A Musical Discussion with Clarinettist Robert Plane

Join ROSL Artistic Director Geoff Parkin on 8 July for a musical discussion with 1992 Annual Music Competition Gold Medal winner, clarinettist Robert Plane. 

AMC 2017: Where are they now?

With the deadline for entries to our Annual Music Competition 2018 fast approaching we take a look at 2017’s winners and what they have been up to since our Gold Medal Final in Cadogan Hall. 

AMC 2018: Meet the Judges

Monday night saw the crowning of this year's Annual Music Competition Gold Medal winner, as saxophonist Jonathan Radford worked away with the £15,000 first prize. But the task of choosing between the finalists is no easy decision. A adjudication panel of ten renowned figures from the industry, musicians, principals, and journalists among their ranks, were responsible for making the final call, all ably led by Principal of the Central School for Speech and Drama, Gavin Henderson CBE. Last year, Gavin sat down with Overseas to discuss his lifelong dedication to bringing together different aspects of the arts, the struggle for recognition – and the power of the idea.

AMC 2019: Another String to His Bow

The third Section Final of 2019's Annual Music Competition took place last night in the Princess Alexandra Hall; this week it was the turn of the Strings players. Competing for a place in the Gold Medal Final at the Southbank Centre in May, the four Section Finalists had to impress the judging panel, made up of Gavin henderson CBE, Gina McCormack, Geoff Parkin, and Matthew Trusler. 

AMC 2019: First Section Final Win Claimed

Last night saw the launch of the public rounds of this year's Annual Music Competition, with the first Section Final for solo wind and brass. Four performers took to the stage in the Princess Alexandra Hall in front of assembled members, guests, friends, family, and our esteemed judging panel to compete for their place at the Gold Medal Final in May. 

AMC 2019: Get Your Tickets Now

The applications are rolling in and it looks like 2019 is going to be a vintage year for the Annual Music Competition! For your chance to see the future stars of classical music, bookings are now open for Section Finals, which run every Tuesday evening for six weeks from 12 February 2019. 

AMC 2019: Singing Their Praises

Last night saw a capacity crowd squeeze into the Princess Alexandra Hall for the Singer Section Final of this year's Annual Music Competition. Four talented Commonwealth musicians treated the crowd to a varied programme which showcased their voices to full effect as they fought for a place in the Gold Medal Final in May. 

AMC Insider: Behind the Scenes of the Annual Music Competition

With entries for the 2020 Annual Music Competition now closed, the first round of video auditions are currently being assessed to decide who will go on to the semi finals. Our anonymous AMC Insider, one of the musicians competing, will be giving us a behind the scenes glimpse of what goes on at every stage of the competition. Read their experience of the video audition below. 

AMC Insider: The Semi-Finals

Mondays in February and March take on a special significance for the entrants of this year's Annual Music Competition. Behind-closed-doors semi-finals take place at Over-Seas House for those who have made it through from the video rounds. Read on to hear from our AMC Insider to see what its like to perform before our jury of industry professionals for the first time and try to secure a place in the Section Final.

AMC: One Week to Go

The first of 2019's Annual Music Competition (AMC) Section Finals is now within sight, on Tuesday 12 February to Solo Wind and Brass musicians will be the first to take to the stage in the Princess Alexandra Hall. 

And the Winner is...

Last night saw the culmination of the 2018 ROSL Annual Music Competition, with four exceptional young musicians competing for the chance to win the Gold Medal and £15,000 first prize. The Queen Elizabeth Hall was filled with the sounds of Chopin, Enescu, and Rachmaninov as Florian Mitrea piano, Emmanuel Bach violin, Michael Mofidian bass-baritone,and Jonathan Radford saxophone, performed for HRH Princess Alexandra, ROSL members, guests, and music industry professionals. 

And the Winner Is...

Last night, the 2019 ROSL Annual Music Competition culminated in the Gold Medal Final, where our four Section Final winners competed for the top prize. A huge congratulations to trombonist Kris Garfitt, whose technical mastery and emotive playing pipped the Roberto Ruisi violin, William Thomas bass, and Joseph Havlat piano to the Gold Medal and £15,000 first prize. 

And They're Off!

Last night, the competitors in the 2020 Annual Music Competition broke cover for the first time, with five talented young soloists taking to the Princess Alexandra Hall stage for the Wind and Brass Section Final, the first of four such finals which will determine who competes for the Gold Medal prize of £20,000 in June. 

Annual Music Competition 2021 Applications Open

We're pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2021 ROSL Annual Music Competition. 

Annual Music Competition Returns Next Month!

It's been a very long wait to find out who will win the Gold Medal and £15,000 first prize at the 2020 Annual Music Competition, but the wait is nearly over! 

Better Together

Last night marked the first of our ensemble rounds for this year’s Annual Music Competition, which included any ensembles that are made up of string and keyboard instruments, and this year we had four incredible string quartets to perform for our audience. 

Buxton Festival Comes to ROSL

Buxton International Festival (BIF) is taking its 40th Anniversary programme on the road and will perform at ROSL's Princess Alexandra Hall on Monday 25 March. 

Chairman's Dinner Review

Last night members and their guests gathered at our London clubhouse for this popular staple of the ROSL event calendar. Starting in the central lounge, there was a chance to catch up with old friends and meet new ones over a glass of wine, before the concert started. 

Cheryl Frances-Hoad's Algernon World Premiere Next Week

A new work by composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad, commissioned by AMC 2018 Gold Medal Winner Jonathan Radford and ROSL, will premiere at Brighton Festival next week. Watch a sneak peek of Algernon here. 

CHOGM Begins Next Week

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting is due to get underway in London on Monday, with a wealth of events celebrating the shared history, values, and purpose of the 53 member states, and you have the chance to get involved. 

Florian Mitrea Receives Award Nomination

ROSL prides itself on helping to support our prizewinning musicians throughout their careers, by giving free rehearsal spaces, performance opportunities, or in several cases, hosting the launch of albums. One such launch, held in July here at the clubhouse, was that of British/Romanian pianist Florian Mitrea, who was the Keyboard Section Winner at this year's Annual Music Competition

Fringe Benefits: Ashley Fripp

Winner of the piano section at the 2011 Annual Music Competition, Ashley Fripp has been a staple of ROSL's concert series at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for several years. Returning again for the 2018 festival in August, Ashley gives us a behind-the-scenes glimpse into what it's like to perform as part of ROSL Recitals

Fringe Benefits: Get Your Golden Ticket

ROSL Recitals is returning to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe next month and this year we feature not one, not two, but three Annual Music Competition (AMC) Gold Medal winners. It is your chance to see some of the finest classical musicians the Commonwealth has produced. With 30 concerts spread over two weeks, the Royal Scots Club will be filled with mellifluous music from Monday 6 to Friday 7 August. 

From the Archives: The Grand Dames of the AMC

With Annual Music Competition season nearly upon us, we look back at an article from Overseas which looks back at the women who helped make the AMC such a success over the years. 

Hitting All The Right Notes

Winner of the 2019 Annual Music Competition Gold Medal, trombonist Kris Garfitt tells Mark Brierley how he made it all the way to the Queen Elizabeth Hall and where he plans to go from here. 

Huw Wiggin Launches Reflections

Last night our 2015 Annual Music Competition Gold Medal winner, saxophonist Huw Wiggin, returned to ROSL to launch his album Reflections with Orchid Classics. The evening included a performance of selected tracks from the album along with pianist John Lenehan and harpist Oliver Wass, including Huw talking about his inspiration behind the album, followed by the chance to meet and chat with all the musicians over a glass of wine.

It's Annual Music Competition time!

February and March at ROSL means it is Annual Music Competition time again! Now in its 65th year, the competition is one of the most highly regarded around and has an enviable record of identifying the finest young talent out there. Prizewinners of the competition become part of the ROSL “family” and many winners over the years have told of how they come to regard the clubhouse as a second home, for rehearsals, concerts and mentoring as they start to make their way in a tricky but rewarding industry.

Meet the Finalists: Joseph Havlat

Last but by no means least, we introduce Australian pianist Joseph Havlat, who will be one of four soloists competing for the Gold Medal and first prize of £15,000 at next week's Annual Music Competition Final, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 30 May.

Meet the Finalists: Kris Garfitt

The Annual Music Competition (AMC) Gold Medal Final is now only days away. Before we take our seats in the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 30 May, get to know the four soloists who are competing the Gold Medal and first prize of £15,000. First up, trombonist Kris Garfitt. For the past two years, the winner has come from the wind and brass section; in the form of James Buckle bass trombone and Jonathan Radford saxophone; can Kris make it a hat-trick? 

Meet the Finalists: Roberto Ruisi

In the run-up to this year's Annual Music Competition (AMC) Gold Medal Final, we are introducing the four soloists competing for the first prize of £15,000. This week, meet British violinist Roberto Ruisi.