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Many members may have noticed the large painting King George VI and Family by George Harcourt, which hangs in the Members' Drawing Room, but did you know it was lost for many years before being returned to the club in the early 1990s?

ROSL People: A Day in the Life of Gavin Quinn, Head Chef... 

Last night saw the 66th Annual Music Competition begin with our Wind and Brass section final. Four musicians competed for the chance to win £5000 and a place in our Gold Medal final. The competition was very close, and the four performing had already beaten 10 other musicians from the semi-final auditions to compete in the section finals.

We are saddened to report former ROSL Chairman Sir Lawrence Byford has passed away aged 92. 

With Brexit negotiations underway, English may be removed as an official EU language. Could this be just what it takes for a new form of English – Euro English – to evolve? In the latest edition of Overseas, Abi Millar chats to Dr Marko Modiano, author of a recent paper on the subject, about the link between politics and language change. 

Chinese New Year falls on Thursday 16 February in 2018 and if you're in London there are plenty of ways to celebrate. 

What does the Commonwealth mean to you? Ask that question amongst ROSL’s membership and you’re likely to receive a huge variety of answers, but all with a common thread running through them; the shared language, values, interests, history, and purpose. Those commonalities have held the organisation together since its inception. To mark the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) taking place in London and Windsor in April, the upcoming issue of Overseas aims to look at the many facets of this vast organisation and highlight some of the lesser known areas in which it works. 

The Music Centre at the St Andrews Tarabete School in Kenya, built from donations in memory of former ROSL Chairman Simon Ward, was opened in January amid much ceremony, dancing, and goodwill. 

Tuesday evening will see our Annual Music Competition (AMC) return to the Princess Alexandra Hall with the first of our Section Finals, for Wind and Brass. Now in its 66th year, the AMC will see some of the best talent from young musicians around the Commonwealth compete for our Gold Medal prize. This is your opportunity to see the ROSL AMC 2018 winner first and get a glimpse into the fantastic future stars of the classical music world.

Today marks the 100th anniversary of The Representation of the People Act passing into law in British parliament. 6 February 1918 was the day all the work of the suffragette movement culminated in the right of women to vote. But the work didn't finish there.