Derek Allen Prize

The Derek Allen Prize, worth £400, is awarded annually in recognition of outstanding work by a scholar in musicology, numismatics, and Celtic studies, in rotation.

The award commemorates Derek Fortrose Allen (1910–1975), elected a Fellow in 1963, who served from 1969 to 1973 as Secretary of the Academy, and from then until his death as Treasurer. It was founded in 1976 by his widow, Mrs Winifred Allen, and her sons to provide an award in one of three academic fields in which Mr Allen had particular interest. The Prize was first awarded in 1977.


In 2020 the Derek Allen Prize will be awarded to persons of any nationality for contribution to numismatics.
In 2021 the Derek Allen Prize will be awarded to persons of any nationality for contribution to Celtic Studies.

2019 winner

Alejandro Enrique Planchart
Alejandro Enrique Planchart

Alejandro Enrique Planchart for his lifetime achievements as a composer, performer, conductor and extraordinary range and quality as a musicologist.

Alejandro was one of the world’s leading musical scholars. He studied composition, piano and harpsichord at Yale University, where his teachers included Ralph Kirkpatrick and Paul Hindemith; he completed his Ph.D. in musicology at Harvard under David Hughes.

After spending many years as a professional musician in New York and Connecticut, he went on to teach music theory and history at Yale (1967-75), the University of Victoria (1975-76), Brandeis (1982-83), Harvard (1989-90), and the University of California, Santa Barbara (1976-2002). Alejandro sadly passed away in April 2019 at age 83.

"He introduced generations of students and audiences to the widest imaginable span of early music, including Gregorian and Beneventan chant, Ars Antiqua and Ars Nova, early and high Renaissance, through 17th century operas to the works of Bach, Mozart and Haydn."

– Stephanie Molen, Student

Previous winners

2018 (Celtic studies) Professor Máire Herbert, University College Cork

2017 (numismatics) Professor Michael Crawford FBA, University College London

2016 (musicology) Dr Margaret Bent CBE FBA, University of Oxford

2015 (Celtic studies)  Professor Pierre-Yves Lambert, Centre national de la recherche scientifique

2014 (numismatics)  Dr Richard Reece, University College London

2013 (musicology)  Professor Arnold Whittall, King's College London

2012 (Celtic studies)  Professor Fergus Kelly, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies

2011 (numismatics)  Dr Mark Blackburn, Keeper, Department of Coins and Medals, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

2010 (musicology)  Professor Gary Tomlinson, Walter H. Annenberg Professor in the Humanities, University of Pennsylvania

2009 (Celtic studies)  Yr Athro Dafydd Jenkins, Emeritus Professor of Legal History and Welsh Law, University of Aberystwyth

2008 (numismatics)  Professor Michael Metcalf, Emeritus Professor of Numismatics, University of Oxford

2007 (musicology)  Professor Philip V. Bohlman

2006 (Celtic studies)  Mr Daniel Huws

2005 (numismatics)  Professor Philip Grierson, FBA

2004 (musicology)  Professor Colin Timms

2003 (Celtic studies)  Professor Pádraig Ó Riain

2002 (numismatics)  Professor Dr Gert Hatz

2001 (musicology)  Dr Janice Stockigt

2000 (Celtic studies)  Professor Derick Thomson, FBA

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