ROSL is pleased to announce two new Scottish music scholarships to fund course fees for students studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow and St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh. 

Thanks to a generous £65,000 legacy from Miss Evelyn Small, the funds will go towards a 5K scholarship in each school for the next six years.

Miss Small was a keen attender of ROSL’s annual series of concerts at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and as such these scholarships in Scotland will be a fitting legacy to her memory.

At the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the scholarship will go towards the fees of an international student from a Commonwealth country, studying on either an undergraduate or postgraduate course. At St Mary’s Music School the scholarship will fund the tuition fees of a young Scottish musician studying at the country’s specialist music school.

ROSL’s Artistic Director Geoff Parkin
says “I am delighted that ROSL is able to expand its support for emerging musical talent in Scotland through these two new scholarships. Students from both schools have gone on to become ROSL alumni in our renowned Annual Music Competition and we look forward to strengthening our relationships with these wonderful organisations”.

Professor Jeffrey Sharkey
, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said:

“We are very grateful to the Royal Over-Seas League for celebrating Evelyn Small’s love of music through this welcome investment in the next generation of international artists studying at Scotland’s national conservatoire.

Scholarships play a vital role in helping realise the potential of exceptional young artists regardless of the barriers they face. They are more needed now than ever and this is a wonderful gift that will have real and lasting impact.”

Dr Kenneth Taylor, Headteacher of St Mary’s Music School said:

"The legacy gift from Miss Small and the Royal Over-Seas League will help to nurture exceptional young talent and support a young person's musical education at St Mary's Music School. 

The school will distribute the ROSL gift through the Scholarship Fund to wherever the need is greatest.  Each year the Scholarship Fund allows St Mary's Music School to support up to 20 young people ever year, in recognition of their outstanding musical ability and to supplement the Scottish Government Aided Places Scheme support.    The Miss Small legacy gift and ROSL will making a transformational musical journey possible."

Royal Over-Seas League

The Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) is a not-for-profit private members' organisation dedicated to championing international friendship and understanding. We help artists and musicians across the Commonwealth connect, collaborate and create. Our education work benefits communities and changes lives. Members enjoy a clubhouse with accommodation in St James's, London, a vibrant event calendar packed with tours, trips and talks, and links to over 100 reciprocal clubs worldwide.


Geoff Parkin, ROSL Artistic Director

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Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Established in 1847, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is a world leader in performing arts education, offering specialist and intensive training in music, drama, dance, production, film and education. In March, the QS World University Rankings 2020 placed the Royal Conservatoire in the global top ten for performing arts education for the fourth time in five years.


Established in 1847

Consistently recognised as one of the world’s top performing arts education institutions – ranked in the global top ten of the QS World University Rankings 2020

Only conservatoire in Europe to offer degrees across all of the performing arts

Specialised teaching across music, drama, dance, production, film and education

More than 1200 students from more than 60 countries

Partnerships with national artistic companies

600+ performances each year

More than 3000 students taught every year through the Junior Conservatoire and Short Courses, as well as national Fair Access programmes.

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St Mary’s Music School

St Mary's Music School's mission is to open doors to outstanding young singers, instrumentalists and composers from Scotland and beyond - regardless of their means or circumstances - allowing them to flourish and excel, musically and academically, in a safe, supportive and inspiring environment.

Today the School's alumni can be found playing with international orchestras, forging independent pathways in classical, jazz and contemporary music, and inspiring the musicians of tomorrow through their own teaching.  St Mary's Music School provides that first critical step in a journey that sees our pupils go on to perform at the very highest level and make a joyful contribution to the music community throughout the world.

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