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63rd Royal Over-Seas League Annual Music Competition Prize Winners Announced

Royal-Overseas-League front of house

Pianist Alexander Soares, a student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, has won the Gold Medal and £15,000 in prize money at the 63rd Royal Over-Seas League Annual Music Competition, held on Monday June 1 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in Londonís South Bank Centre.

The Chairman of the distinguished panel of judges was Gavin Henderson CBE, Principal of Central School of Speech and Drama, and the prizes were presented by Sir Richard Stilgoe.

Director of ROSL ARTS, Roderick Lakin remarked ĎThis was my 32nd final, and for consistent quality of finalist and performances on the night, I canít recall a better one.í

The other finalists, who each received £5,000 were: Soraya Mafi soprano (Royal College of Music) Juliana Myslov harp (Royal College of Music), Michael Buchanan tenor trombone (Clare College, Cambridge/ Bern Conservatoire) and Charlotte Ashton flute (Royal Academy of Music).

 


Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Case Study: New Note Orchestra Start Up

New Note Orchestra, a unique project aimed at assisting people with recovery from addiction, was founded by social entrepreneur Molly Mathieson last year and is now the only project of its kind in the UK.

The idea began in 2014 as a TV show for Channel 4, Addicts Symphony, in which ten musicians in recovery worked together for two months building towards a concert with the London Symphony Orchestra. The show had a remarkable 80% success rate in dealing with the addictions of participants and Molly was further inspired to turn the TV show into a community project having seen the power of music in helping a friend deal with the tragic loss of her son.

With over 2 million people in the UK fighting an addiction, the project aims to give everyone who takes part the opportunity to transform their lives through music by increasing their self-esteem and confidence while simultaneously teaching them new skills. The Orchestra is open to those of all abilities and musical tastes with each person receiving peer support within a structured musical programme and a supportive community to help change their futures.

The project is now taking shape in Brighton which Molly chose as the location due to its diverse music scene and recovery community. As part of the projectís development, an open workshop will be held on July 18 to give people the opportunity to meet others in recovery and share a music experience in a creative and supportive environment.





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