ROSL has a long history of commissioning and programming contemporary work and we are excited to build on this tradition with our Composition Award in association with London Sinfonietta and Birdsong, which seeks to give those behind the music a chance to shine.
Free to enter, advanced emerging composers and music creators aged 18-35 and citizens of UK and Commonwealth 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 to win the award, and a £3,000 commission to compose a 12-15 minute chamber work for six players and conductor, to be premiered by London Sinfonietta.
We are also committed to unlocking the musical potential of schoolchildren. and in partnership with London Sinfonietta Participation and Learning will invite our 6 shortlisted composers to help run composition workshop days in London Secondary Schools.
2023 Winner - Kai Kubota-Enright
Kai Kubota-Enright was the 2022 ROSL Composition Award winner, winnning a £3,000 commission to compose a 12-15 minute chamber work for six players and conductor.
Chosen from one of six finalists after workshopping their piece night, the automaton dreams with London Sinfonietta, the piece received its world premiere in July 2023.
Our 2022 shortlisted composers, who participated in the workshop with London Sinfonietta were:
- Jasper Dommett
- Christian Drew
- Leo Geyer
- Edwin Ng
- Natalie Summers
2020 Winner - Michael Small
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 2020 shortlisted composers, who participated in the workshop with London Sinfonietta were:
- Alex Paxton
- Dominic Wills
- Emma Wilde
- Lucy Callen
- Xan Gill