OU Music academics celebrated a double win for their published work with the announcement of the CB Oldman Awards 2020 and 2021 by the International Association of Music Libraries (UK & Ireland branch).
The CB Oldman Award is presented for an outstanding work of music bibliography, music reference or music librarianship by an author resident in the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland.
Emeritus Professor Trevor Herbert and co-editors Arnold Myers and John Wallace were awarded the 2020 prize for The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Brass Instruments (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019). The Encyclopaedia is the first major dictionary on this subject, aimed at both specialists and non-specialists, with an extensive coverage of brass instruments across the world providing wide geographic diversity, and including historical context from ancient times to the present. The Prize Committee noted that “this is an impressive volume which has significant broad use across the spectrum of students, teachers, players and researchers with significant inclusions of entries relating to classical music, sacred rituals, popular music, jazz, brass bands and military bands.”
Emeritus Professor Donald Burrows, Dr Helen Coffey, and John Greenacombe were awarded the 2021 prize for George Frideric Handel: collected documents. Volume 4, 1742-1750 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020). This is the fourth of a five volume series, stemming from the Collected Documents project which started in 2007. The Prize Committee praised the work, saying “This volume in the series continues to provide an essential reference resource for Handel scholars and those with an interest in the eighteenth century, and embodies enormous scholarly research.”