It seems apt to be celebrating both the 150th anniversary of Canada's confederation and the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, where the sacrifice of Canadian soldiers' awakened a budding patriotism in Canadians, in the same year. To commemorate both of these important landmarks, ROSL has planned a month of Canadian-themed events to suit all tastes this October.
The first of which will be our True North Sounds concert, next week on Tuesday 3 October, which will feature performances by talented young musicians from across Canada, playing works from some of the nation's most acclaimed composers, from Vincent Ho to Claude Vivier. All are students of the Royal College of Music, their programme will include:
Vincent Ho (b. 1975) Whimsical Sketches of Fanciful Birds
Robert Fleming (1921-1976) Sonatina for piano
Gilles Tremblay (1932-2017) Cèdres en voiles (Thrène pour le Liban)
Roydon Tse (b. 1991) Speak, my soul
Claude Vivier (1948-1983) Piece for violin and clarinet
Alan Gordon Bell (b. 1953) Field Notes (for violin, cello, clarinet, piano)
Christos Hatzis (b. 1953) Coming To (for violin and piano)
David Zucchi / saxophone
Carson Becke / piano
Yoanna Prodanova / cello
Mateusz Rettner / piano
Book here for your ticket. £12 for Friends of ROSL ARTS and £15 for members and guests.
Later in the month, members have the chance to tour Canada House, the focal point of 150th anniversary celebrations in the UK. Upon the opening of Canada House, King George V remarked: "Canada is a great country and it is right and necessary that its official representatives here should be housed in a manner worthy of the Dominion and adequate to the discharge of their ever-growing and important duties." Join other members for a tour of the house, which represents Canada’s history with a beautiful blend of its Greek revival exterior and the modern artistic interior. But hurry, there are only five tickets remaining! Book here.
To round off celebrations, our very own British Columbia Branch President, Liz Murray, will lead members through a tour of Canada's best vineyards, all from the comfort of the London clubhouse. Members will be able to enjoy tasting a number of different wines, both red and white, from across the country. To find out more and book, visit the ROSL events section.