Photo: Eton College, which houses the Malcolm Arnold Archive. ©Evka Wojnarowicz

A new essay-writing competition was been launched to encourage research into the music of Malcolm Arnold, one of Britain’s leading composers.

Organised by the Malcolm Arnold Trust and the Malcolm Arnold Society, the award will be given in two categories: for the best essay submitted by a writer aged over nineteen years, with a separate prize presented to a writer aged under nineteen.

Applicants should write between 2,500 and 5,000 words on the subject of either the composer’s film music or his concertos. The Malcolm Arnold Archive contains a large number of autograph scores covering both genres and will be available for consultation at Eton College Library.

The winning essay will be published in Maestro, the annual magazine of the Malcolm Arnold Society, and its writer will receive a prize of £1,000. A special prize of £250 presented to the best essay written by an applicant aged under nineteen.

The deadline for entries is 31 January 2018 and full instructions for entry can be found on the Eton College website at