 

Sharing Art Over-Seas

A principle of the Royal Over-Seas League is the ambition to maintain social and cultural links worldwide. With half of our members overseas, sharing the work we do in our clubhouses is often challenging, particularly in relation to exhibitions of visual art. Luckily with our smartened-up website, we now have the ability to bring the work in the London clubhouse to you.

Singapore Success for B-L Piano Duo

On Monday evening, our 2017 Annual Music Competition ensemble prizewinners the B-L Piano took to the stage at the Esplanade Recital Studio, Singapore, for an evening of contemporary music that The Straits Times called an "amazing spectacle of these two truly virtuoso players performing death-defying pianistic feats in tandem and with such apparent ease."

Singing Their Praises

Last night saw the Vocal Section Final of this year's Annual Music Competition take place at Over-Seas House. The four competitors were in fine form, treating us to a varied programme of Mozart, Sibelius, Walton, and Butterworth. 

Sir David Brewer Portrait Completed

As is tradition with all past Chairmen, ROSL has commissioned a portrait of Sir David Brewer to remember all that he did for the organisation during his tenure as Chairman. 

SongPath Now Open for Registration

On Sunday 16 June 2019 SongPath will hold its inaugural celebration of the restorative powers of walking, talking and music making in the wonderful landscapes of South Cumbria. 

Soothe Those Commuter Blues at ROSL Rush Hour Concerts

Tired of the crush to get home everyday? Take shelter from the rush hour with our new concert series, launching on 2 April. 

Strings Attached

Last night marked the half way point of our Annual Music Competition with our Strings Section Final. Despite the freezing weather, five musicians battled through the snow to perform for us. The evening gave us true variety, highlighting the breadth of instruments in the strings family with performances on harp, cello, viola, guitar, and violin. 

Strings Attached

In the latest Section Final of the 2020 AMC, last night it was the turn of four Strings soloists to take to the stage and compete for the £5,000 section prize and a place in the Gold Medal Final in June. 

Teamwork on Display

With our four soloists chosen the 2020 AMC Gold Medal Final, it is now the turn of the ensembles to take centre stage. Last night, four string ensembles took to the Princess Alexandra Hall stage to compete for the £10,000 Section Final win and a chance to perform at the Gold Medal Final. 

The AMC Returns

Tuesday evening will see our Annual Music Competition (AMC) return to the Princess Alexandra Hall with the first of our Section Finals, for Wind and Brass. Now in its 66th year, the AMC will see some of the best talent from young musicians around the Commonwealth compete for our Gold Medal prize. This is your opportunity to see the ROSL AMC 2018 winner first and get a glimpse into the fantastic future stars of the classical music world.

The Art of Architecture

To celebrate the opening of ROSL's latest exhibition, Drawn to Architecture, this week, Overseas spoke to one of the exhibiting artists in the latest issue. Anne Desmet RA, tells us about the overlap between the two disciplines of art and architecture and how it has influenced her work. 

The Fringe in Pictures

As the dust settles on another successful concert series at the Edinburgh Fringe, we take a look back at some of the memorable moments from the past two weeks. 

The Key to Success

Last night we had our final solo Section Final for this year's Annual Music Competition, and this week it was the turn of the pianists. For the second week we had five extraordinary young musicians vying for the chance to win £5,000 and a place in our Gold Medal Final. 

The Key to Success

The last of the solo Section Finals of this year's Annual Music Competition took place yesterday evening. A capacity crowd filled the Princess Alexandra Hall to listen to four talented young pianists compete for the Keyboard Section prize of £5,000 and a chance to compete at the Gold Medal Final at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 30 May. 

The Key to Success

Our last soloist has made it through to the Gold Medal Final of the 2020 Annual Music Competition. In a hard-fought Section Final last night, five young musicians battled it out take home the £5,000 Keyboard Prize and a coveted spot in the final.