Since 2016, ROSL has been a part of the conversation about the benefits of good arts and music education and promoted arts education opportunities for young people. This has manifested itself most fully in our partnerships with the Griffin Schools Trust in the UK and the Antigua and Barbuda Youth Symphony Orchestra (ABYSO) in the Caribbean.
Griffin Schools Trust is a multi-academy trust of 13 schools based in the West Midlands, Kent and East London. The trust has a strong commitment to embedding music into the curriculum of every student, building social confidence, raising overall learning standards, and unlocking undiscoverd artistic potential for many recipients. ROSL has a partnership with the Griffin Schools Trust, offering outreach and development opportunities to school age students. Griffin students have benefitted from workshops with Britten Sinfonia and Kabantu here at ROSL as well as visual arts sessions with Eilidh McCormick, ROSL Visual Arts Curator. In November 2020 students at Stantonbury International School will take part in two Go Compose Days, as part of the ROSL Composition Award.
ROSL ARTS also supports the Antigua and Barbuda Youth Symphony Orchestra, with ROSL prizewinners working with the orchestra each summer on their orchestra courses. We also funded scholarships for young Antiguan Musicians to continue their music education for a year, and we are keen to grow and enhance our support for this vital work. In 2020 and in response to the COVID-19 situation ROSL and The ROSL Trust have been pleased to support six ROSL musicians leading weekly mentoring classes for various sections of the orchestra. Taking place over Zoom, tutors have reported great progress to date and we hope to continue this work into 2021.