Accordionist wins £20k

Accordionist wins £20k


norman lebrecht

November 25, 2021

The Gold Medal at the Royal Over-Seas League music competition has been won by a Scottish acordionist, Ryan Corbett.

He wheezes off with £20,000.

The other finalists were Matthias Balzat cello, Milly Forrest soprano and Marie Sato flute.


  • La plus belle voix says:

    The Royal Over-Seas League is an obsolescent and anachronistic organisation that continues, in the 21st century, to promote “friendship and understanding throughout the Commonwealth”. These might have been laudable aims many moons ago perhaps.

    Members and their guests are asked to wear “smart casual clothing while enjoying the Club’s facilities. National/ traditional dress equivalents are always welcome.” Equivalents? The mind boggles.

    Don’t whatever you do use the Non-U word “abroad” when in the “over-seas” club, as the disapprobation for such a cardinal sin will be immense, possibly even greater than the dreaded “t-word”.

    • Elizabeth Owen says:

      Well I am a member and have been for a number of years and I guess you weren’t allowed to join for some reason because as usual you ae talking nonsense- not the first word I thought of.

      • La plus belle voix says:

        Well, your guess is wrong Elisabeth. I just did not want to be in a club that would accept me as a member.

  • J Barcelo says:

    It’s encouraging to know that there are still young people wanting to learn thus unwieldy instrument – and then play it so well. Go to 33:00 and judge for yourself.

  • M. Arnold says:

    Old joke:
    What is the definition of a gentleman?
    Someone who knows how to play the accordion but doesn’t.

  • Althea T-H says:

    Good to see that he was the only one to win First Prize!

    If the ROSL also gave out only one Second Prize and one Third, we can celebrate with joy the welcome return of common sense and decisiveness.