• ROSL AT HOME

    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.

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

Winner of the Keyboard Prize at the 2011 AMC, Ashley Fripp returns with the second movement of Schubert's Sonata in B flat major D960. So different in atmosphere to the piece by Chopin he played for us earlier this week, Ashley explains his reasons for wanting to record the Schubert below: 

Looking to improve your drawing skills? Then why not join artist Francis Martin, who will take you through the steps of how to draw a spherical object in our first Draw at Home video. All you need is a pencil, paper and a speherical household object! Francis will be back with more videos before joining us at the clubhouse later in the year for a class. 

Pianist Ashley Fripp, winner of ROSL Keyboard Prize at the 2011 Annual Music Competition, plays Chopin's Impromptu No 1 in A flat major, Op 29 from home. Ashley has kindly filmed two videos for your enjoyment, look out for the second in a few days time. We hope to see him back in the clubhouse putting our Steinway Model D through its paces very soon!

Looking for a way to get creative while stuck at home? Why not take part in ROSL's biennial charity exhibition, Incognito. Submit your own anonymous postcard artwork and help to raise money for the arts and education programmes ROSL supports around the Commowealth and beyond. 

Winner of the Gold Medal at last year's Annual Music Competition, trombonist Kris Garfitt gives us a new perspective on a Eurovision Song Contest winner! Hear him perform Amar Pelos Dois alongside pianist Seri Dan, which won the contest in the hands of Portugese singer-songwriter Salvador Sobral.

2019 ROSL International Residency recipient Cole Ndelu is a photographer and self-described 'visual communicator', who visited the UK last year with the support of ROSL, to exhibit at the Art House in Wakefield. Find out how she has been looking after herself, staying positive and making plans for when life gets back to normal.

Annual Music Competition alumni Helen Sherman is an Australian mezzo soprano now based in the UK. Listen to her discuss her debut at the Royal Opera House last week, the way she found out about the closure of cultural venues across the UK and her beautiful rendition of A Sprig of Thyme by by Percy Grainger for us. 

With many people around the world now in self- and government-imposed isolation, can creativity still flourish? We ask 2019 ROSL Visual Arts Scholar Joey Chin how her output has been impacted by the spread of coronavirus.