Debut Discs
NMC supports emerging composers with new Debut Discs series

Peter Maxwell Davis


'I'm delighted to be working with NMC to promote their emerging composers’ series, Debut Discs. In a world where composers face so many hurdles to ensure their music is heard, NMC's unwavering commitment to the sector means that composers are not overlooked. This invaluable project will give younger composers a viable platform, realistic professional development and international exposure to ensure their future as established classical composers'

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Debut Discs Ambassador




Debut Disc

NMC's Debut Discs project offers emerging British composers an international platform for their work. Released over four years from June 2012, each of the 12 discs are devoted to a single composer’s work, branded as part of the Debut Discs series.  
We launched with recordings by Huw Watkins, Dai Fujikura, Sam Hayden, and further releases included works by Helen Grime, Joseph Phibbs, Ben Foskett, Richard Causton, Charlotte Bray, Larry Goves and Mark Simpson. Future releases include Mark Bowden and Emily Howard. We are also delighted to have the ambassadorial support of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and a fantastic collaboration with BA (Hons) Graphic Design students at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design.
NMC Recordings is a record label and registered charity (no. 328052), established in 1989 to record and promote the best in British contemporary classical music. With thanks to those trusts and individuals who have helped to enable NMC’s Debut Discs series: The Astor Foundation, The Boltini Trust, The John S Cohen Foundation, Colwinston Charitable Trust, The Fenton Arts Trust, Nicholas and Judith Goodison, Mercers’ Charitable Foundation, Stanley Picker Trust, The Radcliffe Trust, RVW Trust, The Richard Thomas Foundation, Jennifer Roslyn Wingate and all the individuals who pledged donations through The Big Give Christmas Challenge December 2011.
The first three discs were released 11 June 2012 on NMC with the last two being released 23rd September 2016 on NMC.
Working with Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design
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In December 2011 we briefed the BA (Hons) Graphic Design students on the project and what they needed to consider when creating a CD cover, and invited Huw Watkins, Helen Grime, Dai Fujikura and Sam Hayden to talk about their music and compositional process to help inspire their designs.
The final designs for the 12 releases in this series were selected by a judging panel including composer Colin Matthews, graphic designer  (4AD and Bella Union) Vaughan Oliver and Guardian/ BBC Radio 3 journalist Tom Service.
The collaboration allows the work of new designers to be showcased alongside the music of up-and-coming composers, forging connections between the emerging talents and illustrating the connections between the two contemporary arts forms.
Congratulations to the following students who will have their artwork featured on the front covers of this series.


Ross Aitken      (artwork features on the Joseph Phibbs cover)
Idil Ateşli
Natalie Braune     (artwork features on the Dai Fujikura cover)
Nick Carter
Clelia Colantonio
Virgil Ferragut       (artwork features on the Sam Hayden cover)
Zheng Rui Hu
Sabba Keynejad  (artwork features on the Huw Watkins cover and Mark Simpson cover)
DaEun Lee
May Yan Man
Hanna Piatrusha
Gilad Visotsky


Huw Watkins“Having an NMC disc devoted to your music is one of the best calling cards a composer can have. I was so lucky to have such an enviable line up of musicians performing on my CD - I really feel that these are the definitive versions of these pieces…. The CD itself is so beautifully produced and presented - with it, one is immediately taken more seriously as a composer.” Huw Watkins





Emily Howard



“Already NMC Recordings has been a great support to me professionally. Now I am thrilled about the prospect of having my own NMC Debut Disc, especially since this is giving me the rare chance to record works for larger forces. I am especially grateful for this opportunity. It is wonderful to be part of what feels like an NMC family of composers spanning many generations, rich in its diversity.” Emily Howard






Having my muCharlotte Braysic recorded and released for the first time by NMC has made a fantastic contribution to my career. Being able to refer new connections to a successful commercially available recording is a huge step forward for me…. This autumn I will return to the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire for a composer residency; my disc was released since my last stay there and this has no doubt helped to secure a place for me there again.” Charlotte Bray



With thanks to the trusts, foundations

and individuals who have invested in
NMC’s Debut Discs series:
The Astor Foundation
The Boltini Trust
The John S Cohen Foundation
Colwinston Charitable Trust
The Fenton Arts Trust
Nicholas and Judith Goodison
Mercers' Charitable Foundation
Stanley Picker Trust
The Radcliffe Trust
RVW Trust

The Richard Thomas Foundation

Jennifer Roslyn Wingate
 Fenton Arts Trust  RVW
RadcliffeColwinston Charitable Trust


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