Sharing creativity with you, wherever you are

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. Take a look below at some of the ways in which ROSL alumni are making sure their artistic output isn't diminished by the isolation we all find ourselves currently in.

This project would not be possible without the generous support of members all over the world. Thank you to the generosity of donors such as Ian and Susan Pettman, who have allowed us to pay a small fee to the artists you see below for their work. If you would like to support the livelihoods of these young musicians and artists, please visit www.rosl.org.uk/supportus

In today's ROSL at Home video, The Solem Quartet have come together, socially distanced of course, to perform for members. Winners of the Ensemble Prize at the 2014 Annual Music Competition, the quartet perform Hymn to the Sun from The Golden Cockerel Rimsky-Korsakov/Kreisler arr. Amy Tress. 

Our latest virtual exhibition is now up on the virtual walls of Over-Seas House. Women by Women showcases the varied works of four talented female artists; Marcelina Amelia, Rosie Emerson, Delphine Lebourgeois and Maria Rivans, in partnership with Liberty Gallery. 

As we continue our journey through nearly 70 years of music making at ROSL's Annual Music Competition, today you can listen to prizewinners from the 1990s and 2000s, including Ben Schoeman, Amy Dickson, Yelian He, Jonathan Lemalu, and many more. As well forging solo careers, many of the recordings also feature collaborations between ROSL alumni.

Pianist Alexander Soares, winner of the Annual Music Competition Gold Medal in 2015, brings you the second movement of the Piano Sonata by Frank Bridge in today's ROSL at Home video. Written in response to the Great War, and shortly after the Spanish Flu pandemic, it feels quite appropriate for these challenging times. 

To continue our celebration of nearly 70 years of helping young musicians via ROSL's Annual Music Competition, today you can listen to some of the prizewinners that came through the doors of Over-Seas House during the 1970s and 80s, including Melvyn Tan piano, Susan Chilcott soprano, and many more. 

2010 ROSL International Residency recipient Shake Makelele is a painter, who visited the UK with the support of ROSL tospend time working at Hospitalfield in ScotlandHe exhibited his work after spending time in the UK and is now sharing some of his work and his experience of working in isolation. 

ROSL has been supporting young musicians from around the Commonwealth via its Annual Music Competition for nearly 70 years. To celebrate this incredible history and family of AMC alumni, we will be looking back at some of the stars to come out the competition decade by decade and enjoying their music. Today, listen to the winners from the 1950s and 60s. 

In 2019, ROSL presented an exhibition exploring the theme of Architecture and one of the featured artists, Mairi Timoney, has shared her story of art in isolation with us. Read how she is adapting to working from home and what plans have had to change as a result of quarantine. 

In today's ROSL at Home video, Visual Arts Curator Eilidh McCormick speaks to ROSL alumni artist and founder of #ArtistSupportPledge, Matthew Burrows, to find out more about the creative initiative he founded as a reaction to COVID-19, which aims to bolster the income of artists when other sources have been lost as a result of the pandemic.