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.

In Case You Missed It

Our online event programme is as busy as ever as we move closer to reopening on 17 May. If you weren't able to enjoy them live, watch Isobel Williams' book talk and the Mithras Trio's concert online again here. 

In Case You Missed It: Mathilde Milwidsky

Last night, ROSL held its pre-lockdown last hurrah with a concert in the Princess Alexandra Hall in which AMC alum Mathilde Milwidsky violin performed on stage alongside John Reid piano. 

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 Returns Next Week

ROSL’s charity postcard exhibition Incognito returns next week, now in its third year! Over 150 artists from all over the world have created and donated artwork. 

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. 

Introducing… ROSL Rush Hour

In 2019, we are expanding our concert programme to include a new series called ROSL Rush Hour, at which we will present a diverse array of one-hour concerts specifically designed to help you take shelter from bustling streets of London in our beautiful Princess Alexandra Hall. 

It's Annual Music Competition time!

February and March at ROSL means it is Annual Music Competition time again! Now in its 65th year, the competition is one of the most highly regarded around and has an enviable record of identifying the finest young talent out there. Prizewinners of the competition become part of the ROSL “family” and many winners over the years have told of how they come to regard the clubhouse as a second home, for rehearsals, concerts and mentoring as they start to make their way in a tricky but rewarding industry.

Kabantu Concert Cancelled

Unfortunately the concert scheduled to take place tonight at Over-Seas House, An Evening With Kabantu, has had to be cancelled at the last minute, due to a family tragedy. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to them. 

If you have already booked a ticket, please note that refunds are being processed today and you shouldn't need to do anything. If you have any queries, please contact the ROSL ARTS team on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +44 (0)20 7408 0214 ext.216.

Korimako Piano Trio Win 2018 ROSL Pettman Scholarship Audition

Following auditions held at The Piano in Christchurch on 17 and 18 November, the Korimako Piano Trio have been selected to take up the Pettman/ROSL Scholarship for a New Zealand Chamber Ensemble in 2018. 

Leonard Bernstein's 100th Anniversary Celebration

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of renowned American composer and conducter Leonard Bernstein. Known for his long career as music director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, he was also a prolific composer, writing music for West Side StoryPeter Pan,CandideWonderful TownOn the Town, and On the Waterfront, among others. He also composed three symphonies and many other chamber and solo works. 

Let's Go Ferio

The winners of the Ensemble prize at the 2015 Annual Music Competition, the Ferio Saxophone Quartet, are touring New Zealand in November with ROSL ARTS, giving concerts in Auckland, Waiheke Island, Havelock North, Nelson, Christchurch, Oamaru, Wanaka and Queenstown. 

Life Drawing Class

It is a new year and your chance to embrace a new hobby! We are excited to offer Life Drawing Classes at the Royal Over-Seas League with the sought after artist Josie Deighton. 

Little Sparta Comes to the Edinburgh Clubhouse

Last week ROSL ARTS visited the Edinburgh clubhouse to present a talk about a work Little Sparta by Ian Hamilton Finlay. Professor Andrew Patrizio visited 100 Princes Street to share some information about the garden that is set in the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh. 

Live Music at Over-Seas House

We're very much looking forward to reopening the clubhouse next week and will be celebrating next month with some fantastic live music from the Princess Alexandra Hall for everyone to enjoy, whether there in person or online. 

Live Music Returns to Over-Seas House

After a break of nearly six months, live music has returned to Over-Seas House. On Friday afternoon, ROSL ARTS alumni returned to the Princess Alexandra Hall for a socially-distanced concert. 

Looking Local with Mayfair Art Weekend

ROSL ARTS are very proud to be taking part in Mayfair Art Weekend 2017, as one of over 60 galleries, auction houses, leading fashion brands and restaurants in Mayfair and St. James’s to open their doors to the public. This is the first year that the event is working in partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts, to celebrate the diverse offering of Mayfair as a vibrant hub of creativity and craftsmanship, where the worlds of art, fashion and luxury reside.

Luck of the Draw

This time last week was the first of our six drawing classes of 2019. Members are already getting excited about the second class in March!

Making Your Mark

Yesterday saw figurative artist Josie Deighton return to ROSL for another in our series of life drawing classes. 

Mayfair Art Weekend at ROSL

Mayfair and St James's was abuzz with art lovers this weekend, as galleries and exhibition spaces across the area opened their doors to the public to show them what the creative heart of London looks like. ROSL once again took part, beginning celebrations with the opening of our latest exhibition, in partnership with Liberty Gallery, on Thursday evening.

Meet the Artist: Connor Coulston

Many of you who have recently visited Over-Seas House will have seen the new exhibition adorning the walls of the Central Lounge, Gibbs staircase and Duke of York Bar. Run in partnership with the Printmakers Council, one of the most striking components is an installation in the back of the Bar by ceramicist Connor Coulston. Based on his nan's fireplace, read on to find out about Connor's work. 

Meet the Artist: Joey Chin

Join our live webinar on 1st September where we meet ROSL 2018 Artist in Residence Joey Chin. Joey will talk to ROSL's Visual Art Curator Eilidh McCormick about her work and how she has spent her time over the past few months, as well as demonstrating some of her origami work and teaching us how to create paper sculptures. 

Meet the Artist: Marcelina Amelia

To celebrate our latest exhibition transferring from the virtual to the actual walls of Over-Seas House next week, when the clubhouse reopens on 3 August, we meet one of the exhibiting artisits, Marcelina Amelia.