Royal Over-Seas League Annual Music Competition
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.
The age limit for all competitors is 30. The solo awards are open to UK , all current and former Commonwealth countries, USA, all EU, EEA countries and Switzerland and at least one member of an ensemble must also be a UK or Commonwealth citizen.
The ROSL offers many performance opportunities to prizewinners after the competition at major venues such as Wigmore Hall in London and has established relationships with many UK festivals and promoters including Brighton, Buxton, RLPO, Kings Lynn, Lake District Summer Music, and North Norfolk. ROSL ARTS award-winning series of chamber music concerts in Edinburgh is a well established fixture of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In recent years ROSL ARTS has organised concerts and tours for prizewinners in Australia, Canada, Malta, New Zealand, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Antigua and Zimbabwe.
AWARDS for 2024
- Gold Medal and First Prize £15,000 (£10,000+£5,000 professional development scholarship)
- ROSL Solo Keyboard Prize £5,000
- ROSL Solo Strings Prize £5,000
- ROSL Singers Prize £5,000
- ROSL Solo Wind and Brass Prize £5,000
- Award for collaborative pianists £5,000
- ROSL String Ensembles Prize £10,000
- ROSL Mixed Ensembles Prize £10,000
- ROSL Overseas Award £3,000
In addition to the prizes listed above, ROSL has a fund of up to £18,000 for awards for specific categories including non-UK Commonwealth musicians, particular instruments and for young musicians of exceptional promise.
Additional prizes that are regularly awarded include the Philip Jones Brass Prize, the Yorke Trust Double Bass Prize and the Tait Memorial Trust Prize.
Thank you to the generosity of the Richmond Concert Society, this year we are pleased to introduce a new award for the Strings/Piano Ensemble Category, the Richmond Concert Society String Ensemble Award is a £2,000 prize that will be awarded to a finalist ensemble who does not win the main £10,000 prize.
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 flexibly on projects which will help support and build their career.
The 2024 competition is open to citizens of the UK, Commonwealth and former Commonwealth Countries, the U.S.A, all EU and EEA countries and Switzerland, for instrumentalists and singers between the ages of 18 and 30 as at 19 June 2024. You must have citizenship at the time of application.
For ensembles, at least half the members of a group must be between the ages of 18 and 30, and the average age of the group must also be 30 or under.