Last night saw Kris Garfitt trombone, win the Gold Medal and first prize of the ROSL Annual Music Competition and prizemoney of £20,000. This is the third year a Wind and Brass section winner has gone onto win the top prize. Kris and his fellow competitors, William Thomas bass, Joseph Havlat piano and Roberto Ruisi violin performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in front an esteemed industry panel of adjudicators, led by Professor Gavin Henderson CBE. 

The Gold Medal Final of the 2019 ROSL Annual Music Competition on 30 May, 7pm will see four soloists, winners of our Section Finals, compete for the coveted Gold Medal and first prize of £15,000. Kris Garfitt trombone, William Thomas bass, Roberto Ruisi violin, and Joseph Havlat piano will perform in front an esteemed industry panel of adjudicators, led by Professor Gavin Henderson CBE, Principal of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Lord Luce, President of the Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) announced today on behalf of the organisations’ Central Council, that the Honourable Alexander Downer AC will be the next Chairman of the Royal Over-Seas League. 

The Hermes Experiment, made up of Héloïse Werner soprano, Marianne Schofield double bass, Anne Denholm harp, and Oliver Pashley clarinet won the 67th ROSL Annual Music Competition Mixed Ensemble Section Prize on Tuesday 19 March and were awarded £10,000. They will now go on to perform at the Gold Medal Final on 30 May 2019. The Hermes Experiment’s 20-minute programme of Gareth Wood, Freya Waley-Cohen, Stevie Wishart, and Meredith Monk wowed the audience and judging panel. 

The Mithras Trio, made up of Ionel Manciu violin, Leo Popplewell cello and Dominic Degavino piano won the 67th ROSL Annual Music Competition Strings and Piano Ensemble Section Prize on Tuesday 12 March and were awarded £10,000 and a chance to perform at the Gold Medal Final on 30 May 2019. The Mithras Trio’s 20-minute programme of Arensky and Helen Grime wowed the audience and judging panel. 

Joseph Havlat piano won the 67th ROSL Annual Music Competition Keyboard Section Prize on Tuesday 5 March and was awarded £5,000 and a sought-after place at the Gold Medal Final on 30 May 2019. Thomas’s 20-minute programme of Dohnányi, Byrd, and Grainger wowed the capacity crowd and judging panel.