November 16, 2016 in All Opportunities, Performers by mwhiteside

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 generous scholarship (amount tbc), 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.



The 2017 competition is open to citizens of the UK and Commonwealth, including former Commonwealth countries, for instrumentalists and singers up to and including the age of 30 as at 7 June 2017. Deadline for applications: Wednesday 4 January 2017.

For ensembles, at least half the members of a group must be aged 30 or under, and the average age of the group must also be 30 or under.


Accompanists are not provided, but can be recommended. Accompanists may be of any age or nationality; however only those who are citizens of the UK and Commonwealth, including former Commonwealth countries up to and including the age of 30 as at 7 June 2017, will be considered for the accompanists prize.

Competition Rules

The Director of ROSL ARTS’ decision to accept or refuse any entry is final. The decision of the Adjudicating Panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The Adjudicators reserve the right to withhold any prize should the required standard not be attained.

Once a competitor has won a prize in the Annual Music Competition, they are not eligible for that prize in a subsequent year. Previous winners of the main solo awards are not eligible to enter the Annual Music Competition as soloists again.

The ROSL Director of Arts reserves the right to allow any stage of the Annual Music Competition to be recorded, broadcast or televised.

Candidates must be available for all relevant audition dates, including Overseas Awards evening on 23 March 2017 for non-UK Commonwealth competitors and the Final Concert at the Cadogan Hall on 7 June 2017.

Once a candidate has been accepted by the Annual Music Competition, alteration to the submitted programme will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances.

Audition dates

Stage 1 preliminary video rounds
9-13 January

Wind, brass and percussion
Stage 2 Monday 13 February, 11.00am – 6.00pm
Stage 3 Tuesday 14 February, 7.00 – 9.00pm

Stage 2 Monday 20 February, 11.00am – 6.00pm
Stage 3 Tuesday 21 February, 7.00 – 9.00pm

Stage 2 Monday 27 February, 11.00am – 6.00pm
Stage 3 Tuesday 28 February, 7.00 – 9.00pm

Stage 2 Monday 6 March, 11.00am – 6.00pm
Stage 3 Tuesday 7 March, 7.00 – 9.00pm

Ensembles A (strings/keyboard)
Stage 2 Monday 13 March, 6.00 – 9.00pm
Stage 3 Tuesday 14 March, 7.00 – 9.00pm

Ensembles B (wind/mixed)
Stage 2 Monday 20 March, 11.00am – 6.00pm
Stage 3 Tuesday21 March, 7.00 – 9.00pm

Overseas Awards
Tuesday 23 March, 7.00 – 9.00pm

Final Concert
Wednesday 7 June, 7.00pm

All auditions (including the Overseas Awards) take place at Over-Seas House London, except for the Final Concert, which takes place at Cadogan Hall, London.