Student researchers are encouraged to enter the second British Music Society Essay Competition following the 2019 event which coincided with the Society’s 40th anniversary celebrations.

The competition continues its aim to stimulate an increase in musicological engagement within the field of British Music in the Western Classical Tradition and to widen the pool of contributors to the Society’s Journal, known as British Music

The author of the winning essay will have their submission published in a future edition of British Music and will be awarded a cash prize of £100.


  1. The essay should explore a topic that relates to British Music at any point during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Composers of focus should generally no longer be alive, though an essay that examines the output of one who has reached a significantly advanced age may be considered, after consultation with the Editor.
  2. In their essay, the author should proffer a refined analysis, synthesis, and critical evaluation of the relevant literature; and should bring to light their own insights whilst maintaining a clear research focus.  
  3. The essay is to be written in English, and the word count should lie between 3 000 and 5 000.
  4. Entrants should be registered students within a recognised institution of higher education in any part of the world. 

The essay should be submitted as a Word document (.doc or .docx) to no later than 11:59pm BST (British Summer Time) on 30 September 2021.

The adjudicators’ collective decision must be considered as final. 

Queries should be addressed to the editor of British Music, Dominic Daula, via email to