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. 

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: Maria Rivans

With our latest exhibition, Women by Women, now up on the virtual walls of Over-Seas House, this is an opportunity to find out more about the exhibiting artists, their work and their careers. Maria Rivans is a contemporary British artist, known for her scrapbook-style collage aesthetic. 

Meet the Finalists: Joseph Havlat

Last but by no means least, we introduce Australian pianist Joseph Havlat, who will be one of four soloists competing for the Gold Medal and first prize of £15,000 at next week's Annual Music Competition Final, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 30 May.

Meet the Finalists: Kris Garfitt

The Annual Music Competition (AMC) Gold Medal Final is now only days away. Before we take our seats in the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 30 May, get to know the four soloists who are competing the Gold Medal and first prize of £15,000. First up, trombonist Kris Garfitt. For the past two years, the winner has come from the wind and brass section; in the form of James Buckle bass trombone and Jonathan Radford saxophone; can Kris make it a hat-trick? 

Meet the Finalists: Roberto Ruisi

In the run-up to this year's Annual Music Competition (AMC) Gold Medal Final, we are introducing the four soloists competing for the first prize of £15,000. This week, meet British violinist Roberto Ruisi. 

Mixing it Up

Last night saw the last of our Section Finals for the Annual Music Competition, with our mixed ensembles final. Four groups took to the stage to compete to be our final Section prizewinner.

Mixing it Up

The penultimate evening of Section Finals for this year's Annual Music Competition took place last night, with four mixed ensembles taking to the stage to perform a hugely varied programme. The most eclectic of the sections, music was stretched to its limits with these wonderfully creative ensembles. 

Mountbatten Returns

We are pleased to share that the portrait of Lord Mountbatten by Frank Beresford has been restored and returned to Over-Seas House. 

Music & More Reaches Halfway Mark

The first week of ROSL's 'Music & More @ 100 Princes Street' Edinburgh Fringe Programme has been hugely popular so far, with performances from a range of ROSL scholars and Annual Music Competition past winners. 

New Exhibition at Over-Seas House Next Week

ROSL Arts are proud to work with the Cynthia Corbett Gallery to present a selection of works from a wide range of emerging and established artists at Over-Seas House, London. The new exhibition will be installed next week, with a private view on Thursday 29 June. To attend, visit the ROSL website.

New Exhibition Just Days Away

As we speak, ROSL's latest exhibition is being installed at Over-Seas House. The work of artist Rosemary Clunie and writer Ben Okri, the exhibition wraps the Central Lounge in a story and the viewer is transported through the text and images that flow within the space.

NO SPACE Private View Tonight

The London clubhouse plays host to a new exhibition from today, NO SPACE, a collaboration between ROSL ARTS and BEARSPACE, with the private view taking place this evening. Guest wishing to attend, please RSVP here

NTU: UBULAWU First UK Solo Exhibition

ROSL ARTS are proud to share a project that will be opening next week, all of which has come to fruition through the work of our own Visual Art Scholarship. NTU: UBULAWU is the first UK solo exhibition by South African-based collective NTU.

Overseas Award Goes to Benson Wilson

Last night saw the final clubhouse-based concert of this year's Annual Music Competition, in which the most outstanding overseas musicians from the previous weeks' Section Finals were invited back to compete for the Overseas Award. 

Perfect Weather for a Garden Party

Last night, members and Friends of ROSL ARTS gathered in the beautiful balmy weather of the ROSL garden for a party that celebrates the work of the arts team in supporting young musicians, visual artists and writers from around the Commonwealth. 

Photographers Come to ROSL

The Royal Over-Seas League Photography Exhibition opened last night, presenting the top photographs selected by an expert panel of judges from our ROSL Photography Competition, capturing the contemporary Commonwealth, through the theme of Style. 

Picture This: Sketching Edinburgh Castle

It was a beautiful afternoon when artist and author Damian Callan stood in front of the vast windows of the Stevenson room presenting a demonstration and discussion. Callan is a figurative painter based in Edinburgh and the author of the books Paint Like Degas and Paint Like Renoir.

Pop Up Creators Come to ROSL

A new exhibition featuring diverse emerging artists from across the UK and the Baltic states is coming to the London clubhouse next week, Pop Up Creators opens to the public on Tuesday 10 April. The young artists, all under 26 and 80% of whom have English as a second language and/or are BAME, have worked under the guidance of their mentors to produce illustrated graphic stories in a distinct ‘leporello’ (concertina) format.