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Entries are solicited for the first Malcolm Arnold Prize Essay. The prize, established by The Malcolm Arnold Trust and The Malcolm Arnold Society, is intended to promote scholarly inquiry into the work of one of England’s leading composers. The winning essay will receive £1000, and there will be a special prize of £250 for the best essay written by someone under the age of nineteen.

There is a choice of two topics this year: either Malcolm Arnold’s concertos or Malcolm Arnold’s film music. Competitors are encouraged to use the Malcolm Arnold archive, on temporary loan to the Eton College Library.  A list of relevant autograph scores in the archive may be found online at or by contacting the Library.


1. The essay, which must be in English, should be between 2500 and 5000 words. Music examples should be used.

2. The topics of Arnold’s concertos and film music may be approached in any way, from a general survey to the study of one particular genre or work. The entry should, however, contain some original research.

3. Competitors are welcome to consult original autograph scores in the Eton College Library, which is open on weekdays from 9.30 to 5.00, and application to use the Arnold archive should be made to the library at or 01753 370590.

4. The completed essay should be typed in double spacing and sent to by 13 January 2018. The winner will be announced later that month. The judging panel will include representatives from the Arnold Society and the academic musical world.

5. The winning essays and perhaps a runner-up will be published in Maestro, the annual magazine of the Malcolm Arnold Society.

A number of manuscripts of Arnold’s concerti and film scores can be consulted at Eton College Library. These are:


                                Concerto for Cello and Orchestra

                                Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (drafts)

                                Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra No 2

                                Concerto for Clarinet and Strings

                                Concerto for Flute and Orchestra No 1

                                Concerto for Flute and Orchestra No 2

                                Concerto for Flute and Strings

                                Concerto for Flute and Strings (drafts)

                                Concerto for Harmonica and Orchestra

                                Concerto for Horn and Strings

                                Concerto for Oboe and Strings

                                Concerto for Organ and Orchestra

                                Concerto for Piano Duet and Strings

                                Concerto for Recorder and Orchestra

                                Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra

                                Concerto for Twenty-Eight Players

                                Concerto for Viola and Orchestra


The following film scores are on deposit:


                                Africa - Texas Style  (Cowboy in Africa)

                                The Beautiful Country of Ayr

                                The Belles of St. Trinian’s

                                The Boy and the Bridge

                                The Captain’s Paradise

                                David Copperfield

                                The Great St. Trinian’s Train Robbery

                                The Inn of the Sixth Happiness

                                The Night my Number Came up

                                The Roots of Heaven

                                Stolen Face

                                Suddenly Last Summer


                                This Modern Age              (a) The Riddle of Japan

                                                                           (b) The Struggle for Oil

                                                                           (c) Women in Our Time

                                Tunes of Glory

                                You Know What Sailors Are


The film scores vary in their detail. Some have the complete music for a film, but others just a few themes or fragments.

Entrants for the prize may use concertos and film music not included in the above lists.