Royal Over-seas League Arts
Previous winners

 Past ROSL alumni include pianists Geoffrey Parsons, John Lill, Melvyn Tan, Barry Douglas, Piers Lane and Paul Lewis; cellists Jacqueline du Pre and Liwei Qin, violinists Anthony Marwood and Clio Gould; singers Nathan Berg, Ian Bostridge, Jean Rigby, Susan Chilcott, Janice Watson and Jonathan Lemalu; and ensembles Guildhall String Ensemble and the Leopold String Trio.

Full List of Past Prizewinners

2008 Annual Music Competition Prizewinners

Main Awards

Gold Medal and First Prize, £5,000: Laura Lucas, flute

ROSL Award for Keyboard, £2,500: Michael Ierace, piano

ROSL Award for Strings, £2,500: Victoria Simonsen, cello

ROSL Award for Singers in memory of Pamela Faulkner, £2,500: Adrian Ward, tenor

Worshipful Company of Dyers Award for Wind & Percussion in memory of Lady Barbirolli, £2,500, Laura Lucas, flute

ROSL Award for Accompanists, £2,500: Joseph Middleton

ROSL Ensemble Prize A & Miller Trophy £5,000: Brodowski Quartet

ROSL Ensemble Prize B & Miller Trophy, £5,000: Camarilla Ensemble

Awards for Musicians from Overseas

Lorna Viol Memorial Prize and ROSL Trophy for the most outstanding musician from overseas £1,500: Sarah-Jane Brandon, soprano

Audrey Strange Memorial Prize for a singer of promise, £500: Sarah-Jane Brandon, soprano

Tait Memorial Scholarship for an Australian Musician, £500: Melissa Doecke, flute

Australian Music Scholarship for an Australian Musician, £500: Amir Farid, piano

McCallum Prize for a pianist of promise: £500, Jayson Gillham, piano

Liszt Society Prize, £500: Jayson Gillham, piano

Australian Musical Association Prize for an Australian Musician, £500: Andrew Goodwin, tenor

Tait Memorial Sholarship for an Australian Musician: £500, Michael Ierace, piano

ROSL Sussex Prize for a woodwind player, £500: Fiona Kelly, flute

Dalgety Memorial Prize for a musician from overseas, £500: Alison Murphy, flute

Mitchell Award for a New Zealand musician, £500: Kristen Darragh, mezzo ,

New Zealand Society Prize for a New Zealand musician, £500: Victoria Simonsen, cello

Philip Crawshaw Memorial Prize for a musician from overseas, £500: Ivan Kiwuwa, piano

Additional Award

Elias Fawcett Award for an outstanding ensemble, £1,000: Rhodes Trio, piano trio


2007 Annual Music Competition Prizewinners


Coutts & Co Award for Keyboard: Daniel de Borah, Piano

ROSL Award for Strings: Pei-Sian Ng, Cello

ROSL Award for Singers in memory of Pamela Faulkner: George von Bergen, Baritone

Worshipful Company of Dyers Award for Wind & Percussion:  Jill Kemp, Recorder

Parnell Award & JBR Trophy for Accompanists: Daniel Swain, Piano

ROSL Ensemble Prize A & Miller Trophy: Cappa String Quartet

ROSL Ensemble Prize B & Miller Trophy:  Zephirus, Saxophone Quartet

Awards for Musicians form Overseas

Lorna Viol Memorial prize and ROSL Trophy for the most outstanding musician from overseas:  Eleni Mavromoustaki, Piano

Sheila Macbrayne Memorial Prize for a Canadian Musician:  Grace Mo, Piano

Audrey Strange Memorial Prize for a Singer of Promise:  Madeleine Pierard, Mezzo-Soprano

Len Lickorish Memorial Prize for a String Player of Great Promise:  Grace Lee, Violin

Irene Brown Memorial Prize of Promise from New Zealand:  Fei Ren, Piano

Edith Phipps Memorial Prize for a Canadian Musician: Katie Stillman, Violin

Mitchell Award for a New Zealand Musician:  Andrew Conley, Baritone

Tait Memorial Scholarship for an Australian Musician:  Andrew Goodwin, Tenor

Tait Memorial Scholarship for an Australian Musician:  Pei-Sian Ng, Cello

Philip Crawshaw Memorial Prize for a Musician from Overseas:  Eleni Mavromoustaki, Piano

McCallum Prize for a Pianist of Promise:  Jennifer Lee, Piano

Additional Awards

Elias Fawcett Award for a young musician or ensemble: Catherine Hopper, Mezzo-Soprano
Philip Jones Memorial Prize for an Outstanding Brass Player:  Cameron Todd, Trumpet


Awards for the 2006 ROSL Annual Music Competition



John Myerscough Cello -
ROLS Gold Medalist and First Prize &
ROSL Award for Strings

John Myerscough was born in London in 1982.   He studied with the late William Pleeth, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and Valentin Erben, and is now a Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he studies with Louise Hopkins

He is also the winner of the 2006 Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Cello Prize and was awarded the Prince of Wales Award following the 2006 Martin Musical Scholarship Fund auditions. His postgraduate studies have been supported by the MBF who awarded him an Ian Fleming Charitable Trust award and a Myra Hess Trust award.


As a soloist he has performed concertos with the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra in the Purcell Room, St. Johns, Smith Square and St Martin-in-the-Fields. With his duo partner Alasdair Beatson he has performed in venues such as Cadogan Hall, Steinway Hall, St. James, Piccadilly (in a Park Lane Group Young Artists Lunchtime Recital) and at Kettles Yard in Cambridge


Leslie Neish Tuba -
Worshipful Company of Dyers Award
for Wind and Percussion


Leslie Neish was born in Wirral in 1982.  His teachers have included: James Gourlay (RNCM), Brain Kingsley, Roger Bobo and Ewan Easton.

He has also successfully competed in many competitions and prizes winning: 2nd Prize in the 10th International Performers Competition, BBC Young Musician Brass Finalist 2000, Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe 2000, Grornwy Evans Memorial Award (RNCM) 2004, Star award at Countess of Munster Musical Trust 2004 & Recital Scheme 2005-7, Charles Legget Award, MBF 2004 Tillet Trust Grant, 2005 Besson Performing Artist.

As a soloist he has performed and recorded the Darrol Barry Tuba Concerto and also premiered Peter Meechan's Tuba Concerto.  As an orchestral musician he has worked with the Halle Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra under Thierry Fischer.  His solo recitals have included concerts at the Bridgewater Hall and at Thirsk, Brockenhurst and Ludlow music societies.


Mateusz Borowiak Piano -
Coutts & Co Award for Keyboard

Mateusz Borowiak was born in London in 1988. He is currently studying piano with his parents and composition with Jeffrey Wilson at the Junior Guildhall. His studies have been supported by the Drapers Company and Leverhulme Trust for four years. He has also been a recipient of the National Grant and Musicians  Benevolent Fund awards. In 2005 he won joint first prize in the Junior Guildhall annual Lutine competition, and was awarded the AGSMD Piano Performing Diploma with High Honours. He won the Coutts & Co Award for Keyboard at the 2006 Royal Over-Seas League Annual Music Competition.

Mateusz has given solo piano recitals at Cleveden, Holdenby House, the Bushey Festival, Birmingham Hall, Oxford University, Cramphorn Theatre and throughout Poland and the Czech Republic. Last year he took part in the International Summer Academy in Salzburg with Andrzej Jasiński.

Mateusz was awarded the Wax Chandlers Composition Prize in 2002 and the Eiluned Davies Composition Prize in 2003. His compositions have been performed by the PM Music Ensemble, East Anglian Single Reed Choir, members of the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican and by the Endymion Ensemble at the Purcell Room. He himself frequently performs his Preludes and Fugues and other piano works in concerts.

Jacques Imbrailo Singer -
ROSL Award for Singers

Jacques Imbrailo was born in South Africa in 1978. He completed a law degree and a BMus degree Cum Laude at the Potchefstroom University in South Africa in 2002 under Professor Werner Nel, followed by postgraduate opera studies at the Royal College of Music under Ryland Davies.

Jacques was the winner of the Distell National Singing Competition, runner-up at the South African Music Rights Organization International Scholarship competition and second prize at the Richard Tauber Singing Competition 2005. His operatic experience includes Tarquinius (The Rape of Lucretia) and Guglielmo (Cosí fan tutte) at the RCM and Mercutio (Romeo et Juliette) for British Youth Opera. He has performed extensively in South Africa and England, including lieder recitals and concert programmes. Oratorio performances include the Bach St John Passion, Handels Messiah, Brahms Requiem, Faure Requiem and Durufle Requiem. He has attended masterclasses with Mimi Coertze, Helmut Deutsch, Sven Bjorkoy, Kobie van Rensburg, Thomas Hampson, Thomas Allen, Gerald Finley and Christa Ludwig.

Jacques Imbrailos plans include performances of Mozarts Grabmusik with the Classical Opera Company in the Wigmore Hall, Ireland and Italy as well as Gugliemo (Cosí fan tutte) with the COC in Ireland, England and Italy. He is represented by IMG Artists and supported by the Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation, the Ernst Oppenheimer Trust, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and the Tillett Trust. An EMI recording of Purcell works with Kings College Cambridge and the OAE will be released in early 2006. He will join the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme of the Royal Opera House in September 2006.


Ensemble na Mara Piano Trio -
ROSL Ensemble Prize A

Ensemble na Mara was established in 2003 in Scotland, and is currently based in London. During the 2005/6 season the ensemble have been prizewinners of the Tunnell Trust, the Kirckman Concert Society.

The ensemble performs a wide range of repertoire which, in keeping with their celtic links, includes Scottish traditional music:Thisall have them dancing in the aislesa (The Scotsman). In most concerts the ensemble programmes a combination of string trios and piano quartets, although the ensemble regularly explores repertoire for alternative (and exotic) instrumentations. The ensemble is often joined by Donald Grant, violinist with the Elias String Quartet.

Past concerts include annual appearances at the Feis an Eilen in Skye, performances at the Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival, in Sheffields Crucible as part of the Music in the Round series, and residencies at The Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada, and the Tunnell Trustâs Strathgarry festival. Next season the ensemble will give a series of concerts throughout Scotland as winners of the Tunnell Trust Concert Scheme, in addition to their Wigmore Hall debut as awarded by the Kirckman Concert Society.

Lancier Brass Brass Quintet -

ROSL Ensemble Prize B


The Lancier Brass Quintet was formed in 2002. Its members have worked with orchestras including the Vienna Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, London Symphony and BBC Symphony Orchestras.


They have performed recitals throughout the UK, most recently at the Purcell Rooms as part of the Park Lane Group Young Artists series. In the summer of 2004 they were recorded live at the Victoria & Albert Museum for BBC Radio 3 as part of the BBC Proms Composer Portrait series. They have also broadcast on BBC West Midlands. The quintet appeared at the opening concert of the Crwth Chamber Music Series 2004, and at the Leicester New Walk Museum as part of the Leicester International Music Festival.


Full List of Past Prizewinners