The ROSL Annual Music Competition is the centrepiece of ROSL ARTS’ year-round programme of events. The competition offers more than £75,000 in awards with a £10,000 first prize for solo performers and two chamber ensemble awards of £10,000.
The winner of the 2017 Annual Music Competition was James Buckle bass trombone.
The Gold Medal Prize of £10,000 plus the Manu Bhungara Scholarship of £5,000 was awarded to a brass player for the first time in the competition's 65 year history. James was the winner of the Wind & Percussion section final and competed against the winners of the Singers, Strings, and Keyboard solo sections on Wednesday 7 June at Cadogan Hall for the ROSL Gold Medal Prize.
All the section final winners as well as the winner of the accompanist prize received £5,000 each. The section finals, held in the Princess Alexandra Hall at ROSL throughout February and March 2017 were won by:
· Wind, brass and percussion - Winner James Buckle bass trombone
· Singers - Winner Nicholas Mogg baritone
· Strings - Winner Mathilde Milwidsky violin
· Keyboard - Winner Dominic Degavino piano
· Ensemble A (Strings & Keyboard) - Winner Bertram Lynette Piano Duo
· Ensemble B (Wind and Mixed) - Winner Kabantu
· Over-Seas Award - Winner Abel Selaocoe cello
Gold Medal Scholarship
Following a generous legacy received in memory of Mani Bhumgara, the Gold Medal winner will also receive a £5,000 scholarship, administered and mentored by ROSL Arts, to be spent on projects which will help support and build their career.
Roderick Lakin Professional Development Award
ROSL are pleased to announce a new professional development award for singers for the 2017 competition. Awarded by Margaret Lakin, in memory of ROSL’s beloved former Director of Arts, Roderick Lakin MBE, singers who progress to the semi-final round will be invited to outline how they would use an award of £2,500 towards their professional development. This award will be administered and mentored by ROSL Arts and could be used towards international lessons and coachings, courses, residencies and any other activities which are considered of benefit.
The age limit for all competitors is 30. The solo awards are open to UK and Commonwealth citizens, and at least half, or the majority, of ensemble members must also be UK or Commonwealth citizens.
Gold Medal award winners since 2000 include: Jonathan Lemalu bass-baritone, Juliette Bausor flute, Lucy Crowe soprano, Martin Cousin piano, Amy Dickson saxophone, Timothy Orpen clarinet, John Myerscough cello, Pei-Sian Ng cello, Laura Lucas flute, Ben Schoeman piano, Jonathan McGovernbaritone, Jayson Gillham piano, Morgan Pearse baritone, Huw Wiggin saxophone, Alexander Soarespiano and Emily Sun violin, James Buckle bass trombone.
The awarding of prizes marks the beginning of a relationship between ROSL and its competition alumni. ROSL ARTS offers where possible, support and mentoring to competition winners, as well as promoting prizewinners' concerts and events throughout the Commonwealth.