The competition offers more than £75,000 in awards with a £10,000 first prize for solo performers and two chamber ensemble awards of £10,000. The winners of the Wind & Percussion, Singers, Strings, and Keyboard solo sections and the accompanist prize receive £5,000 each.
The age limit for all competitors is 30. The solo awards are open to UK and Commonwealth citizens, and at least half, or the majority, of ensemble members must also be UK or Commonwealth citizens.
For information only, see further details of the competition below. Details of the 2018 competition will be available from September 2017.
65th ANNUAL MUSIC COMPETITION 2017
Chairman of Adjudicators Gavin Henderson CBE
The competition has four solo awards for Keyboard, Strings, Wind/Brass/Percussion and Singers, the winners of which compete for the Competition Gold Medal and First Prize. The solo awards are open to UK and Commonwealth citizens, including former Commonwealth countries, for instrumentalists and singers up to and including the age of 30 as at 7 June 2017.
There are also major awards for Ensembles A: strings, strings and piano, or piano duo/duet; Ensembles B: wind, percussion, vocal or mixed ensembles. At least half, or the majority of ensemble members must be UK and Commonwealth citizens up to and including the age of 30 as at 7 June 2017. The remaining ensemble members may be of any nationality.
The ROSL offers many performance opportunities to prizewinners after the competition at major venues such as Wigmore Hall in London and has established relationships with many UK festivals including Brighton, Kings Lynn, Lake District Summer Music, and North Norfolk. ROSL ARTS award-winning series of chamber music concerts at Over-Seas House Edinburgh is a well established fixture of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In recent years ROSL ARTS has organised concerts and tours for prizewinners in Australia, Canada, Malta, New Zealand, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Zimbabwe.
Gold Medal and First Prize £10,000
Award for Keyboard £5,000
Award for Strings £5,000
Award for Singers (In memory of Pamela Faulkner) £5,000
Worshipful Company of Dyers Award for Wind and Percussion (In memory of Lady Barbirolli) £5,000
Award for Accompanists £5,000
Ensemble Prize A £10,000
Ensemble Prize B £10,000
In addition to the section awards listed above, the ROSL has a prize fund of up to £15,000 for awards of not less than £1,000 each for non-UK Commonwealth musicians; for particular instruments or repertoire; and for young musicians of exceptional promise.
Gold Medal Scholarship
Following a generous legacy received in memory of Mani Bhumgara, the Gold Medal winner will also receive a £5,000 scholarship, administered and mentored by ROSL Arts, to be spent flexibly on projects which will help support and build their career.
Roderick Lakin Professional Development Award
ROSL are pleased to announce a new professional development award for singers for the 2017 competition. Awarded by Margaret Lakin, in memory of ROSL’s beloved former Director of Arts, Roderick Lakin MBE, singers who progress to the semi-final round will be invited to outline how they would use an award of £2,500 towards their professional development. This award will be administered and mentored by ROSL Arts and could be used towards international lessons and coachings, courses, residencies and any other activities which are considered of benefit.