Last night our audience was treated to a moving musical tribute to Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, patron of Royal Over-Seas League from 1952 - 2022.
The concert's programme reflected the Queen's life in music. The service of Her Late Majesty touched on all aspects of British life, not least the rich and varied music scene which emerged throughout the 20th century. This concert celebrates some of the music with which Queen Elizabeth II had a close connection, from the Nursery Suite, composed by Edward Elgar near the end of his life, in tribute to Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret at the start of theirs, to music featured in her 1953 coronation.
The Queen continued the tradition started in 1626 of appointing a Master of the Queen’s Music (Elgar had held the role during the reign of George V) and we feature music here from the third holder of the role during her reign, Sir Peter Maxwell-Davies.
Her Late Majesty became patron of the Royal Over-Seas League in 1952, following the death of her Father, the same year in which our renowned ROSL Annual Music Competition was inaugurated, and she remained our patron for 70 years, supporting our work in the service of exceptional young musicians from all over the world as they embark on their careers.
The concert paid tribute to her Late Majesty’s support and patronage of the Royal Over-Seas League and to her fervent dedication to music.
The concert featured some of our fantastic ROSL Annual Music Competition prizewinners, pianists George Todică and Dominic Doutney, soprano Cassandra Wright and harpist Oliver Wass.