Classical guitarist wins Royal Over-Seas League competition

Prestigious music prize scooped by 19 year-old

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Guitarist Sean Shibe, aged 19, has won the Gold medal at the Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) competition held in London.

Shibe won the overall prize after winning the Strings section award and £5,000 prize money. He is only the second guitarist ever to take the title which comes with £10,000 and a clutch of solo engagements, including at Wigmore Hall.

The other finalists – oboist Suzanne Thorn, mezzo-soprano Kitty Whately and pianist Ashley Fripp – each won £10,000. The Cavaleri Quartet and Cries of London won the two ROSL ensemble awards.

Shibe said he was delighted to have won the award: 'It has worldwide prestige and I am very much looking forward to the months ahead performing on tour for the ROSL. To be only the second guitarist to win in the ROSL’s 100 year history, is a real honour.'

The ROSL annual music competition has been running for 59 years and is open to musicians under 30 from the UK and Commonwealth or former Commonwealth countries.

Elizabeth Davis

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