‘The Mechanicals’ for solo tuba given an Honorable Mention in the Leonard Falcone Festival Competition March 2020.
‘A Sunny Day’ for string orchestra selected as a set work for performance by the South Carolina State Performance Assessment March 2020.
Five pieces selected for performance in the London Festival of Contemporary Choral Music 2020.
‘Still, still, still’ selected as one of the pieces to be recorded by the Ora Singers as part of their ‘Christmas Gift’ December 2019.
3rd Prize (from 344 entries) in the Progressive Classical Music Award 2019.
‘Music’ winner of the 2019 Freudig Singers Choral Composition Competition, USA, 2019.
‘Gold! Gold! Gold! Gold!’ winner of the Ithaca College Choral Composition Competition, USA, 2018-19.
Finalist in the Hendrix Candlelight Carol Competition, Arkansas, USA 2019.
Three pieces selected for performance in the London Festival of Contemporary Choral Music 2019.
‘Gold! Gold! Gold! Gold!’ finalist (from 193) in the Walter Hussey Composition Competition 2019.
‘Serenade – a lullaby’ selected from over 350 entries and published in the Hong Kong Children’s Choir Choral Songbook 2018.
‘Jabberwocky’ highly commended in the Cornwall International Male Choir Composers Competition 2018.
Honorable Mention in the Davidson Wind Ensemble Composition Competition 2018.
Three pieces selected for performance in the London Festival of Contemporary Choral Music 2018 (Edmund was also commissioned to write a piece broadcast on Radio 3).
Selected for the Composer Residency by the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Taos, New Mexico June-August 2018.
Finalist in the Leatherhead Choral Society Competition 2017.
Finalist in the Hendrix Candlelight Carol Competition, Arkansas, USA 2017.
Honorable Mention (one of three finalists) in ‘Mendon Sings 350th Composers’ Competition 2017′.
Finalist in the Mid America Freedom Band Call for Scores 2017.
Nominated for Best Score RTS Craft and Design Awards 2016 for  ‘Elizabeth at 90’.
Finalist in the Hendrix Candlelight Carol Competition, Arkansas, USA 2016.
Second Prize in the International Competition of Choral Composition ‘Kromatika 2015′ (from 159 entrants).
First Prize in the 29th Annual Seasonal Song writing Competition, 2015 for ‘Everywhere, everywhere Christmas tonight’ run by The Amadeus Choir, Toronto.
‘A Babe is born’ finalist in the Ray Bardsley Carol Competition 2015.
‘Jesus Christ the Apple Tree’ winner of the Ely Consort Advent Composing Competition 2015.
‘A Christmas Lullaby’ winner of the Hendrix Candlelight Carol Competition, Arkansas, USA 2015.
‘Kyrie Eleison’ selected for workshop by Bristol Cathedral Choir as part of the Old Hispanic Office Composition Competition 2015.
‘The Strath’ winner of the Renée B. Fisher Composer Award, USA, 2015.
‘Note by Note’ for piano duet selected for the repertoire of the 2015 Carl von Ossietzky Composition Competition.
‘A Short Welcome’ shortlisted for JAM’s Call for Works 2015.
Finals of the 10th Busan Choral Festival and Competition, 2014 for ‘And I saw a New Heaven’.
First Prize in the 27th Annual Seasonal Song writing Competition, 2013 for ‘When Christ was born of Mary free’ run by The Amadeus Choir, Toronto.
‘Follow the Star’ given an honorable mention in the 25th Annual Seasonal Song writing Competition, 2011 run by The Amadeus Choir, Toronto.
‘Reach for the Stars’ chosen for 60×60 International Mix 2011 (from over 800 submissions)
Platnauer Choral Competition 2010: Second Prize.
Gladys and Merrill Muttart Foundation Scholarship for artistic residency at the Banff Center 2010.
Recital Music Competition 2010: Highly commended.
Double Bass Composition Competition (St. Kilda) 2008: Second Prize.
SPNM short listed composer 2003-2006.
Arklow Music Festival Composers Competition: Highly Commended 2005.
Vanguard Premieres Choral Composition Competition: Honorable Mention 2004.
London Chamber Group Piece of the Year Competition: First Prize 2004.
Selected Composer for SPNM’s adopt-a-composer scheme 2003.
COMA/Tate, Liverpool competition: winning entry 2003.
London Chamber Group Piece of the Year Competition: short listed 2003.
Top Honours for Emerging Composers in the Waging Peace Repertoire 2002.
SPNM short-listed composer 1998-2001. Edmund has been supported in the past by PRS and the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust.


‘…your score for the film is a real delight, and added a good 50% extra to the pictures.  I loved the variety and originality of the cues: the horsey one near the start is fabulous, so was Tonga.  You made the Palais Glide fit perfectly!  But perhaps my favourite was the Elizabeth & Margaret song, when they’re miming in front of the bush.  That was outstanding: it felt like a song I’d known all my life – instantly memorable.  I know how many composers (Elgar and Britten among them) have said how hard it is to write a good tune: you clearly have the secret.’ John Bridcut, director of ‘Elizabeth at 90 – A Family Tribute’.

‘I loved this film. The pace and manner of presentation, the huge range of paintings the dance routine and the Edmund Jolliffe music – perfect!’ A viewer of ‘Looking for Lowry’.

From the Herts Advertiser, March 2011 ‘Jazzy and rumbustious, Saturnalia has strong undertones of Gershwin’s music…it was well worth listening too and hopefully there will be more performances to come.’

‘Edmund Jolliffe’s piano pieces for the Prep Test are imaginative and entertaining. The kids really enjoy them.’ Juliet Edwards, ABRSM examiner.

In Classical Music Magazine, 22 December 2007, Edmund’s Organ Piece ‘Quiet Rush’ was picked as one of the  ‘Premieres of the Year 2007’. The piece was referred to as ‘…a little gem for organ…a welcome addition to the recital repertoire’.’

From Gramophone Magazine, May 2007, on ‘Knock About’ – the piece released on CD by O Duo in January 2007 on the Sony/BMG label: “…obvious care and sophistication governs the composer’s approach to imitative writing and rhythmic displacements. The piece seems tailor-made for the effortless yet razor-sharp precision and rapport between Gunnell and Cox.” (This CD was also voted CD of the month in February by the Daily Telegraph)

From the Independent Newspaper, 10th April, 2006: ‘Edmund Jolliffe’s ‘Rain Dance’ launched a vigorous three- chord mix of African dance and Bach chaconne, and found plenty of resources in a single bow.’

From a Citation presented to the composer, 5th June, 2005: ‘Gloria has rhythmic drive. It is intense and radiates spirituality. Gloria sings with a penetrating joy that can be heard in the choristers’ voices. We recognize and appreciate the talent you bring to Vanguard Voices.’

From the Evening Herald, 23rd August, 2004: ‘The world premiere of Edmund Jolliffe’s Triptych once more drew the best from both performer and instrument…’

From, 10th October, 2005 (from a review of the play ‘Yerma’ at Jermyn Street Theatre): ‘The evocative music, courtesy of Edmund Jolliffe, is a definite plus.’


Films/TV with music by Edmund that have won prizes include:

‘The Real Marigold Hotel’ BAFTA nominated in 2017.

‘First Contact: Lost Tribe’ won an RTS Award in 2017.

‘The Great War: The People’s Story’  was nominated for a BAFTA in 2015 and won the award for Best History and Biography Programme in the World at the Banff Rockies 2015.

‘Long Lost Family’ BAFTA win in 2014 and BAFTA nominated in 2014. It also won an RTS award in 2013.

‘My New Brain’ BAFTA nominated in 2010.