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Entries are solicited for this year’s Malcolm Arnold Junior Essay Prize. The prize, established by The Malcolm Arnold Trust, is intended to encourage inquiry into the work of one of England’s leading composers. The competition is for students under the age of nineteen and is aimed at (but not restricted to) all those studying music as a subject within the curriculum. The judging panel will include representatives from the academic musical world. The author of the winning essay will receive £250.

Competitors are encouraged to use the Malcolm Arnold archive of autograph scores, on temporary loan to Eton College Library. A list of the scores in the archive may be found online at


1.    The essay, which must be in English, should be between 2500 and 3500 words. Music examples should be used.

2.    Arnold’s 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 or analysis.

3.    Competitors are welcome to consult original autograph scores in the Eton College Library, which is open by appointment on weekdays from 9.30 to 5.00. Please contact the library at or 01753 370590.

4.    The completed essay should be typed in double spacing and sent to by 31 January 2019. The winner will be announced the following month.

5.    The winning essay will be published in Maestro, the annual magazine of the Malcolm Arnold Society.

Previous winners:

2017 (junior prize) – Isaac Adni (Westminster School), “Malcolm Arnold’s concertos: masterpieces of mélange”
2017 (main prize) – Eleanor Fox (KCL), “‘just great’: Malcolm Arnold Clarinet Concerto no. 2, op. 115”