NMC at 25
Celebrating 25 years of NMC Recordings

Sir Simon Rattle'It gives me great pleasure, as one of NMC’s Founding Patrons, to join the celebrations for what has been achieved over the last quarter of a century! Because recordings have been such an important part of my own career, I know how much value recorded music has for audiences across the world, and – as in the case of NMC with its commitment to never deleting titles – across the years. The service NMC provides to British music is unparalleled. The opportunities it gives composers, artists and audiences to discover and share such a wealth of music is something to be treasured. I hope you will join with me both in celebrating what has been achieved so far and in looking to the future of this bold and adventurous organisation with confidence. I hope and believe it will inspire and challenge us for many years to come.'
Sir Simon Rattle OM CBE - NMC Patron

 

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Why not leave us a birthday message in the comments box below, telling us what the work of NMC and its composers means to you?

 

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I have many many NMC recordings adorning my crowded shelves - and I'm deeply grateful to NMC for its commitment to interesting and worthwhile recent music. It is quite jaw-dropping in trying to imagine what our knowledge of much contemporary music would be like if NMC didn't exist. Thank you so much for all your work. For me, NMC is part of the indispensable furniture of the universe.

Have to thank you for the two superb Lutyens discs. They are my favorites among all of my CDs of 20th century music. The Goehr ARIANNA, Gerald Barry's INTELLIGENCE PARK and the David Bedford program are also remarkable. Thank you so much for making all of this wonderful music available. Happiest Birthday and Many More To Come

What an incredible journey from the first recording to today's incredible catalogue, not to mention the accompanying fantastic website and other resources! It was an extraordinary privilege to be involved in building NMC near the very beginning from 1992-95, to work with so many fascinating composers and performers and then to watch it grow. Many congratulations to everyone who has made the label what it is after an amazing quarter-century of promoting British music.

Dear NMC, Wishing you a fantastic 25th Anniversary year - and long may you continue! I've been listening to your list of works for as long as I can remember. Emily Howard

in a climate which is now hostile to anything other than the crudely commercial, NMC is a beacon of light in the wilderness. My 1978 piece CRY was put on to CD by NMC in about 1990, and has been kept available and on sale for more than 20 years by them. Had it not been for this, it would have been discontinued (or probably pulped) and the piece would have been forgotten. My undying gratitude . . .

Happy 25th Birthday, NMC! 25 years of essential work in British contemporary classical music - long may NMC continue to flourish - and congratulations to Colin and all the team who make it possible.

It is difficult to imagine that the ranks of composers of previous generations are not seething with envy over the phenomenal advocacy, promotion, and top-quality production values that modern composers receive from NMC's endeavors. Thank you for your twenty-five years of support of the best in new music; if only there were similar initiatives from organizations of NMC's dedication and skill here in the USA and elsewhere!

Happy 25th NMC! I'm very happy to be on the label, in such august company. Keep up the good work. Christopher

Congratulations on a fantastic 25 years. The contemporary classical music world would be a poorer place without NMC.

Happy 25th! Thank you so much for all your tireless energy in promoting UK composers, a true institution. Ben

Congratulations on 25 years of indispensible, top quality recordings of outstanding British music! Keep doing it. And I'm really sorry I cant be at the party - because I'm elsewhere supervising a recording. Geoff

So glad to have been a part of this venture, ever since its inception, 25 years ago. I was thrilled to read today's ecstatic reviews of JC's orchestral Orion and JA's new opera Thebes. Just two of the finest of the hundreds of living British composers you champion. As the trusted archive of all that is best in the UK we have to support NMC into the next 25 years, and beyond. Happy birthdays Colin, Helen and the rest of your enthusiastic team, Vic Hoyland

Many happy returns to the best contemporary music label in the UK. Here's to the next 25 years. Very best wishes Matthew

Having been there at the beginning (can't BELIEVE that was 25 years ago!) it is lovely to see you all grown up and going from strength to strength. Happy Birthday NMC - Composers are lucky to have you (and so are we listeners!) :-) Rosie x

Thank you for some of the finest music I have listened to over the years. I am grateful to have been able to access such composers as Julian Anderson, David Matthews and Simon Bainbridge, to name just a few. The world of contemporary music would be impoverished without NMC. Submitted by Frederick Lightfoot.

VERY MANY CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR SILVER ANNIVERSARY! YOU HAVE DONE BRILLIANTLY AND MADE A GREAT IMPACT ON THE WORLD OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC. THANKS TO YOU MORE IS BEING PLAYED IN REGULAR CONCERTS AND WE ARE ALL BENEFITING. I WISH YOU EVEN MORE SUCCESS FOR THE FUTURE.

What a wonderful British institution NMC are! A real model for how contemporary music should be distributed by every country to the wider world. SM

Happy birthday from compositiontoday.com! NMC is such a vital part of the contemporary music landscape in the UK that it is hard to imagine where we would be without it. Thank you for making so much wonderful music available and for your tireless work in supporting UK composers.

Indispensable! If I could afford your entire production, I would! CM

Extraordinary A&R: vital, engaging music. Your recordings fly in the face of all the blather about the "death of classical music." Many of us are still highly interested in cds and in contemporary music of this quality. Keep the recordings coming! Providence, RI, USA

DEAR , YOU ARE MY BEST CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL MUSIC LABEL . I LOVE NMC RECORDINGS . FROM OSAKA JAPAN xxx

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