ROSL ARTS BC Scholarship Auditions Tomorrow

Auditions for the 2018 ROSL ARTS Scholarship for a BC Emerging Musician are happening tomorrow at the University of British Columbia, with ROSL ARTS Director Geoff Parkin flying out to be a part of the judging panel. 

ROSL ARTS BC Scholarship Winner Announced

Following the success of the 2017 ROSL ARTS Scholarship for a BC Emerging Musician, which was won by Kristen Cooke oboe, the 2018 auditions were held last weekend at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and a winner has been chosen! 

ROSL ARTS Garden (sic) Party

Last night we celebrated our annual ROSL ARTS Garden Party which, despite the wet weather, had a lovely turn out. 

ROSL ARTS Garden Party

Last night the weather was kind to ROSL ARTS as we celebrated our second Garden Party of the summer. The evening began in the garden overlooking Green Park, with Friends of ROSL ARTS catching up over prosecco and canapés. 

ROSL ARTS Goes Global

Calling our Singapore members! Our Annual Music Competition supports young musicians from all over the Commonwealth, and many go on to perform internationally, giving all our members the opportunity to see them live. On 20 August, our 2017 ensemble prizewinners the B-L Piano duo will be performing an evening of contemporary music at the Esplanade Recital Studio, Singapore.

ROSL ARTS Heads North

Last week ROSL ARTS ventured up to Manchester to support our 2018 Visual Art Scholars as they presented work at Manchester Contemporary Art Fair from 12 – 14 of October. This was the tenth year of the fair in Manchester and we were very excited to have been involved for the first time with Buhle Wonder Mbambo, Joey Chin and The Art House in Wakefield. 

ROSL ARTS Presents Drawing Room Discussions

We'd like to invite you to a new discussions series taking place in the Drawing Room of the London clubhouse, hosted by the Arts Society and ROSL ARTS. Curated by arts correspondent for The Guardian, Maev Kennedy, Drawing Room Discussions is an opportunity to hear from some high profile cultural figures on topics that captivate them. 

ROSL ARTS Scholars: Stephanie Hier

On Friday 15 June, ROSL ARTS travelled to Glasgow to see the fruits of our Visual Art Scholarship 2017 with Artist Stephanie Hier, David Dale Gallery, and our residency at Hospitalfield. 

ROSL Brings the Fringe to London

With the Edinburgh Festival Fringe another casualty of Covid-19, ROSL has taken matters into its own hands and will instead be bringing its usual packed schedule of concerts to the clubhouse in London in 2021, so you can still can get your fix of the finest live music this August. 

ROSL Celebrates BBC Music Day

The fifth annual BBC Music Day takes place next Thursday 26 September, celebrating the power of music in changing lives, with thousands of events and concerts taking place across the UK. ROSL will be taking part with a special concert from the NOK Orchestra is a Nigerian performing group formed in 2015 by the Nigerian-Irish born British composer and multi-instrumentalist, Tunde Jegede. 

ROSL Composition Award

Submissions have now closed for the inaugral ROSL Composition Award 2020. Please check this page later in the year for more information on future ROSL Composition Awards. 

The Royal Over-Seas League is pleased to introduce the new ROSL Composition Award 2020, in association with the London Sinfonietta. Advanced young professional composers aged 18-35 are invited to apply for one of six places to workshop a short original work with London Sinfonietta, following which one composer will be selected to win the award, and a £3,000 commission to compose a 12-15 minute chamber work for six players and conductor, to be premiered by London Sinfonietta in July 2021 at the Southbank Centre.

ROSL is committed to unlocking the musical potential of schoolchildren in partnership with the Griffin Schools Trust, and we will run three Go Compose! days in secondary schools in Bedworth, Milton Keynes and East London as part of this award. Shortlisted composers will be invited to attend and assist on these days.


Cheryl Frances-Hoad
Gavin Higgins
Tina Speed (Chester Music)
Errollyn Wallen CBE

Eligibility & timeline

The ROSL Composition Award 2020 is open to citizens of the UK and Commonwealth, including former Commonwealth countries, for composers from the age of 18 up to and including the age of 35 as of 31 December 2020. You must have citizenship at the time of application. Applicants must include a scan of their birth certificate or passport at the time of entry.

This is an open call and the only requirement is you have two professional referees who will vouch for you. Scores can be in any type of notation. We particularly welcome submissions from artists from a non-classical background, as well as music creators from historically under-represented groups or communities such as BAME (black, Asian or minority ethnic), LGBT, and those with a disability. There is no fee payable to enter for this award.

Deadline for first round applications: Friday 29th May 2020 at 5pm.

First round applications assessed, and applicants notified of results by the end of June 2020.

Six finalists compose 1-2 mins original work/sketch and submit by 5th October 2020.

Workshop day with London Sinfonietta on 9th November 2020. Winner announced shortly after.

Winner to extend short work into 12-15 mins chamber work for premiere on 7 July 2021 at Southbank Centre.



ROSL International Residencies Now Open

The Royal Over-Seas League is once again inviting applications from artists who would like to spend two months in the UK on a fully funded residency. We have two residencies available for artists who are from Commonwealth or former Commonwealth countries and have never studied or exhibited in the UK. 

ROSL International Residency Applications Closing Soon

We have a little over a week left for applications to our International Residency with The Art House in Wakefield. If you're an artist early in your career from outside the UK, this could be a great opportunity for you to work, network and develop as part of our fully-funded residency programme. 

ROSL International Residency Artists Impress in Manchester

In September, ROSL welcomed Cole Ndelu and Dimple Shah to the UK for our ROSL International Residency with The Art House in Wakefield. On 11 October, Cole and Dimple presented work at Manchester Contemporary art fair, sharing their brilliant work and spreading the word about ROSL over the weekend. 

ROSL Launches New Composition Award

ROSL's long history of supporting young musicians, mostly notably through the Annual Music Competition over the past 70 years, has nurtured the performance side of music making. We now want to build on this tradition with a brand-new Composition Award in association with the London Sinfonietta, which seeks to give those behind the music a chance to shine. 

ROSL On The Road: Buxton International Festival

One of ROSL's founding principles, as enshrined in our Royal Charter, is to promote international friendship and understanding. This is achieved through our many international branches, our education projects and our arts programme. The latter provides scholarships for international musicians and visuals artists and performance opportunities around the world, to get ROSL out beyond the four walls of the clubhouse. This weekend, two ROSL Annual Music Competition headed to the Buxton International Festival. 

ROSL on the Road: Wakefield

Yesterday Geoff Parkin, our Director of Arts, and Eilidh McCormick, our Visual Art Curator, visited The Art House in Wakefield to celebrate the 2018 ROSL Residency and the fantastic artists we hosted. 

ROSL on the Road: Wakefield Celebrations

Calling all members in the north of England! ROSL is on the road again next week, with a special event taking place at the Art House in Wakefield to celebrate the end of residency for our two 2019 Visual Arts Scholars on Wednesday 30 October. 

ROSL Online Exhibition: Here But Where

Take a look at the new online exhibition created by artists Clare Charnley from the UK and Joey Chin from Singapore, a former recipient of ROSL's International Residency, which combines the work of both. 

ROSL People: Joey Chin

We are excited to share the work of our 2018 Visual Arts scholar Joey Chin as she exhibits at Leeds Arts University from 4 April to the 16 May 2019. The exhibition of Books given, books receivedis curated by Nick Norton and will be appropriately presented in the Blenheim Walk Library to be visited by appointment. Joey invites the audience to delve into the history of a book and the story surrounding the story, which links to memory and culture. She examines the emotional act of reading and sharing and the significance of books as objects. 

ROSL People: Jonathan Radford

Performing in our next ROSL Rush Hour concert on Tuesday 16 April, 2018 Gold Medal Winner at Annual Music Competition, Saxophonist Jonathan Radford discusses his life in music and what led him all the way to the £20,000 first prize. 

ROSL People: Judy McKenzie

In the latest edition of Overseas, creator of this year’s Overseas Award, ceramicist Judy McKenzie speaks to Mark Brierley about her lifelong love of the medium and the circuitous route she has taken to get to where she is today.

ROSL People: Mathilde Milwidsky

Violinist Mathilde Milwidsky won the String Competition at the 2017 ROSL Annual Music Competition (AMC), marking the start of what we hope will be a long association with ROSL. 

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.