Bass trombonist wins Royal Over-seas League Competition

James Buckle becomes first brass winner in competition’s history

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Bass trombonist James Buckle has won Gold Medal at the Royal Over-seas League (ROSL) Music Competition, the first brass player to do so in the competition’s 65-year history. In a tense final at London’s Cadogan Hall, in the presence of HRH Princess Alexandra, 23-year-old Buckle emerged triumphant with virtuosic and highly musical performances of works by Mozart, Schumann and Bozza, taking home a total of £15,000 in prize money, including the £5,000 Bhumgara Scholarship for professional development.

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Buckle’s victory adds him to a long list of distinguished winners since the ROSL competition was founded in 1952 with a first prize that was then just £10. Cellist Jacqueline du Pré was awarded the Gold Medal in 1961, followed by pianists John Lill and Melvyn Tan in 1963 and 1976 respectively, and soprano Lucy Crowe in 2002.

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This year’s three runner-up finalists were violinist Mathilde Milwidsky, pianist Dominic Degavino and baritone Nicholas Mogg.