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ROYAL OVER-SEAS LEAGUE
71st ANNUAL MUSIC COMPETITION 2023

As with 2022, the ROSL Annual Music Competition is now open to nationalities beyond the Commonwealth. The ROSL solo prizes are now open to musicians from the USA, all EU and EEA countries and Switzerland, as well as all current and former Commonwealth countries.

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The overall competition is made up of the following sections:

  • ROSL Singers Prize
  • ROSL Solo Wind and Brass Prize
  • ROSL Solo Strings Prize
  • ROSL Solo Keyboard Prize
  • ROSL String Ensembles Prize
  • ROSL Mixed Ensembles Prize

The winners of the four solo prizes compete for the Competition Gold Medal and First Prize.

The solo awards are open to citizens of the UK, Commonwealth and former Commonwealth Countries, the U.S.A, all EU and EEA countries and Switzerland, for instrumentalists and singers between the ages of 18 and 30 as at 14th June 2023.

The ROSL String Ensembles Prize is for strings (duos with harp or guitar only, not instrument+piano), strings and piano, or piano duo/duet

The ROSL Mixed Ensembles Prize is for wind, percussion, vocal or mixed ensembles (no duos of instrument/voice+piano).

At least one of the ensemble members must be a UK and Commonwealth citizen. The remaining ensemble members may be of any nationality. At least half the members of a group must be between the ages of 18 and 30, and the average age of the group must also be 30 or under. 

The competition has a modest fund to assist with travel expenses and accommodation for those travelling into the UK for any live rounds. 

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, Buxton, Lichfield, Kings Lynn, Lake District Summer Music, and North Norfolk. ROSL's award-winning series of chamber music concerts in 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, Antigua and Zimbabwe.

AWARDS
  • Gold Medal and First Prize £15,000 (£10,000+£5,000 professional development scholarship)
  • ROSL Solo Keyboard Prize £5,000
  • ROSL Solo Strings Prize £5,000
  • ROSL Singers Prize £5,000
  • ROSL Solo Wind and Brass Prize £5,000
  • Award for collaborative pianists £5,000
  • ROSL String Ensembles Prize £10,000
  • ROSL Mixed Ensembles Prize £10,000
  • ROSL Overseas Award £3,000

In addition to the prizes listed above, ROSL has a fund of up to £18,000 for awards for specific categories including non-UK Commonwealth musicians, particular instruments and for young musicians of exceptional promise.
Additional prizes that are regularly awarded include the Philip Jones Brass Prize and the Yorke Trust Double Bass Prize. 

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.

Overseas Awards
The Overseas Awards showcase non-UK Commonwealth musicians from all stages of the competition (including the first stage video round) who have shown exceptional promise. Musicians will be invited to perform at this special evening on the 28th March 2023, where various prizes are available, including the ROSL Overseas Award.


Deadline for applications: Thursday 5 January 2023 at 5pm.

ELIGIBILITY & RULES

Eligibility
The 2023 competition is open to citizens of the UK, Commonwealth and former Commonwealth Countries, the U.S.A, all EU and EEA countries and Switzerland, for instrumentalists and singers between the ages of 18 and 30 as at 14 June 2023. You must have citizenship at the time of application. 

For ensembles, at least half the members of a group must be between the ages of 18 and 30, and the average age of the group must also be 30 or under. 

Collaborative pianists
Duo pianists are not provided for the semi-final and final rounds, but can be recommended. Duo piano partners may be of any age or nationality; however only those who are from the UK, Commonwealth and former Commonwealth Countries, the U.S.A, all EU and EEA countries and Switzerland, between the ages of 18 and 30 as at 14 June 2023 will be considered for the Collaborative Piano prize. Entry for this award is via the application of a solo prize candidate.

Competition Rules
The ROSL Artistic Director's 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.

Candidates must have relevant nationality at the time of entering the competition.

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 Artistic Director reserves the right to allow any stage of the Annual Music Competition to be recorded, broadcast or televised. Any resulting material from this remains the property of ROSL and cannot be repurposed elsewhere.

We will not communicate through third parties - each candidate must have their own direct email address and contact details.

Page turners are not provided at any stage of the competition.

Candidates must be available for all relevant audition dates, including the Overseas Awards evening on 28 March 2022 for non-UK Commonwealth competitors and the Gold Medal Final at Wigmore Hall on 14 June 2023.

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

Deadline for applications: Thursday 5 January 2023 at 5pm.

Audition dates 2023

Stage 1 preliminary video rounds
9-13 January 

Wind, brass and percussion
Stage 2 Monday 13 February, 10.00am – 5.00pm 
Stage 3 Tuesday 14 February, 7.00 – 9.00pm

Singers
Stage 2 Monday 20 February, 10.00am – 5.00pm 
Stage 3 Tuesday 21 February, 7.00 – 9.00pm

Keyboard
Stage 2 Monday 27 February, 10.00am – 5.00pm 
Stage 3 Tuesday 28 February, 7.00 – 9.00pm

Strings
Stage 2 Monday 6 March, 10.00am – 5.00pm 
Stage 3 Tuesday 7 March, 7.00 – 9.00pm

Ensembles A (strings/keyboard)
Stage 2 Monday 13 March, 10.00am – 5.00pm 
Stage 3 Tuesday 14 March, 7.00 – 9.00pm

Ensembles B (wind/mixed)
Stage 2 Monday 20 March, 10.00am – 5.00pm 
Stage 3 Tuesday 21 March, 7.00 – 9.00pm

Overseas Awards
Thursday 29 March, 7.00 – 9.00pm

Gold Medal Final 
Wednesday 14 June, 7.30pm

All auditions (including the Overseas Awards) take place in the Princess Alexandra Hall at Over-Seas House London, except for the Gold Medal Final, which takes place at Wigmore Hall, London. 

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