ROSL success for a host of RCM musicians

Friday 23 March 2018


Several Royal College of Music musicians have enjoyed success at this year’s ROSL Annual Music Competition, winning their individual categories to secure places in the Grand Final at Queen Elizabeth Hall in June.

Saxophonist Jonathan Radford won the Wind and Brass Section Final with performances of Debussy, Turnage and the Presto from Khatchaturian’s Sonata Op. 1 for Violin. Jonathan is studying for an Artist Diploma in Performance and is the RCM’s Mills Williams Junior Fellow for 2017/18. He performs in prestigious venues throughout Europe and is a keen promoter of contemporary music.

The winner of this year’s Strings Final was violinist Emmanuel Bach with a programme ofDebussy, Anthemes I by Boulez and Saint-Saens’ 6th Etude. Also studying for an Artist Diploma in Performance, Emmanuel completed his Masters at the RCM with Natasha Boyarsky. He has performed concertos by Brahms, Paganini and Tchaikovsky and is a dedicated chamber musician, currently leading the Bach String Quartet.

RCM ensemble the Marmen Quartet won this year’s Ensembles A Final with performances of movements from Ravel String Quartet in F Major, Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in F Minor and Haydn’s String Quartet in C Major. The Marmen Quartet’s newest member, New Zealand violist Bryony Gibson-Cornish recently received a prestigious Tragore Gold Medal from HRH The Prince of Wales during this year’s President’s Visit.

Clarinettist Elliot Gresty was awarded the ROSL Award for a Woodwind Player of Promise in the Wind and Brass Section Final. Ensemble Solaire, another RCM ensemble, won the Elias Fawcett Award for an Outstanding Ensemble for their performances of Ravel and Ligeti in the Ensembles B Final. In the Overseas Final, baritone Kieran Raynor won the Phillip Crawshaw Memorial Prize for an Oustanding Musician from Overseas and pianist Bradley Wood was awarded the ROSL Award for an Outstanding New Zealand Musician.

The ROSL Annual Music Competition is the centrepiece of ROSL ARTS’ year-round programme of events. The competition offers more than £75,000 in awards with a £15,000 first prize for solo performers and two chamber ensemble awards of £10,000. 

The finalists from each category will perform in the Grand Final at Queen Elizabeth Hall on Monday 4 June. More information can be found here.

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