'NMC has become the label of choice for every aficionado of contemporary British music' – The Times


About NMC

Our Mission

Our Partners

NMC's Annual Review 2011-12

NMC's Annual Review 2012-13

NMC's Annual Review 2013-14


About NMC

NMC arose almost more by chance than by design. Imogen Holst and Colin Matthews had set up the Holst Foundation in 1984 with the aim of supporting the work of living composers. A significant concert of contemporary music at the Aldeburgh Festival in 1987, funded entirely by the Foundation, attracted a full house, but was not broadcast and so was heard by only 800 people. This led Colin Matthews to propose that recordings were the ideal way to reach a larger audience. The Holst Foundation has been the major funder of NMC ever since our inception in 1989.

NMC is a unique and indispensable player in the new music world. We operate as a social enterprise with charitable status, providing public benefit through the contribution our work makes to enriching cultural life. NMC’s future – our ability to continue to record and promote the innovative, the challenging, the obscure, the lost – is reliant on securing public funding and the support of trusts and foundations, plus the generous investment of our donors, Friends, and collaborating partners.


Our Mission

NMC believes that new music is a dynamic and engaging art.  We always seek to discover and share exceptional work that inspires and challenges.  NMC:

 - produces high quality recordings of outstanding work by composers from the British Isles.
 - works with leading artists and ensembles
 - promotes these recordings to expand worldwide audiences for contemporary music
 - preserves this creativity for generations to come


NMC is an equal opportunities organisation, and staff, trustees and NMC's Patrons are recruited from all backgrounds. NMC’s trustees continue to review the organisation’s diversity policy over all areas.

NMC is a small charity which is unable to record or promote all works submitted to it and the absence of a composer from our catalogue or the Music Map is not to be taken as a judgment of lack of merit.




Download the NMC 2011-12 Annual Review here


NMC 2012-13 Annual Review



NMC 2013-14 Annual Review




Partnership working is a growth area for NMC as we seek to broaden our audience base and expand our artistic horizons. In 2011-12, we began a series of recordings devised and produced in collaboration with the London Sinfonietta, and worked for the first time with the Hallé; and NMC was the Digital Partner of the PRS for Music Foundation New Music 20x12 and New Music Biennial projects, digitally releasing the works commissioned for the initiatives. Our partners include:

    Aldeburgh Music
    Arts Council England
    BBC Radio 3
    BBC Singers
    BBC Symphony Orchestra
    The Britten-Pears Foundation
    Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design
    The Hallé
    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
    London Sinfonietta
    LSO SoundHub
    Music publishers
    Philharmonia Orchestra
    PRS for Music Foundation
    Spitalfields Music Festival
    Sound & Music
    Wigmore Hall
    King's College London
    Conservatoire and university music/ composition departments




Gramophone Magazine

NMC D015

Robin Holloway: Second Concerto for Orchestra

Gramophone Award 1994

NMC D050

Harrison Birtwistle: The Mask of Orpheus

Gramophone Award 1998

NMC D141

Jonathan Harvey: Body Mandala

Gramophone Award 2008

NMC D150

The NMC Songbook

Gramophone Award 2009

NMC D156

Harrison Birtwistle: Night's Black Bird

Gramophone Award 2011


BBC Music Magazine

NMC D156

Harrison Birtwistle: Night's Black Bird

BBC Music Magazine 2012


Reissues, now available on NMC Ancora series, that have won awards on other labels

NMC D113

John Casken: Golem

Gramophone Award in 1991 (Virgin Classics)

NMC D138

Harrison Birtwistle: Punch & Judy

Gramophone Award in 1980 (Decca Headline)

NMC D200            Harrison Birtwistle: Gawain                                         Gramophone Award in 1996 (Collins Classics)

NMC D148            Harrison Birtwistle: Secret Theatre                             Gramophone Award in 1988 (Etcetera)



NMC D053

Edward Elgar / A Payne: Symphony No. 3

Classic CD Award 1998

NMC D112

Britten on Film

MIDEM Classical Award 2008

NMC D121

Julian Anderson: Book of Hours

Pizzicato ‘Supersonic Award’ 2007