C.B. Oldman Prize 2015 – suggestions for titles welcome!

The committee of the C.B. Oldman Prize for 2015-2016 is: Clemens Gresser (Convener), Charlotte Jones and Sarah d’Ardenne. We have started work on identifying potential titles for the 2015 prize, and kindly request you to nominate an outstanding work of music bibliography, music reference or music librarianship by an author resident in the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland. We are looking for a book which was published in 2014. Self-nominations are possible. Please email your suggestion(s) to cboldmanprize@gmail.com before latest 30 September 2015.

Winner of the 2014 C.B. Oldman prize.

Winner of the 2014 C.B. Oldman prize.

The 2014 prize was awarded to Christopher Kent’s Edward Elgar: a thematic catalogue and research guide. 2nd edition (Abingdon: Routledge, 2013). For previous prize-winners (1989-2014) see http://www.iaml.info/iaml-uk-irl/awards/oldmanwinners.html. The prize money for 2015 will now be £300.

Cecil Bernard Oldman (1894-1969) worked at the British Museum from 1920 to 1959. In the last 11 years at the BM he was the Principal Keeper of Printed Books. Maybe not surprisingly, Oldman was a keen bibliographer, especially of works dealing with the music of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. He was president of the Library Association in 1954. His scholarly work was recognised when in 1956 he received an honorary DMus from the University of Edinburgh; he was also made an honorary fellow of Exeter College, Oxford. Oldman died in London, on 7 October 1969.

(The biographical paragraph above is based on Alec Hyatt King, ‘Oldman, Cecil Bernard (1894–1969)’, rev. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/37822, accessed 28 May 2015])



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Music Collections Supervisor at Cambridge University Library. Wide musical interests. Often to be found stuck in a composer's archive, or enthusing about antiquarian music.
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