10 Years of Debut Discs

10th October 2022

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Celebrating a decade of our acclaimed Debut Discs series with National Album Day 2022 

This Saturday 15 October, National Album Day returns for its fifth year, and this time the theme is 'Celebrating Debut Albums'. Coincidentally, this year NMC's critically-acclaimed Debut Discs series celebrates its 10th birthday. Debut Discs is NMC’s acclaimed showcase series for gifted composers from Britain and Ireland who are yet to have released a full album dedicated to their music. Launched in 2012, to date we have supported 20 albums through the Debut Discs series; many have achieved exceptional reviews and awards from media worldwide.

National Album Day is an annual celebration of the art of the album. The day aims to bring together the music industry and listeners to celebrate this much-loved format. The ethos behind National Album Day alligns fully with the aims of the Debut Discs series; an understanding of the significance of what a debut album can mean for music creators. NMC’s Debut Discs are musical calling cards, crucial for talented composers in the early stages of their careers. Releasing an album - a fully-realised, coherent body of music - gives artists a way to enable promoters, commissioners and audiences to hear something representative of their work.

Listen to the playlist below to get a flavour of the music released in the Debut Discs series so far.

To celebrate the 20 brilliant debut albums released through the Debut Discs series so far, and to co-incide with
National Album Day's celebration of this much-loved format, NMC is running a special buy-one-get-one-half-price promotion on all Debut Discs on the NMC online store.

Select from albums by any of the 20 Debut Disc composers we have supported since 2012: 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, Martin Suckling, and Ryan Latimer.

The promotion will run from 8 October until the end of National Album Day on 15 October, and applies to both physical and digital formats. Shop the collection below!

NMC are delighted to be continuing the Debut Discs series with plans in place for 8 further album releases between 2022 and 2024. Find out more about how you can support the Debut Discs series here.

Shop the Debut Discs collection now

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