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

TRACKLISTINGCharlotte Bray: At the Speed of Stillness, Debut Disc


1 At the Speed of Stillness   
Aldeburgh World Orchestra | Sir Mark Elder conductor

2-4 Fire Burning in Snow
Lucy Schaufer mezzo-soprano
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

5 Oneiroi         
Huw Watkins piano

6 Replay          
Huw Watkins piano | Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

7-11 Songs from Yellow Leaves
Claire Booth soprano | Andrew Matthews-Owen piano

12-13 Caught in Treetops
Alexandra Wood violin |  BCMG | Oliver Knussen conductor



Released 2014

'Charlotte Bray is now at the forefront of younger British composers … her future development can only be followed with the greatest interest’ Gramophone




Charlotte BrayAt the Speed of Stillness, commissioned by Aldeburgh World Orchestra, explores paradoxes of energy and movement: 'the hummingbird motionless as a star' (in Dora Maar's description), or the contained energy of a power station. Caught in Treetops, a violin concerto written for Alexandra Wood and BCMG, takes its inspiration from two poems by Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Federico García Lorca, while also drawing on the relentless energy of Sonny Rollins.

Two song-cycles make explicit Bray's close relationship with poetry: Fire Burning in Snow sets three poems by Nicki Jackowska exploring desire, obsession and loss - also the subject of Songs from 'Yellow Leaves', a sequence of haikus based on Shakespeare's sonnets

Visit Charlotte Bray's composer page for more information



With thanks to the Richard Thomas Foundation who supported the release of At the Speed of Stillness.
The Richard Thomas Foundation

Produced in association with BBC Radio 3

Specially created for the London 2012 Festival, the Aldeburgh World Orchestra project was supported with public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and with a generous gift from General Electric on behalf of Sir William Castell. Bursaries for orchestral players were awarded by The British Council (players from Egypt, Jordan and Palestine) and by the Leverhulme Trust.

With thanks to the trusts, foundations and individuals who have invested in NMC’s Debut Discs series:

The Astor Foundation
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
The Richard Thomas Foundation
RVW Trust
Jennifer Roslyn Wingate

& the individuals who donated through The Big Give Christmas Challenge December 2011