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We are very pleased to be working alongside the Royal Over-Seas League on their 66th Annual Music Competition, which is taking place at Over-Seas House on Greek Park, London.

The AMC is the centrepiece of ROSL Arts’ year-round programme of music, art and literary events. Offering upwards of £75,000 in grants and awards, the AMC is widely-regarded in industry circles for its prestige and heritage. Recent winners of the Gold Medal include guitarist Sean Shibe, baritone Jonathan McGovern and saxophonist Huw Wiggin, each having gone on to achieve outstanding success in the early stages of their career.

Winners are offered life-changing performing opportunities after the competition, including bookings at the likes of Wigmore Hall and British music festivals. Past winners have benefited from concerts organised in countries including Singapore, Canada, Australia and Zimbabwe.

Founded in 1910 as the ‘Over-Seas Club’, ROSL aimed to unite a ‘far-flung brotherhood of individual men and women of diverse creed and races living widely apart under differing conditions, in different latitudes’ (Sir Evelyn Wrench). ROSL continues to champion international friendship and cultural understanding throughout the Commonwealth and beyond. A non-profit private members’ club, the Grade I listed clubhouse hosts regular music and arts events and offers under-35s a heavily discounted membership fee and networking opportunities.

A full list of section finals, and details of winners so far, is below:

13 February Wind and Brass (Jonathan Radford, saxophone)
20 February Voice (Michael Mofidian, bass-baritone)
27 February Strings (Emmanuel Bach, violin)
6 March Keyboard
13 March Ensembles A
20 March Ensembles B
22 March Overseas Award

The prestigious Gold Medal final, carrying an award of £15,000, will be held on 4 June at the newly reopened Queen Elizabeth Hall on the South Bank. Tickets can be purchased here.

(Written on February 28, 2018 )

Tomorrow, the second annual Music@Malling festival opens, bringing together musicians to perform at historic venues around West Malling, Kent. Showcasing the work of contemporary composers, this year the festival includes works from Huw Watkins and Judith Bingham, alongside composers’ most admired by Charles Dickens, such as Mendelssohn, Mozart, and Chopin, in celebration of what would have been his 200th birthday.

Music@Malling also features a Meet the Composers event, as well as  education and outreach programmes, enabling local school children to get involved. Opening the festival this Thursday, are performances of Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals by Chamber Domaine, narrated by cellist Matthew Sharp, who will be performing throughout the festival. Children from local primary schools have contributed to the project through art and compositional tasks.

Ahead of the festival, conductor and festival founder Thomas Kemp featured on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune, with pianist Ben Dawson to perform Judith Bingham’s Shelley Dream, which will be performed at the festival. Cellist Richard Harwood also appeared on the show, with baritone Jonathan McGovern, and Matthew Sharp to discuss Music@Malling, and the connections West Malling shares with Charles Dickens. Contrasting with the music of Judith Bingham, In Tune opened with Mendelssohn’s Song Without Words,,which will be performed at the festival on Saturday 29th.

For more information and tickets for Music@Malling, visit their website:

Photo credit Eric Richmond, Gramophone



(Written on September 26, 2012 )

Now in its second year, the Music@Malling Festival, founded and directed by conductor Thomas Kemp, celebrates the work of living composers alongside the classical greats who inspired them. This year’s Festival will mark the 200th anniversary of Dickens’ birth, evoking the recitals which Dickens himself would often host, with a performance by Jonathan McGovern, Matthew Sharp and Chamber Domaine.

This year sees the world-premiere of Judith Bingham’s Waning Moon as well as a selection of the composer’s other works and music by Huw Watkins. Alongside this will be music by some of Dickens’ favourite composers: Mendelssohn, Mozart and Chopin.

For further details, the full programme and to buy tickets, please visit the Music@Malling Festival website.

(Written on September 7, 2012 )


Violinist Israel Baker Has Died, Aged 92.

The violinist Israel Baker has died at his home in Los Angeles aged 92.

Thomas Quasthoff Withdraws From The Spotlight.

Citing ill health, the German baritone retires.

BBC News

Letter Penned By Beethoven Uncovered In Germany.

A letter written by composer Ludwig van Beethoven has emerged in Germany after being left in a will.

BBC Music Magazine

BBC Proms Launches Competition For Young Composers.

Entries to be judged by composers including Stuart MacRae and Nico Muhly.

New York Times

Carnegie Hall To Establish National Youth Orchestra In 2013.

Ireland has one. Norway has one. Sweden has one, and it will be at Carnegie Hall on Jan. 26. Even Iraq has one.

The Telegraph

Jonathan McGovern: New Face.

Jonathan McGovern is a 26 year-old baritone who looks poised for a brilliant career.


(Written on January 12, 2012 )