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 Searches for its First Artist-in-Residence

ROSL's longstanding commitment to the arts and education are being combined in a new role at ROSL and Riverley Primary School, which is generously funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund. 

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. 

Sean Shibe Live From Over-Seas House

One of the foremost guitarists of his generation, our 2011 ROSL AMC Gold Medallist Sean Shibe returns to ROSL for this special livestream concert on 20 November. 

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. 

Sir Evelyn Wrench Portrait Restoration Completed

The restoration of the historic ROSL art collection continues and we are pleased that when the club reopens we will have the restored portrait of Sir Evelyn Wrench by Oswald Birley back on the wall. 

Slide Action Win AMC Mixed Ensembles Prize

Finally! The 2020 Annual Music Competition has made a triumphant return to ROSL, following a hiatus of more than six months. Last night, the Mixed Ensembles Section Final took place in a socially-distanced Princess Alexandra Hall, where trombone quartet Slide Action took home not one, but two prizes. 

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 Fashion for Japan in Europe

Join us at 11am BST on 11 August for our latest webinar, which explores the impact of Japan - its culture, traditions of craftsmanship and encounters with Western traders - on European interiors and the decorative and performing arts. 

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. 

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.