Sharing creativity with you, wherever you are

While the clubhouse was closed in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, we all found ways to stay connected and engaged with the outside world. For the young musicians, artists and writers we have the privilege of supporting, it was also their aim to stay creative. Take a look below at some of the ways in which ROSL alumni made sure their artistic output wasn't diminished by the isolation we all found ourselves in.

This project would not have been 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

Baritone Kieran Rayner (winner of the Phillip Crawshaw Memorial Prize for an Oustanding Musician from Overseas 2018) and pianist Gamal Khamis (joint winner of the ROSL collaborative piano award 2017 at the Annual Music Competition) perform Wohin from Die schöne Müllerin by Schubert. 

Catch last week's webinar again to hear ROSL Artistic Director Geoff Parkin talk to clarinettist Robert Plane, winner of the 1992 Annual Music Competition Gold Medal. Hear him discuss his career since winning and forthcoming move to become Head of Woodwind at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. 

The Hermes Experiment, winners of the ROSL Mixed Ensembles Prize at the 2019 Annual Music Competition, perform their own arrangement of Fantoches from Debussy's Fêtes galantes Book 1 for today's ROSL at Home video, in which each member performs their part remotely.

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.