Entries for the Annual Music Competition are now closed.



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 winners of the Wind & Percussion, Singers, Strings, and Keyboard solo sections and the accompanist prize receive £5,000 each.

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.


Chairman of Adjudicators Gavin Henderson CBE

The competition has four solo awards for Keyboard, Strings, Wind/Brass/Percussion and Singers, the winners of which compete for the Competition Gold Medal and First Prize. The solo awards are open to UK and Commonwealth citizens, including former Commonwealth countries, for instrumentalists and singers up to and including the age of 30 as at 4 June 2018.

There are also major awards for Ensembles A: strings, strings and piano, or piano duo/duet; Ensembles B: wind, percussion, vocal or mixed ensembles. At least half, or the majority of ensemble members must be UK and Commonwealth citizens up to and including the age of 30 as at 4 June 2018. The remaining ensemble members may be of any nationality.

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 including  Brighton, Kings Lynn, Lake District Summer Music, and North Norfolk. ROSL ARTS award-winning series of chamber music concerts at Over-Seas House 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, and Zimbabwe.


Gold Medal and First Prize £10,000

Award for Keyboard £5,000

Award for Strings £5,000

Award for Singers (In memory of Pamela Faulkner) £5,000

Worshipful Company of Dyers Award for Wind and Percussion (In memory of Lady Barbirolli) £5,000

Award for Accompanists £5,000

Ensemble Prize A £10,000

Ensemble Prize B £10,000

In addition to the section awards listed above, the ROSL has a prize fund of up to £15,000 for awards of not less than £1,000 each for non-UK Commonwealth musicians; for particular instruments or repertoire; and for young musicians of exceptional promise.

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.

Roderick Lakin Professional Development Award

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.

If you would like more information about the ROSL Annual Music Competition, please call 020 7408 0214 x 219 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .