Last night saw the return of a club favourite, the Chairman's Gala Dinner. Attended by Alexander Downer, as well as Director-General Diana Owen and several members of ROSL's Central Council, it was the perfect opportunity to meet fellow members, enjoy fine wine, food, conversation and music. 

Beginning with a drinks reception in the Hall of India and Pakistan, members and guests enjoyed bubbly and a non-alcoholic cocktail before heading down to the Princess Alexandra Hall for the dinner proper where everyone was welcomed from the stage by Dr Diana Owen OBE.

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Starters of Tuna loin tartare and cauliflower cheese tarts got the evening off to a delicious start, before attendees were treated to a snapshot of the high calibre of musician that ROSL's art programme has produced.

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Pianist Ashley Fripp, winner of the Keyboard Prize at the 2011 Annual Music Competition performed Caprice Espagnol by Maszkowski to cheers from the audience.

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He was followed on stage by winner of the 2017 Roderick Lakin Professional Development Award for Singers Jennifer Whitton soprano and Ben-San Lau piano, where they performed movements from Korngold's Die Tote Stadt and Handel's Giulio Cesare. This expert music making was hugely appreciated in the room and is a testament to the support that members give to the art programme led by Geoff Parkin.

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Mains of roast guinea fowl and salt baked celeriac ragu were followed by a highly entertaining address from ROSL Chairman Alexander Downer AC, Australia's longest serving Foreign Minister and former High Commissioner to the UK.

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The evening was rounded out by desserts of chocolate truffle, passion fruit cheesecake and bakewell tarts; a selection of Kentish cheeses and biscuits; coffee and petit fours.

Keep an eye on to see what is coming up for the rest of the year and in 2020.

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