15 Years of Music Making in the Princess Alexandra Hall

Today marks the 15th anniversary of the refurbishment and reopening of the Princess Alexandra Hall, transforming it into the perfect venue for chamber music we know and love today. Read the history of the hall and its origins below.

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 2021: We Have Our First Finalist

It may seem that last year's Annual Music Competition (AMC) has only just finished, but we're already underway with the 2021 edition. Last night, four soloists took to the Princess Alexandra Hall stage for the Wind & Brass Section Final, to find out who would take the first of four spots at the Gold Medal Final. 

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: Accordionist Takes Penultimate Final Spot

Yesterday evening, the Keyboard Section Final took place in the Princess Alexandra Hall, in which four talented young musicians competed for the penultimate spot in this year's AMC Gold Medal Final. 

AMC: All Four Finalists Chosen

Last night's Strings Section Final was the last chance this year for our talented soloist competitors to make it through to the AMC Gold Medal Final, and the four musicians competing didn't disappoint! 

AMC: All Together Now

Having chosen our four soloists for the Annual Music Competition Gold Medal Final, last night was the first of two ensemble rounds, where teamwork of the highest order was on display for the adjudicators and audience gathered in the Princess Alexandra Hall. 

AMC: No Mixed Bag

This evening's Mixed Ensembles Section Final is the one evening throughout the entire Annual Music Competition each year that you are guaranteed a huge variety of instruments and repertoire to be on display. This year didn't disappoint! 

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. 

AMC: Soprano Milly Forrest Books Her Place in the Final

Last night saw the second of this year's Annual Music Competition Section Finals, with soprano Milly Forrest becoming the second soloist to make it through to the Gold Medal Final. 

AMC: Teamwork Takes Centre Stage

We may have our four solo finalists for this year's Annual Music Competition, but there's still plenty to play for when it comes to ensembles. Over the next two weeks, it's the opportunity for young musicians to put their teamwork on display as we host two ensembles Section Finals, each with the opportunity to win £10,000. 

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 Dates Confirmed

With the government's roadmap out of lockdown announced and the vaccination programme continuing, ROSL has been able to re-schedule the dates for the 2021 Annual Music Competition to take place from mid-September. 

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. 

Eleanor Corr Wins the 2020 Annual Music Competition!

This week, violinist Eleanor Corr was finally able to get her hands on the Gold Medal and £15,000 first prize of the 2020 Annual Music Competition. Huge congratulations to her!