Throughout its 65 year history ROSL ARTS has supported hundreds of musicians, many of whom have gone on to incredible professional careers. Notable names include Jacqueline du Pre in 1961 and Jean Rigby in 1981. As part of our 65th Anniversary celebrations, we are bringing back some of our alumni for a celebration chamber concert on Thursday 26 October. 

This concert will feature prizewinning alumni from 1994 all the way up to 2017 that really do represent the history of ROSL ARTS.

Gillian Keith

The first piece to be performed will be Schubert’s The Shepherd on the Rock. Soprano Gillian Keith won the ROSL Award for singers in 1998 and has since gone on to perform at the BBC Proms, the Royal Opera House and the Barbican. She will be performing alongside Timothy Orpen on clarinet, winner of the Gold Medal in 2005, who is now principal clarinet of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Finally, they will be joined by Ben Schoeman on piano, ROSL Gold Medal winner in 2009. Ben is a regular performer with ROSL, having recently returned from performances at the Edinburgh Fringe, as well as a tour of South Africa.

daniel batesThe next piece in the programme is Poulenc’s Sextet for Piano and Wind. This piece will include one the largest groups of alumni, featuring Daniel Bates, who won our Gold Medal in 1994 on oboe, as well as our most recent winner Justin Sun, who won the Sussex Prize for Woodwind and the Tait Memorial Scholarship for an Outstanding Australian Musician, just seven months ago. Other musicians performing in this ensemble include Juliette Bausor, our Gold Medal winner from 2001, who is now principal flute of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Justin Sun Headshot
The penultimate piece in the programme will hear 2016 Gold Medal Winner Emily Sun play Frolov’s Concert Fantasia from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, accompanied by Jennifer Hughes, ROSL Accompanist’s Prize winner from 2013. Emily recently performed this piece at our Edinburgh clubhouse as part of ROSL ARTS’ Fringe season and it was incredibly well received, so our member’s in London will now get a chance to hear her perform this fantastic piece themselves. 

emily sun
The concert will end with a string quintet arrangement of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.1 in E Minor with Martin Cousin at the piano, Gold Medal winner in 2003. Martin will be performing with four string players including Toby Hughes, ROSL strings winner in 2014. Toby will also be performing at the Royal Northern College of Music with other ROSL ARTS alumni from the RNCM, including Dominic Degavino and Huw Wiggin.

To book tickets to see this incredible host of musicians in our London clubhouse, you can click here or ring 020 7408 0214 ext.219.

For our northern members, click here for tickets to the RNCM concert.

If you can’t wait until 26th October to hear from these incredible musicians, check out Emily performing the Frolov Concert Fantasia at Conway Hall below.


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