'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
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 will be devoted to a single composer’s work, branded as part of the Debut Discs series.
We launch with recordings by Huw Watkins, Dai Fujikura, Sam Hayden, and future releases will include works by Helen Grime, Joseph Phibbs, Ben Foskett, Richard Causton and Charlotte Bray. 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 on NMC.
Working with Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design
In December last year 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)
Natalie Braune (artwork features on the Dai Fujikura cover)
Virgil Ferragut (artwork features on the Sam Hayden cover)
Zheng Rui Hu
Sabba Keynejad (artwork features on the Huw Watkins cover)
May Yan Man