Sharing creativity with you, wherever you are

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.

ROSL Artistic Director Geoff Parkin catches up with violinist Emily Sun (ROSL Gold Medal winner 2016) and pianist Ashley Fripp (ROSL Keyboard Prize winner 2011) as they navigate through the lockdown period. Hear each discuss how they are keeping busy, what its like performing online and their experience of music competitions. 

Soprano Sian Dicker, winner of ROSL Singers Prize at this year's Annual Music Competition, and pianist Mairi Grewar perform Zueignung by Strauss. Keep an eye on www.rosl.org.uk/events to find out when Sian will be returning to compete in the postponed Gold Medal Final. 

Multidisciplinary artist Dimple B Shah talking with ROSL Visual Arts Curator Eilidh McCormick, shows where she is working and how she is staying creative in lockdown. To coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week, she also discusses her work's relevance to mental health, something thrown into the spotlight for many facing government-imposed isolation. 

Artist Francis Martin returns for another Draw at Home video, which aims to give you the basic skills needed to draw from life. This time around, he is tackling flowers, so pick up a pencil and paper and join in with him as he gives you a step by step guide of how to master this technique. 

Welcome back to cellist Leo Popplewell, winner of the Ensembles Prize at the 2019 Annual Music Competition alongside the Mithras Trio, who returns for his third and most ambitious ROSL at Home video yet, playing the first movement (Fast) of Steve Reich's Cello Counterpoint. 

With the walls of the clubhouse currently inaccessible for our next exhibition, we have created a virtual Duke of York Bar to showcase our latest exhibition; As they were and will be again, hosted in partnership with the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA), with works which reflect the beauty of the outdoors and community, something we strive to be a part of again.