The Royal Over-Seas League is pleased to announce a brand new ROSL Composition Award for 2020, in association with the London Sinfonietta.

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 on 7 July 2021 at the Southbank Centre.

The composition award panel for 2020 includes celebrated composers Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Gavin Higgins, Errollyn Wallen CBE, and Tina Speed, Creative Manager for Wise Music Classical.

ROSL’s Artistic Director Geoff Parkin said “with our renowned Annual Music Competition having such a long history of helping young performers, I am excited to add this new composition award to our stable. 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 Griffin Schools Trust, so alongside the main award will run a series of Go Compose! days in secondary schools in Bedworth, Milton Keynes and East London.

Submissions are now open.
The deadline for first round applications is Friday 29 May 2020 at 5pm.

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Founded in 1910, the Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) is a non-profit private members' club dedicated to championing international friendship and understanding. ROSL helps artists and musicians across the Commonwealth connect, collaborate and create. Our humanitarian work benefits communities and changes lives.

ROSL ARTS supports talented young artists and musicians from the UK and Commonwealth, providing performance and exhibition opportunities which bring their work to the attention of the professional arts community, media and general public.


The ROSL Composition Award 2020 is open to citizens of the UK and Commonwealth, including former Commonwealth countries, for composers from the age of 18 up to and including the age of 35 as of 31 December 2020.
You must have citizenship at the time of application. Applicants must include a scan of their birth certificate or passport at the time of entry.

This is an open call and the only requirement is you have two professional referees who will vouch for you. Scores can be in any type of notation. We particularly welcome submissions from artists from a non-classical background, as well as music creators from historically under-represented groups or communities such as BAME (black, Asian or minority ethnic), LGBT, and those with a disability. There is no fee payable to enter for this award.

London Sinfonietta

The London Sinfonietta is one of the world’s leading contemporary music ensembles. Formed in 1968, our commitment to making new music has seen us commission over 400 works and premiere many hundreds more.

Our ethos today is to constantly experiment with the art form, working with the best composers and per-formers and collaborating with artists from alternative genres and disciplines. We are committed to challenging perceptions, provoking new possibilities and stretching our audiences’ imaginations, often working closely with them as creators, performers and curators of the events we stage.

The ROSL Composition Award 2020 is supported by:

ROSL Trust
Mr Donald Best
Margaret Engering Trust