From the ROSL Annual Music Competition 2021 to office space available at Over-Seas House


The third edition of ROSL’s charity postcard exhibition saw over 150 artists from all over the world create and donate artwork anonymously

Despite not being able to host a private view or live sale launch due to the government restrictions, the new exhibition was still on display at Over-Seas House for a short time before closure, and the work was available to purchase online so members around the world could get involved.

Sold for £50 each, the artist name was only revealed after the artwork was purchased. All the money raised from each sale will support the altruistic work of ROSL, focusing on our projects encouraging and enabling arts education around the globe. The sale has raised over £4,000 so far, all thanks to our artist friends and members who created and donated, as well as those who have bought works.

Thank you to everyone who supported the exhibition.

The money raised from each sale will support the altruistic work of ROSL

ROSL Composition Award 2020 Winner Announced

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the first ROSL Composition Award for 2020, in association with the London Sinfonietta, is Michael Small

Michael Small, along with five other young professional composers, were invited to workshop a short original work with London Sinfonietta, following which Michael was selected as the winner of the ROSL Composition Award, and will receive a £3,000 commission to compose a short chamber work for six players and conductor, to be premiered by London Sinfonietta at the Southbank Centre. The date will be confirmed at a later date due to concert restrictions with the pandemic. Four out of the six composers workshopped in person, with the other two composers joining the workshop virtually, thanks to the wonders of technology.

The composition award panel for 2020 included Composer Gavin Higgins, Tina Speed, Creative Manager for Wise Music Classical, and conductor of the workshop with London Sinfonietta Jonathan Berman.

Michael studied composition with David Horne as an undergraduate at the Royal Northern College of Music and pursued his postgraduate studies in composition at Cornell University. His works are regularly performed by international calibre musicians. Michael’s music has been featured by Ensemble 10/10, the American Composers Orchestra, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, the Momenta Quartet, Music from Copland House, and soloists including Grammy laureate Gloria Cheng, and the BBC Music award winning violinist Fenella Humphreys. His work For Years Now delighted the panel and we cannot wait to hear the full work very soon.

Archiving update

Once again delving into our history, Archivist Natalia Sedunova is back to finish the job

Thanks to funding from the ROSL Trust, our work to properly catalogue and archive ROSL’s extensive collection of historical documents and artefacts restarted late in 2020. Archivist Natalia Sedunova, who began the project as part of her undergraduate course at UCL, has returned to ROSL to complete the works part time, while she completes her postgraduate studies in Archives and Records Management at UCL.

The first stage is to complete cataloguing the collection of past Overseas magazines, committee meeting minutes, photographs, architectural drawings, diaries from our founder Sir Evelyn Wrench, and much more.

Once complete, the next stage of the process is to digitise much of the Overseas back catalogue. This will enable us to easily search through 106 years of back issues and bring more content to you.

Keep an eye out in future issues and on the ROSL website for more updates on the progress of the project.

New furniture in the Drawing Room

Thanks to a generous legacy donation from Mrs Audrey Roberts, the Willingdon Drawing Room has been lovingly renovated with new furniture. A quiet and tranquil sanctuary away from the hubbub of London’s streets, the Drawing Room is looking better than ever. Featuring now sofas, seats, tables, planting, and more, the room is the most comfortable place in the clubhouse to sit and take in the view of Green Park, perhaps over the newspaper or even afternoon tea. We hope you enjoy the changes for yourself when we reopen.

Office space at ROSL

We are adapting to these Covid times and are repurposing some of our bedrooms into office spaces. We can provide an office for two to three people, including an ensuite bathroom, Wi-Fi, and the option to hire meeting rooms when you need more space with colleagues and clients.

The Copper Tower, the small two-storey building on the right as you enter ROSL’s courtyard, is also available as a self-contained office, with space for up to six people.

Your business can take advantage of our wonderful Mayfair location with a garden overlooking Green Park, and beautiful Grade 1 listed building. If you know of a small organisation looking for a new home, please contact Jon Kudlick

ROSL Annual Music Competition 2021

This past year has been a turbulent one for everyone, but our Annual Music Competition has continued to grow in profile, and we were thrilled to successfully complete the 2020 competition, albeit with a few delays along the way and supported by so many of you in the audience in the Princess Alexandra Hall and watching from home. Our commitment to the young musicians never faltered, and this year we had a record number of entrants for the 2021 competition. Due to the latest lockdown restrictions, we have had to delay the section finals for the Annual Music Competition, which means we must change the traditional format, but only slightly. We plan to hold our solo section finals, followed by our Gold Medal, which will take place in the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre, and then finish our competition with our ensembles section finals back at Over-Seas House. All dates to be confirmed.

The competition offers more than £75,000 in awards with a £15,000 first prize for solo performers and chamber ensemble awards of £10,000. The winners of the Wind & Brass, Singers, Strings, and Keyboard solo sections and the collaborative piano prize receive £5,000 each. We are looking forward to another fantastic competition and hope that you will join us to cheer on the fantastic music making.

Visit for more information as dates are confirmed

AMC 2021 Applications 

Percentage of total applicants for each section
• Ensemble A 8%
• Ensemble B 6%
• Keyboard 13.5%
• Singers 27.5%
• Strings 25%
• Wind and Brass 20%

Nationalities represented this year
• British
• Australian
• British Overseas (Hong Kong)
• Canadian
• New Zealander
• Indian
• Singaporean
• Irish
• South African

Former Chairman appointed OBE

Stanley Martin, who served as ROSL Chairman from 2005 to 2010, has been appointed OBE in the New Year Honours for his services to diplomacy. Pictured above in his ROSL portrait, we send Stanley many congratulations.

Chairman visit

Despite the difficulties in branches meeting around the world, ROSL Chairman Alexander Downer AC was still able to visit the Western Australian branch in 2020.