The Magic Lamp Opens

Wednesday evening saw the unveiling of ROSL's latest exhibition, The Magic Lamp: Dreams of our Age by artist Rosemary Clunie and writer Ben Okri. 

The Marriage of Music and Art

ROSL's activities in both music and the visual arts stretch back decades, with the Annual Music Competition celebrating its 66th year in 2018, and our programme of rolling exhibitions beginning in the 1980s. With such a rich history, it was decided in 1985 to marry these two, often disparate, forms of artistic expression. 

The Pettman's Musical Legacy

To commemorate 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, the newly formed Pettman Ensemble will be performing an evening of chamber music at the London clubhouse on Wednesday 29 November. 

The ROSL Collection

Many of you visiting the clubhouse will have noticed the wonderful artwork adorning our walls. Not just the exhibitions, centred on the Central Lounge, which change every three months, but all the other beautiful portraits and pieces scattered around the rooms, halls and staircases of the building. ROSL ARTS is currently undertaking an extensive cataloguing exercise to find out exactly what is up on our walls and what is currently tucked away in storage. Some of the artwork dates back to the very beginnings of the organisation and some is much more recent, so why undertake this massive task now? The reasons are threefold. 

The Unsung Hero of the AMC

Not just the star of the Keyboard Section Final, our beautiful Steinway Model D provides accompaniment during virtually all other rounds of the Annual Music Competition. Given its workload, it needs careful care to ensure it plays and sounds as good as it possibly can. 

There's NO PLACE Like Home

ROSL ARTS and BEARSPACE are delighted to launch NO PLACE, an exhibition of emerging artists work examining the theme of finding home at Over-Seas House from Friday 15 September until January 2018. 

They Came From Far and Wide

Thursday evening saw the penultimate event of the Annual Music Competition with our Overseas Final, which celebrates the musicians from our Section Finals who hail from overseas, and this year we had four incredible musicians from New Zealand and Australia. 

This History of Princess Alexandra Hall

Many of you who have visited the clubhouse over the years will have experienced a wonderful event in the Princess Alexandra Hall, which formed the centrepiece of the Westminster Wing when built in 1937. In Adele Smith's history of the Royal Over-Seas League, she explains the storied history of the room. 

Those Who Don’t Believe in Magic Will Never Find it

“Magic is something we have been delighted, entertained and terrified by for thousands of years: it demands our attention,” Maev Kennedy, special writer for The Guardian, challenges the audience of last night's Drawing Room Discussion to disagree. 

Tune into the 20s with Alex Mendham and his Orchestra

Luxuriate in an evening of 1920s style and sophistication with Alex Mendham and his Orchestra performing well-loved songs by Gershwin, Porter and Berlin for your enjoyment on Friday 29 November at Over-Seas House. 

Visual Art Scholarship Open Call

Yesterday, ROSL ARTS launched a very exciting new venture as the Open Call for their 2018 Visual Art Scholarship with The Art House in Wakefield went live! 

Voicing Their Ambitions

Last night saw the second of our solo Section Finals take place in the Princess Alexandra Hall, as five talented young soloists competed for the £5,000 Singers Prize and a place in the Gold Medal Final in June. With a wealth of repertoire to choose from, the audience and our jury were wowed by the exceptional musicianship on display. 

Walking to Frieze

A Saturday stroll has never been quite like this!  Following art historian, author and TV presenter Richard Stemp through the streets of Mayfair and Soho, members were invited to  to explore the two sides of the upcoming Art Fairs, Frieze London and Frieze Masters, as part of a tour by ROSL ARTS and Art History UK. All the visits were planned to look at both the contemporary side of the art world as well as the historic that has come before and set the scene. 

Watch: Escape Rush Hour with Kabantu

Winners of the 2017 Mixed Ensembles prize at the ROSL Annual Music Competition, Kabantu, will be returning to the Princess Alexandra Hall on Tuesday 25 June for the latest in our ROSL Rush Hour concert series. 

Watch: If the Walls Could Talk

Many aspects of Over-Seas House have seen several iterations over the years, none moreso than the art adorning our walls. As part of ROSL ARTS' programme of rolling exhibitions, the artwork in the Central Lounge, Duke of York Bar, Gibbs staircase, and dotted elsewhere in the clubhouse, is currently changing from the hugely successful to Edit, Adapt, Evolve exhibition to a new exhibition themed around memory, in partnership with the Printmakers Council.

Watch: Pop Up Creators

Visitors to the ROSL clubhouse in Spring 2018 will remember the wonderful exhibition featuring leperello stories from young illustrators across the Baltics and the UK, which was hosted in partnership with Pop Up Projects. 

Watch: Relive the AMC Gold Medal Final

Missing your musical fix today? Then why not relive all the excitement of the 2019 Annual Music Competition (AMC) Gold Medal Final, which took place at the Southbank Centre in May. Watch the future of classical music compete for the £15,000 first prize. And don't forget ROSL will be bringing together its AMC alumni for two weeks over concerts next month at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Take a look at the programme here

Watch: ROSL International Residencies

We are still welcoming applications for our international residencies. Last year we re-launched our residency programme with The Art House in Wakefield and the brilliant Buhle Wonder Mbambo and Joey Chin, watch here to find out more about their experience. 

Watch: The Importance of Music Education

ROSL prides itself on the good it can do for 'humanity at large', one of our founding principles. Today, that is most often achieved through our support of the arts and of education. While not often bringing these two facets of the club together, earlier this year we put music education centre stage. In July, ROSL we were pleased to welcome 25 schoolchildren from Riverley Primary School in Leyton to participate in a workshop with Kabantu, winners of the Mixed Ensembles prize in the 2017 ROSL Annual Music Competition. 

Watch: What Does the AMC Mean to You?

The Annual Music Competition has been a part of the ROSL calendar for more than 65 years, growing in scope and stature to become world renowned for the quality of young musicians it attracts and the long-standing relationship it builds with its alumni, helping musicians to build their careers in classical music long after they have competed. 

Webinar: High Commissioner for Antigua and Barbuda HE Karen-Mae Hill

UK High Commissioner for Antigua and Barbuda, and founder of the Antigua and Barbuda Youth Symphony Orchestra, Her Excellency Karen-Mae Hill joins ROSL Artistic Director Geoff Parkin on 22 July for a chat about the project to bring orchestral music and learning to Antigua and Barbuda. They will also be joined by manager of the orchestra Claudine Benjamin. 

When Four Become Five

Last night the audience in the Princess Alexandra Hall were treated to a special performance of Schubert's String Quintet in C Major by ROSL prizewinners the Marmen Quartet and cellist John Myerscough, in the latest of our ROSL Rush Hour concert series.

Wole Talabi Wins ROSL Readers' Award in Caine Prize for African Writing

Nigerian writer Wole Talabi has won the inaugural ROSL Readers' Award as part of the 2018 Caine Prize for African Writing with his piece ‘Wednesday’s Story’. The prize is £1,000 and a commission to write an original piece to be published in an upcoming edition of Overseas

WWI Remembrance at ROSL

Autumn will see ROSL honour those who fought and lost their lives during the First World War as commemorations reach a climax, marking the centenary of Armistice on 11 November 1918. 

WWI Remembrance: Never Such Innocence

Last night we saw the second of our three First World War Concerts Never Such Innocencewith actor Christopher Kent and ROSL prizewinner Gamal Khamis. This show is touring the UK and we were happy to have the opportunity to present it to our ROSL members so close to the centenary of armistice. 

WWI Remembrance: The Music of Britain and France

Last night saw ROSL musical alumni from around the world gather to honour the memory of those who fought in the First World War, with particular emphasis on the composers whose works reflected the changing attitudes towards the hostilities. 

Young Masters Exhibition Opens

Last night the London Clubhouse welcomed visitors to Young Masters, a new exhibition in partnership with the Cynthia Corbitt Gallery. 

Younger Members' Reception

Last night saw new younger members and prospective members come together in the beautiful surroundings of the Willingdon Drawing Room for an evening of drinks and discussion, plus a chance to meet the Younger Members Committee and find out about all that the club has to offer.