New Zealand violinist Amalia Hall won the 64th ROSL Annual Music Competition Overseas Award on Tuesday 15 March and was awarded the £3,000 prize.

Five outstanding musicians from overseas were selected from the Section Finals across all categories of the competition. South African soprano Caroline Modiba, New Zealand pianist and accordionist Eddie Giffney, Australian violist Ann Beilby, Maltese saxophonist Philip Attard and New Zealand violinist Amalia Hall all performed spectacularly in their individual categories, and when brought together proved that the calibre of the Annual Music Competition continues to rise and rise.

Jacquin Trio won the 64th ROSL Annual Music Competition Section Final for Ensembles B on Tuesday 8 March and was awarded the £10,000 prize.

Four ensembles were chosen from 24 during the auditions process. The Jacquin Trio, Duo Bayanello, the Pelléas Ensemble and Cavendish Winds all played superlatively in previous rounds in order to gain a place in the final, and delivered sparkling and unique performances throughout the evening. It was an interesting decision for the adjudicators Angela Malsbury, Sarah Field and Leslie Neish, given the variety and range of the instruments and repertoire, but it was the Jacquin Trio who took home the prize, for their remarkable interpretation of Schumann, Bruch, Kurtag and Francaix.

Consone Quartet won the 64th ROSL Annual Music Competition Section Final for Ensembles A on Tuesday 1 March and was awarded the £10,000 prize.

Four ensembles were chosen from 13 during the auditions process. Ruisi Quartet, Lipatti Piano Quartet, Consone Quartet and Maxwell Quartet delivered a delightful evening of soaring music, which was greatly enjoyed by the audience and adjudicators alike.

Baritone Henry Neil won the  64th ROSL Annual Music Competition Section Final for Singers on Tuesday 9 February and was awarded the £5,000 prize and sought after place at the Grand Final on 1 June 2016. Henry was considered the standout performer on the night by the adjudicators, and the audience at the Princess Alexandra Hall certainly agreed.  

Australian violinist Emily Sun won the 64th ROSL Annual Music Competition Section Final for Strings on Tuesday 16 February and was awarded the £5,000 prize and sought after place at the Grand Final on 1 June 2016. The evenings’ competition was exceptional; with diverse and entertaining programmes from all but it was Emily who wowed the audience and the adjudicators with her performance of:  

Maltese saxophonist Philip Attard wowed the adjudicators of the 64th ROSL Annual Music Competition Section Final for Wind and Percussion on Tuesday 2 February with his performance, and was awarded the £5000 prize and sought after place at the Grand Final on 1 June 2016. Philips’s impressive repertoire in the final included Yoshimatsu, Fuzzy Bird Sonata and Decruck Sonata for saxophone and piano. Philip was accompanied by Christine Zerafa.