C.B. Oldman award

The C.B. Oldman prize is an annual award of £300 for an outstanding work of music bibliography, music reference or music librarianship by an author resident in the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland. Items published in a given year which meet the award criteria should be considered for the prize awarded two years later.

Nominations may be made by IAML (UK & Irl) members and any interested parties, including publishers.

The members of the C.B. Oldman Prize Committee are listed under Committees and Working Groups.

The committee reserves the right not to award the prize in any one year. 

The 2018 prize was awarded to Michael Allis (ed.). Granville Bantock’s letters to William Wallace and Ernest Newman, 1893-1921. (Woodbridge : Boydell Press, 2017) ISBN 9781783272334.

The final short list for the 2019 C.B. Oldman Award is as follows:

Bird, M. (ed.). The wanderer : diaries, 1905-1907 / Edward Elgar. (Rickmansworth, Herts : Elgar Works, 2018). ISBN 9781904856597

Lawson, C. and Stowell, R. (eds). The Cambridge encyclopedia of historical performance in music. (Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2018).  ISBN 9781107108080.

Scott, D., Foreman, L. and De'Ath, L. (eds). The Cyril Scott companion: unity in diversity. (Woodbridge : The Boydell Press, 2018). ISBN 9781783272860.

Previous winners of the award.

Terms and conditions

  • The Oldman Prize is awarded to an author or joint authors of a work deemed to have made a significant contribution in the area of music bibliography, music reference or music librarianship, published two years prior to the award year.

  • Both print and electronic/online publications are eligible.

  • The recipient of the prize must be resident in the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland during the year of entry. If there are multiple authors, at least 50% must be ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom or Ireland.

  • All nominations must be submitted by the published closing date.

  • The prize will be presented each year to the winner at the Annual General Meeting of the IAML (UK & Irl) Branch.