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



1 Night Music 15'03
Leonard Elschenbroich, cello | Alexei Grynyuk, piano

2 Ariel 13'14
Mercury Quartet

3 Barkham Fantasy 7'47
Richard Uttley, piano

4 Echoes and Embers 11'10

Mark Simpson, clarinet | Víkingur Ólafsson, piano

5 Lov(escape) 3'46
Mark Simpson, clarinet | Ian Buckle, piano

6 Un Regalo 7'21
Guy Johnston, cello

7 Windflower 6'17
Nicholas Daniel, oboe

8 Nur Musik 9'48
Jonathan Small, oboe | Ensemble 10/10 | Clark Rundell, conductor


Released 2016

'His use of space and silence is notable, as are his gift for melody (check Night Music, 2014) ... this is high-quality music' Gramophone    

MARK SIMPSON                                                                                                                                                                                                   Mark SimpsonThis recording of chamber music pieces by 27-year-old composer Mark Simpson features works spanning ten years. All are performed by the musicians and ensembles for whom they were originally written.

Mark Simpson's works are most often inspired by dark tones and atmospheres of loss, dreams, hauntings, intimacy and passion and, as with Night Music and Echoes and Embers, often embrace ambiguities of emotion and attitude with extremes of quietude and agitation, of fragility and power. His pieces are also his own musical response to poetry (Sylvia Plath’s Ariel, Ted Hughes’ ‘Tales from Ovid’ for Windflower) or the mysteries and resonances of place (Barkham Fantasy whose genesis harks back to an eerie farmhouse on Dartmoor, and Nur Musik written during a stay in Berlin).

Un Regalo was written to celebrate the 300th birthday of Guy Johnston's cello and Mark wrote Lov(escape) for his semi-final recital for the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition.

Visit Mark Simpson's composer page for more information



With special thanks to City & Cambridge Consultancy and Borletti-Buitoni Trust for their support with this recording.

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  BBT Artist strapline landscape.jpgThe Borletti-Buitoni Trust (BBT) helps outstanding young musicians to develop and sustain international careers with awards that fund tailor-made projects. As well as financial assistance the Trust provides invaluable support and encouragement to an ever-growing family of young musicians.


Thank you 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
Richard Thomas Foundation  
Jennifer Roslyn Wingate

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