Debut Discs

Launched in 2012, the series currently features 18 albums; many have achieved exceptional reviews and awards from media worldwide. This exposure has provided a variety of opportunities for the composers involved, including commissions, performances and residencies.

NMC’s Debut Discs are musical calling cards, crucial for talented composers in the early stages of their careers since they enable promoters, commissioners and audiences to hear their work.

A happy consequence of the UK’s thriving music scene is its continuous flow of new talent; a stream, no, a river of exciting new composers who are building major reputations at home and abroad. If they aren’t recorded, we’ll never get to know them properly. Who has the ability and the know-how to produce these essential Debut Discs? It has to be NMC, of course!

- Judith Weir, Master of the Queen’s Music & Debut Discs Ambassador
NMC Debut Discs

Debut Discs Composers

The series showcases the work of the following composers each receiving their first portrait album, with international distribution and marketing, and professional development support from NMC.

♦  Joanna Bailie                       ♦  Helen Grime

♦  Charlotte Bray                      ♦  Larry Goves

♦  Mark Bowden                       ♦  Sam Hayden

♦  Linda Buckley                       ♦  Emily Howard

♦  Richard Causton                  ♦  Joseph Phibbs

♦  David Fennessy                    ♦  Mark Simpson

♦  Edmund Finnis                     ♦  Philip Venables

♦  Ben Foskett                           ♦  Huw Watkins

♦  Dai Fujikura                           ♦  Kate Whitley

 

Hear the work of our Debut Discs composers

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, Debut Discs Composer