Eleanor Corr violin won the 68th ROSL Annual Music Competition Strings Section Prize on Tuesday 25 February and was awarded £5,000 and a sought-after place at the Gold Medal Final on 1 June 2020. Among four strings soloists, Eleanor won over the audience and jury with her accomplished and committed playing. 

Four section finalists were chosen from 14 hopefuls during two rounds of preliminary auditions. This year saw two violinists, a violist and a cellist line up for the Section Final; Julie Park viola, Samuel Staples violin, Maxim Calver cello and Eleanor Corr violin, who battled it out for the £5,000 prize and made for a very exciting evening of musicmaking. The adjudicators Gavin Henderson CBE, Geoff Parkin, Hannah Roberts and Rodney Slatford OBE had the difficult decision of choosing the section winner and performer who will go onto the Gold Medal Final to compete for the first prize of £15,000.

British violinist Eleanor Corr has led the English Touring Opera across the UK, been Guest Principal 2nd violin with several Norwegian orchestras, and performed in the UK’s major concert halls with orchestras including London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. She studied at the Royal Academy of Music, where she was Sterndale Bennett Scholar, winner of several prizes and leader of RAM Symphony Orchestra.

Given the closeness of the competition, Korean-New Zealander violist Julie Park was also chosen as the recipient of the £1,000 Len Lickorish Memorial Prize for a String Player of Promise.

ROSL Annual Music Competition Section Finals take place each Tuesday 7-9pm at Over-Seas House, Park Place, St James’s Street, London, SW1A 1LR:

  • 11 February: Wind and Percussion – winner Sirius Chau flute
  • 18 February: Singers – winner Siân Dicker soprano
  • 25 February: Strings – Eleanor Corr violin
  • 3 March: Keyboard
  • 10 March: Ensemble A (Strings)
  • 17 March: Ensemble B (Mixed)
  • 19 March: Overseas Award
  • 1 June: Gold Medal Final which will be held at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.

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ROSL 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 Annual Music Competition grew out of a series of concerts inaugurated at Over-Seas House in 1947 under the banner ‘Festival of Commonwealth Youth’. The Festival became competitive in 1952, with a first prize of £10. Over the past 68 years the competition has grown in scope and prestige and now awards in excess of £80,000 for solo performers, accompanists and chamber ensembles. Past ROSL prizewinners makes for an impressive alumnus of musicians of the highest calibre who have established prominent careers in the music profession. Find a list of past winners here: https://www.rosl.org.uk/music/music-alumni . To mark ROSL’s centenary in 2010 an appeal was launched to secure the future endowment of the ROSL Annual Music Competition Awards and Commonwealth Music Scholarships, currently worth £125,000 per annum. The funds are held in the ROSL Trust (registered charity 306095). To make a donation contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.