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It is with profound sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Mary J. LeMessurier at the age of 88 on Sunday 11 March 2018 in Edmonton, Alberta. 

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of renowned American composer and conducter Leonard Bernstein. Known for his long career as music director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, he was also a prolific composer, writing music for West Side StoryPeter Pan,CandideWonderful TownOn the Town, and On the Waterfront, among others. He also composed three symphonies and many other chamber and solo works. 

Unfortunately the concert scheduled to take place tonight at Over-Seas House, An Evening With Kabantu, has had to be cancelled at the last minute, due to a family tragedy. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to them. 

If you have already booked a ticket, please note that refunds are being processed today and you shouldn't need to do anything. If you have any queries, please contact the ROSL ARTS team on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +44 (0)20 7408 0214 ext.216.

Its critics have long predicted its demise, yet the Commonwealth remains as a network whereby small and large nations can come to the table as equals. In the latest edition of Overseas Ross Davies asks Professor Philip Murphy, director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London, what makes the organisation still tick amidst an age of geopolitical uncertainty. 

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting is due to get underway in London on Monday, with a wealth of events celebrating the shared history, values, and purpose of the 53 member states, and you have the chance to get involved. 

Today in 1961 marked the culmination of years of fevered scientific research and technological advancement as Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space, beating the US to the punch. 

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement this week, we look back at ROSL's footprint in Northern Ireland. 

Last night saw a celebration of international art as we launched of our latest exhibition with Pop Up Projects. The exhibition presents the achievements of 150 young storytellers from the Baltic countries and the UK who through the project have produced a leporello library which is currently on display in the Central Lounge of Over-Seas House. 

British author Delia Jarrett-Macauley, winner of the 2006 Orwell Prize for political writing for her novel Moses, Citizen & Me, will be speaking at the Chairman's Lunch Thursday 10 May. 

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) is organising a unique set of civil society events from 11-18 April 2018 alongside the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London.