ROSL competition success for bass trombone

-Posted on 08.06.2017

Alumnus James Buckle is the first brass winner of the prestigious ROSL Gold Medal Prize

Bass-trombone player and Academy alumnus James Buckle has won this year’s Royal Over-Seas League Annual Competition, which took place last night at Cadogan Hall. He is the first brass player to win the prestigious competition. Recent winners include bass-baritone Jonathan Lemalu, soprano Lucy Crowe and pianist Martin Cousin.

Buckle graduated from the Academy in 2015 with a first-class Degree with Honours and an LRAM. He plays regularly with groups including Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and English National Opera and performed the world premiere of Ian Pillow’s Concerto for Bass Trombone and Viola. He wins the ROSL Gold Medal Prize of £10,000 as well as the Manu Bhungara Scholarship of £5,000. 

The Royal Academy was well represented in the final, with violinist Mathilde Milwidsky coming through from the Strings Section and baritone Nicholas Mogg the Singers Section. Milwidsky is in her fourth year studying with György Pauk and was accompanied by Somi Kim, who graduated last year. Mogg studies with Mark Wildman and Iain Ledingham and was accompanied by Jâms Coleman, a Piano Department Fellow. Buckle was accompanied by alumna Alison Procter.


Photo of James Buckle: Greg Barker

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