Vimy Ridge Centennial Commemorated
Yesterday (5 April) Green Park played host to a commemoration of the centennial of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, a defining moment in the history of Canada, attended by servicemen, Canadian schoolchildren and members of the public. From the London Clubhouse, ROSL members were able to hear the sounds of bagpipe playing floating across Green Park, as well as the hundreds of schoolchildren filing towards the Canada Memorial just yards from Buckingham Palace.
Overcoming Barriers to Leadership
When Sir Evelyn Wrench founded the Royal Over-Seas League in 1910, he took a bold step amongst London clubs in admitting female members from the outset. Even today, several of London's oldest clubs only allow male members. This small nod he made to equality has been joined in the century that followed by huge advances in equality in wider society, not only in terms of gender, but also race, religion, sexuality, disability and age, among others. But that doesn't mean equality for all is a reality today; particularly in the workplace.
Commonwealth Day Message by Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth
It's Annual Music Competition time!
A concert of memories
In late September this year I was delighted to perform a ‘Concert of Memories’ in honour of the late Roderick Lakin MBE, former director of . I am honoured and privileged to have known Roderick since my years as student participating in the annual music competition, and I was always inspired and humbled by his devotion to the Arts, especially music. He was incredibly knowledgeable, experienced and, most importantly, curious. His passion for music allowed him to be sensitive, emotional and excited about music and musicians.
The Dolmen Ensemble - Pettman ROSL Arts Scholarship Tour
I am writing this blog at a cruising altitude of 12,000 feet, as we fly from Nelson to Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island. Below us, I can see the majestic mountains of New Zealand’s interior, and Som, Edward, and I (the three members of the Dolmen Ensemble) are all thinking how lucky we are that music has taken us to such a spectacular place.
In Christchurch, we’ll be playing a concert at the newly built concert hall, aptly called ‘The Piano’. We’ll then be adjudicating the Pettman ROSL Arts Scholarship auditions at the same venue, where we will have the difficult job of choosing one out of fifteen chamber groups from across New Zealand to come to the UK to have masterclasses, perform concerts, and attend concerts in the summer of 2017.