Christopher Le Brun - President of the RA, Frances Morris - Director Tate Modern and Alex Beard - CEO Royal Opera House, debate the future for arts organisations on 14 July 2016, 6.30pm at The arts in the UK: A vision for the future, the Royal Over-Seas League’s inaugural Evelyn Wrench Lecture.

Our esteemed panellists will explore the real opportunities and threats faced by arts and cultural institutions and explain how these issues shape the evolution of their organisation – from programming to funding and audience development – painting their vision for how arts in the UK will figure in years to come.

Pianist Tyler Hay won the 64th ROSL Annual Music Competition Section Final for Keyboards on Tuesday 23 February and was awarded the £5,000 prize and sought after place at the Grand Final on 1 June 2016. Tyler’s 20 minute programme of  Valse Oubliée no. 4 - Liszt  and Sonata in B flat minor, Opus 36 no. 2 – Rachmaninov, was a talented and remarkable performance.

ROYAL OVER-SEAS LEAGUE - 62nd Annual Music Competition.
Saxophonist Huw Wiggin (Royal College of Music) has won the Gold Medal and £15,000 in prize money at the 62nd Royal Over-Seas League Annual Music Competition.

The competition final took place on Tuesday 6 May 2014 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London’s South Bank Centre. The Chairman of the distinguished panel of judges was Gavin Henderson CBE, Principal of Central School of Speech and Drama. Prizes were presented by HRH Princess Alexandra, Vice Patron of the Royal Over-Seas League.

The other finalists, who each received £5,000 were: Jan Hugo piano (Istituto Superiore di Studi, Modena, Italy) Toby Hughes double bass (Royal Northern College of Music) and Anna Rajah soprano (Royal College of Music).

The Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) was founded in 1910 by Sir Evelyn Wrench to encourage international friendship and understanding.

ROSL is a self-funded, non-profit organisation which offers clubhouse facilities to members and supports the Commonwealth through its own social, music, arts and welfare activities.

ROSL is an officially recognised Commonwealth NGO.

Membership has been open to men and women on equal terms since 1910 and today boosts an equal male/female membership ratio.

ROSL has over 16,500 members worldwide; with active branches in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Thailand and Switzerland. In the UK there are 9 local branches organising lectures, lunches and concerts for members outside of London.

ROSL's headquarters is the London clubhouse; comprising 83 bedrooms, private garden and terrace with views of Green Park, restaurant, brasserie and bar (with al fresco dining in summer), drawing room and seven conference and private dining rooms.

ROSL also has a clubhouse in Edinburgh, located at 100 Princes Street, this property benefits from exceptional views of the castles and comprises 20 bedrooms, bar, restaurant, and conference and private dining facilities.

Our members enjoy a varied cultural and social events programme: wine tastings, dinners, visits to places of historical interest, concerts, art exhibitions and book events.

ROSL ARTS holds Annual Classical Music Competitions in the UK for young Commonwealth musicians. The final is held each year at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

ROSL ARTS supports (up to five) visual arts scholars each year, with educational bursaries and exhibition opportunities.

Since 1995 ROSL has developed joint welfare projects in Sri Lanka (eye care camps in association with Colombo Eye Bank and Singapore), Namibia (local school bursaries for San and farm children in association with the Ministry of Education) and has recently extended to bursaries to Botswana and Kenya.

For further information about the club, our members or ARTS and Humanitarian programme please contact:

Gemma Matthews
Director of Marketing
ROSL Marketing Department
+44 (0)20 7408 0214
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