Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Despite the inclement weather yesterday, the ROSL faithful made their way to St George's Church, Hanover Square, for a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. 

Final Days for Incognito

December saw the launch of ROSL’s second Incognito exhibition, which saw anonymously donated postcard artworks sold to raise money for our education projects throughout the Commonwealth. There's still time to get yourself some affordable art before the exhibition closes at the end of January. 

Florian Mitrea Receives Award Nomination

ROSL prides itself on helping to support our prizewinning musicians throughout their careers, by giving free rehearsal spaces, performance opportunities, or in several cases, hosting the launch of albums. One such launch, held in July here at the clubhouse, was that of British/Romanian pianist Florian Mitrea, who was the Keyboard Section Winner at this year's Annual Music Competition

For the Love of Reading

To celebrate ROSL’s longstanding connection with the Caine Prize, members this year have a chance to have their say on who should win the inaugural ROSL Readers’ Award.

Frieze Your Weekend Plans

Looking for something to do this weekend? There are a few spaces left on Saturday’s cultural tour Looking to Friezelead by author, presenter and art expert Richard Stemp. The tour builds up to the opening of the international Frieze Festival by looking at the two main aspects, the contemporary art of Frieze London and the historic side that is Frieze Masters

Fringe 2019: The Story So Far

Our 2019 ROSL Recitals series at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is now well-underway, with our exceptional AMC alumni and scholars coming together to delight the crowds. 

Fringe Benefits: Decades in the Making

2018 marks the 19th year ROSL has returned to Scotland for its annual award-winning series of concerts at the Fringe, but our connection to the Edinburgh International Festival actually goes back much further. 

Fringe Benefits: Get Your Golden Ticket

ROSL Recitals is returning to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe next month and this year we feature not one, not two, but three Annual Music Competition (AMC) Gold Medal winners. It is your chance to see some of the finest classical musicians the Commonwealth has produced. With 30 concerts spread over two weeks, the Royal Scots Club will be filled with mellifluous music from Monday 6 to Friday 7 August. 

Fringe Benefits: Korimako Piano Trio

As well as playing host to prizewinners from the Annual Music Competition, ROSL's Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme is also a chance for ROSL-backed scholars from around the Commonwealth to gain invaluable international performance experience and exposure. From the University of Auckland, the 2018 recipients of the ROSL/Pettman Scholarship for a New Zealand Chamber Ensemble are the Korimako Piano Trio. 

Fringe Benefits: Luís Santos

ROSL Recitals is now just days away! Starting on Monday 6 August at the Royal Scots Club, ROSL ARTS prizewinners and scholars will be taking to the stage three times a day, for 30 concerts in two weeks. Today, we speak to bassoonist Luís Santos, one of our scholars currently visiting the UK from Perth, Australia. Recently studying at the University of Western Australia, after his month-long trip he will begin studying at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam under the tutelage of Simon van Holen. 

Fringe Benefits: ROSL Recommends

The best thing about the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the huge diversity of shows on offer, with the roster seeming to grow in number and variety with every year. Where else can you see music, cabaret, dance, comedy, and theatre all in a day? 

Fringe Benefits: The Audience's Perspective

Over the last few weeks you've heard us wax lyrical about the many amazing musicians, both prizewinners from ROSL's Annual Music Competition (AMC) and scholars from across the Commonwealth, that are taking to the stage at the Fringe. With 'ROSL Recitals' now underway in Edinburgh, we can hear what the audience had to say about the first few concerts. 

Fringe: The Countdown Has Begun

Its now only a matter of days until the ROSL Recitals series of concerts returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for more than 30 concerts across two weeks. Running at the Royal Scots Club from Monday 5 to Friday 16 August 2019, ROSL Recitals is your chance to hear some of the best classical music available anywhere on the Fringe. 

Fringe: The Gold Standard

Next month, ROSL returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for its 20th anniversary concert programme, featuring a huge selection of past ROSL prizewinners and scholars from around the Commonwealth. The standard is incredibly high and among them, some five Annual Music Competition Gold Medal winners will be performing, showing that ROSL Recitals are really the best at the Fringe. Let's find out who the five winners returning this year are.

Fringe: The Reviews Are In

ROSL is lucky enough to see some of the same faces year after year at our concert series at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. This year, regular concert-goer Douglas Paton gave us his thoughts on the programme. 

From the Archives: A Letter from Princess Alexandra

Our Vice-Patron, HRH Princess Alexandra, has been an integral part of ROSL for decades, particularly when it comes to the Annual Music Competition. Her tireless support of the young musicians which take part every year has been a crucial part of the competition's continued success. We look back at her involvement with the club and the AMC over the years. 

From the Archives: Members Get Behind the Camera

With the entries for the new ROSL Photography Competition now flowing in, Archivist Natalia Sedunova looks back at the history of members getting behind the camera.

From the Archives: Photographic Competition

The interest in our new ROSL Photography Competition has been excellent, but did you know that this isn't the first time the organisation has run such a competition. Read an excerpt from a 1937 edition of Overseas, calling for submissions of photographs showing the coronation celebrations for King George VI.

Full House for Ashley Fripp

Tuesday night saw the launch of Ashley Fripp’s new solo piano CD in the Princess Alexandra Hall at ROSL HQ. Winner of the 2011 ROSL Keyboard Prize, Ashley has recorded the music of three composers, Bach, Chopin and one of the world’s most internationally acclaimed contemporary composers, Thomas Adès. 

Garden Parties: So Good We're Doing it Twice

Wine, canapés, music, good conversation and great views. What more could you ask for. Such is the popularity of ROSL's Summer Garden Parties, we will holding two this year, one on Wednesday 24 July and the second on Wednesday 4 September. 

Get cosy this autumn with London's art scene

As we make our way into Autumn with the night’s drawing in and the coats coming back out, the art world in London is shaking things up and ROSL ARTS have some recommendations of things to do and see.

Happy 100th to Bernstein

Last night saw ROSL ARTS join forces with the Park Lane Group to celebrate 100th anniversary of the birth Leonard Bernstein, renowned composer, conducter, and pianist. The evening saw four pianists perform all 29 Anniversaries composed by Bernstein with a special introduction to the concert from Bernstein academic, Humphrey Burton. 

Have Your Say: Caine Prize 2018

The ROSL Readers’ Award is now well underway and the votes have already started flowing in, who will win this year’s inaugural prize? The ROSL Readers’ Award offers members the chance to support African authors by bringing their writing to a wider audience. The ROSL Readers' Award recipient will receive £1,000 as well as a commission to write a short story for our very own Overseas Journal. 

Hitting All The Right Notes

Winner of the 2019 Annual Music Competition Gold Medal, trombonist Kris Garfitt tells Mark Brierley how he made it all the way to the Queen Elizabeth Hall and where he plans to go from here. 

Huw Wiggin Launches Reflections

Last night our 2015 Annual Music Competition Gold Medal winner, saxophonist Huw Wiggin, returned to ROSL to launch his album Reflections with Orchid Classics. The evening included a performance of selected tracks from the album along with pianist John Lenehan and harpist Oliver Wass, including Huw talking about his inspiration behind the album, followed by the chance to meet and chat with all the musicians over a glass of wine.

I Feel a Song Coming on...

Sit back, relax and be entertained as the Royal Academy of Music take you on a journey through the glorious lyrics of Dorothy Fields, from her famous 1920s pop songs to Broadway and Hollywood musicals.  This specially devised cabaret featuring Dorothy Fields’ work will be directed by George Hall with musical direction from Guy Frati and Alex Beetschen.

Incognito Launch

Last night saw the launch of the second Incognito exhibition, where anonymously donated postcard artworks were sold for £50 each, to raise money for ROSL's education projects. 

Incognito Postcards Still Available

Didn't manage to view our Incognito postcards last month? Don't worry, they are still available to view until the end of the month, with many artworks still available to buy for £50. You can view the postcards still for sale in the clubhouse or online. 

Incognito: Last Call for Entries

Visual Arts Curator Eilidh is busy sorting this year's entries for our Incognito exhibition, but don't worry if you haven't submitted yours yet, there's still time. 

Introducing ROSL at Home

With the clubhouse closed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we have all been finding ways to stay connected and engaged with the outside world. For the young musicians, artists and writers we have the privilege of supporting, it is also their aim to stay creative.