Last week saw Eleanor Corr violin win the Gold Medal and first prize of the ROSL Annual Music Competition and prizemoney of £20,000. This is the first violinist to win the top award since 2016. Eleanor and her fellow competitors, Sirius Chau flute, Siân Dicker soprano and Dominic Doutney piano performed at Over-Seas House in front an esteemed industry panel of adjudicators, led by Professor Gavin Henderson CBE. 

“2020 has been a difficult year for all musicians, whatever the stage in their career, but I am pleased that ROSL has remained undaunted in their mission to continue to support the most exceptional young musical talent. While this year’s Gold Medal Final was very different to usual, our finalists were all outstanding and I am thrilled for Eleanor Corr, whose performances of Grieg and Lutoslawski were truly engaging.” Geoff Parkin / ROSL Artistic Director

  • With Covid-19 putting a halt to our usual plans, the Gold Medal Final was instead held behind closed doors at Over-Seas House with just the judging panel and musicians present.
  • The hotly contested competition saw Eleanor compete against Sirius Chau flute, Siân Dicker soprano and Dominic Doutney piano in an event which showcased the talents of the brightest young musicians from across the Commonwealth.
  • Eleanor’s programme included a movement of Grieg’s Violin Sonata No.2 and several movements of Lutoslawski’s incredible violin partita.
  • Eleanor studied at the Royal Academy of Music and enjoys a varied and busy career, particularly in the UK and Norway. She has performed at Wigmore Hall, Sage Gateshead and Brighton Early Music Festival, amongst many other and has played concertos with ensembles including Multi-Story Orchestra and the London Chamber Soloists. As an orchestral musicians Eleanor has led English Touring Opera and has performed with the LSO and the RPO.
  • For 68 years the ROSL Annual Music Competition has helped launch the careers of young musicians from all over the UK and the Commonwealth, offering awards totalling £75,000 and expert mentoring and support

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2020 Panel of Adjudicators:

Gavin Henderson CBE (Chairman) 

Geoff Parkin Artistic Director of ROSL

Julia Debrulais Executive Director, London Mozart Players

Sue Spence Director, Askonas Holt


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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 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: . 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.