Royal Over-Seas League

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Royal Over-Seas League
ROSL Entrance Exterior.jpg
Exterior of Over-Seas House, the home of The Royal Over-Seas League since 1921
Formation1910; 112 years ago (1910)
TypeNon-profit members' organisation
Legal statusIncorporated by Royal Charter
PurposeThe support of international understanding and friendship through social, musicical, artistic and welfare activities.
HeadquartersOverseas House, Park Place
London, SW1
Secretary General
Dr Annette Prandzioch
Queen Elizabeth II
Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy
Christopher Geidt, Baron Geidt
Alexander Downer
Key people
Evelyn Wrench (1882–1966), founder

The Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) is a not-for-profit members' organisation with international headquarters in its clubhouse in central London, England.

Founded by Sir Evelyn Wrench in 1910 as the Over-Seas Club, it was given a Royal Charter of Incorporation in 1922 and Queen Elizabeth II granted the title "Royal" to mark its golden jubilee in 1960.[citation needed]

The league today is both an association of individual members and a supporter of Commonwealth art, music and welfare projects. The ROSL clubhouse in Edinburgh closed in January 2018, but ROSL continues to have a national and international presence from honorary representatives, a network of branches and reciprocal clubs in more than 100 countries.

Facilities and activities[edit]

Accommodation, dining and conference facilities are offered at the London clubhouses.

The league has an in-house magazine called Overseas, published quarterly, which comprises contemporary features written by renowned journalists, members' articles, news from regional branches, and information about forthcoming events.


There are 16,000 members worldwide at the various international branches. Membership fees are based on proximity to the London clubhouse, or age (under 30s enjoy a reduced rate of membership). Members who have held their membership for a period of 30 continuous years also pay a reduced subscription.[1]

Music competition[edit]

ROSL organises an annual competition for musicians aged under 30. There are two ensemble awards and four solo awards, with the solo winners then competing for the Competition Gold Medal and First Prize.[2] The Chairman of Adjudicators for the 2014 awards was Gavin Henderson.[2] The Gold Medal competition was held at the Southbank Centre[3] and it was won by saxophonist Huw Wiggin (Royal College of Music).[4] The ensemble awards were won by Block4 (Royal College of Music) and the Solem Quartet (Royal Northern College of Music).[4][5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Matthews, Gemma. "Frequently Asked Questions". Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL). Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b ROSL (2014). "Royal Over—Seas League 62nd Annual Music Competition Prospectus" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 June 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  3. ^ Southbank Centre (6 May 2014). "ROSL 62nd Annual Music Competition". Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  4. ^ a b ROSL (2014). "Huw Wiggin Press Release" (PDF). Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  5. ^ Chamber Studio (2014). "Solem Quartet". Archived from the original on 5 December 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2014.

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Coordinates: 51°30′22″N 0°8′27″W / 51.50611°N 0.14083°W / 51.50611; -0.14083