ROSL's long history of supporting young musicians, mostly notably through the Annual Music Competition over the past 70 years, has nurtured the performance side of music making. We are building on this tradition with our Composition Award in association with the London Sinfonietta, which seeks to give those behind the music a chance to shine. 

Free to enter, advanced young professional composers aged 18-35 are invited to apply for one of six places to workshop a short original work with London Sinfonietta, following which one composer will be selected as the winner of the ROSL Composition Award, and will receive a £3,000 commission to compose a 12-15 minute chamber work for six players and conductor, to be premiered by London Sinfonietta.

With our renowned Annual Music Competition having such a long history of helping young performers, we are excited to turn our attention to the young composers. The opportunity for composers to work with London Sinfonietta cannot be underestimated and we can’t wait to see what it will bring.

ROSL has a long history of commissioning and programming contemporary work and is excited to build on this tradition. We are also committed to unlocking the musical potential of schoolchildren in partnership with the London Sinfonietta, so alongside the main award we have run a series of Go Compose! days in secondary schools in Waltham Forest.


2020 Winner - Michael Small

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Michael Small was the inaugural winner of ROSL's Composition Award in 2020, a £3,000 commission to compose a 12-15 minute chamber work for six players and conductor.

Chosen from one of six finalists last year after workshopping his piece For Years Now with London Sinfonietta, the piece finally received its world premiere in August 2021.

Watch the performance below:


Our shortlisted composers, who participated in the workshop with London Sinfonietta were: 

  • Alex Paxton
  • Dominic Wills
  • Emma Wilde
  • Lucy Callen
  • Xan Gill