MILLY FORREST WON THE 69TH ROSL ANNUAL MUSIC COMPETITION SINGERS PRIZE ON TUESDAY 21 SEPTEMBER AND WAS AWARDED £5,000 AND A SOUGHT-AFTER PLACE AT THE GOLD MEDAL FINAL ON 24 NOVEMBER 2021. AMONG FOUR SOLOISTS, MILLY’S TECHNICAL POLISH, PROGRAMMING AND RANGE OF INTERPRETATIONS WON OVER THE AUDIENCE AND JURY ALIKE.
This year’s line-up for the Section Final saw four exceptional singers take to the stage; Sophie Sparrow soprano, Ted Black tenor, Ella Taylor soprano, and Milly Forrest soprano, who battled it out for the £5,000 prize and made for a very exciting evening of performances. The adjudicators James Baillieu, Mhairi Lawson, Njabulo Madlala, and Geoff Parkin 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.
Lyric soprano Milly Forrest was chosen as the Section Final winner and recipient of the £5,000 prize. Milly studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music with professors Alison Wells, Kathleen Livingstone, Caroline Dowdle and Gary Matthewman. Since 2019 she has been a Young Artist of Garsington Opera covering roles and being part of Chorus. In 2021 she returned to Wormsley Estate to sing the role of Alice from Le Comte Ory by Rossini. Recent Opera work includes covering Barbarina in the English National Opera’s 2020 production of The Marriage of Figaro and singing Iris in the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra’s 2019 production of Semele conducted by Yu Long.
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:
- 14 September: Brass, Wind and Percussion – winner Marie Sato flute
- 21 September: Singers – winner Milly Forrest soprano
- 28 September: Keyboard
- 5 October: Strings
- 12 October: Ensemble A (Strings)
- 19 October: Ensemble B (Mixed)
- 26 October: Overseas Award
- 24 November: Gold Medal Final
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