Debut Discs
NMC supports gifted early-career composers with its Debut Discs series


1- 5 Five Night Pieces 10'11           
Richard Uttley piano
6-7 Hornet II  8’04
Mark van de Wiel clarinet
London Sinfonietta
Geoffrey Paterson conductor
8 From Trumpet 11'58
Nicholas Collon conductor
9 On From Four 13'57
Nicholas Kok conductor
10 Dinosaur 9’40
Eric Lamb flute
11-15 Cinq Chansons à Hurle-Vent 13'08
Raphaële Kennedy soprano
Jean François Becquaert soprano saxophone

Released 2014


‘The early Five Night Pieces, for piano, played by Richard Uttley, have a lucid modernist assurance, but Foskett’s 2009 Prom commission, the orchestral From Trumpet, is something else again: big, monolithic, broodingly textured, with a rich internal drama.’ The Sunday Times



Ben FoskettThis survey of Ben Foskett's work spans 10 years, from the brooding Five Night Pieces for piano (2002) to Cinq Chansons a Hurle-Vent - a deceptively simple setting of poems by French writer Laure Salama, written from the point of view of characters in Wuthering Heights, for soprano and saxophone. Between these come the orchestral From Trumpet, built up from a single rhythmic cell; elegaic On from Four, commissioned for Manchester ensemble Psappha for the 400th anniversary of Hatfield House; Hornet II, a virtuoso showpiece for clarinettist Mark van de Wiel and London Sinfonietta and Dinosaur for solo flute.

Visit Ben Foskett's composer page for more information



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 Trust
The Fenton Arts Trust
Nicholas and Judith Goodison
Mercers' Charitable Foundation
The Stanley Picker Charitable Trust
The Radcliffe Trust
The Richard Thomas Foundation
RVW Trust
Jennifer Roslyn Wingate
and to the individuals who donated through The Big Give Christmas Challenge December 2011.
NMC is also grateful to The Hinrichsen Foundation for supporting NMC's Halle Series through its New Initiatives programme and to The Zochonis Charitable Trust.