NMC Release Highlights 2018
'Massive and mesmerising ... one of the most remarkable orchestral achievements of the last half-century' The Guardian ★★★★★
'Ferneyhough's 75th birthday could not have been more fittingly marked' Gramophone
MUSICWEB RECORDING OF THE MONTH
‘Lucid, intricately detailed and rewarding’ MusicWeb International
'He takes rapidly moving strands of sound and weaves them into inventive textures, producing quirky, sparkly effects' BBC Music Magazine
‘A smelling-salts wake-up to the dangers of cultural complacency’ BBC Music Magazine ★★★★★
'If you only buy one classical disc advocating LSD and sodomy, make it this one' Gramophone
‘see if it doesn’t make you drop everything & listen to it all the way through’ AllMusic
‘One has the impression that Hamilton composes with a barely suppressed grin.
It is infectious' Composition Today
‘Onyx Noir is a brave and often brilliant collection of works.’ All About Jazz
‘an interesting and innovative recording’ The Jazz Mann
'The composers move between jazz and classical music - terrific sound and playing' Gramophone
'[A] superb performance from the Hallé Children's Choir who sing as if this was the most natural piece in the world, despite the complex concepts, tricky textures and large scale' Planet Hugill
‘A splashy, technicolour portrayal of ‘the birth of Earth’’ BBC Music Magazine ★★★★
‘The performances throughout are excellent and involving’ Gramophone
'Celebrating women composers in the centenary year of female suffrage in the UK ... a haunting processional [Rogers] ... edgy and often violent [Bowler] ... shakuhachi-flavoured melodic shapes [Tann]' BBC Music Magazine
‘Music of quirky dancing energy and humour mingled with mystery … delightfully unpredictable’ The Telegraph ★★★★
‘Cutler’s music is profoundly characterful … a varied and wonderfully entertaining disc’ Planet Hugill
ALLMUSIC EDITOR'S CHOICE 2018
INTERNATIONAL CLASSICAL MUSIC AWARDS NOMINATION 2019
NMC Recordings, the leading charity record label devoted to the promotion of British contemporary classical music, seeks to appoint two Trustees to help us develop and deliver our strategic plans for securing our financial future, acting as an occasional advisor to our small team.
We are looking for two people who are passionate about the arts and who are interested in taking this award-winning organisation to a new phase in its 30-year history. As a trustee you will get to put your existing skills into practice and learn new ones supported by other trustees.
We have two vacancies and are looking for:
- One Trustee with specialist fundraising knowledge
- One Trustee with campaigning and charity legislation knowledge
In celebration of National Album Day, we asked composers what the first NMC album they heard was and which is their favourite.
Take a look at their answers below...
First NMC album I heard - 'I'm sure the first NMC album I heard was Mary Wiegold's Songbook.
My favourite NMC album - 'It's impossible to pick a favourite, but I'll definitely keep going back to Joe Cutler's Elsewhereness that I just received. That's my favourite at the moment!'
Check out Howard Skempton's NMC album Rime of the Ancient Mariner
First NMC album I heard - Jonathan Harvey: Bhakti
My favourite NMC album - Julian Anderson: The Book of Hours
Check out Raymond Yiu’s NMC album A Countertenor Songbook
First NMC album I heard - 'I'm old enough to have one of the very first NMC albums, a wonderful recital disc by Michael Finnissy including a tiny gem by Judith Weir, Michael's Strathspey, and other music by Howard Skempton, Chris Newman and Michael himself.'
My favourite NMC album - 'I like all the NMC records with my music, of course, especially EXAUDI's A Glimpse of Sion's Glory, but the one I have listened to the most is probably Richard Barrett's Vanity. It's a completely compelling piece of music, from beginning to end, and sounds as extraordinary as when I first heard it 20 years ago.'
Check out Christopher Fox’s NMC album A Glimpse of Sion's Glory
First NMC album I heard - Mary Wiegold's Songbook
My favourite NMC album - Helen Grime: Night Songs
Check out Tarik O'Regan’s NMC album A Celestial Map of the Sky
First NMC album I heard - Gerald Barry: Nua Nos 'It was life changing as a 17-year-old!'
My favourite NMC album - Gerald Barry: Nua Nos
Check out Andrew Hamilton’s NMC album music for people
First NMC album I heard - Mark-Anthony Turnage: On All Fours
My favourite NMC album - Harrison Birtwistle: Punch and Judy
Check out Kenneth Hesketh’s NMC album Wunderkammer(konzert)
First NMC album I heard - Michael Finnissy plays Weir, Finnissy, Newman and Skempton.
My favourite NMC album - I don't like to pick a favourite, but I can answer that the album I'm currently enjoying very much is A Glimpse of Sion's Glory with the wonderful EXAUDI singing Christopher Fox's music.'
Check out Claudia Molitor’s NMC album The Singing Bridge
First NMC album I heard - Ancora | Skempton, Guy, Muldowney
My favourite NMC album - 'I think that pretty much has to be my favourite album too - I still remember being totally gobsmacked by Howard Skempton's Lento.'
Check out Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s NMC album Flux
First NMC album I heard - Mark-Anthony Turnage: On All Fours - 'As a young, aspiring saxophonist I absolutely loved (and still do!) the four works on this album. I listened to them over and over again, driving my parents mad!'
My favourite NMC album - 'So many, but at the moment, my favourite NMC album is Helen Grime's Night Songs. Seven incisive chamber and orchestral works; vivid colours and beautiful melodies.'
Check out Mark Bowden's NMC album Sudden Light
First NMC album I heard - Harrison Birtwistle: The Mask of Orpheus
My favourite NMC album - Philip Venables: Below the Belt
Check out Laura Bowler’s NMC album In The Theatre of Air
First NMC album I heard - 'I think probably Julian Anderson's Book of Hours, either that or Turnage's On All Fours.'
My favourite NMC album - Oliver Knussen: Autumnal - 'Every track is a gem, as is all of Olly's music. I also love Simon Holt's a table of noises.'
Check out Charlotte Bray’s NMC album At the Speed of Stillness
What's your first heard/favourite NMC album? Please let us know in the comments section below ...
'The Hallé is very proud of its association with NMC, and the range and quality of projects we have been able to undertake through it. There is nothing more exciting and worthwhile for an orchestra than bringing to life the works of living composers and presenting them before the widest possible public.'
John Summers, Chief Executive, Hallé Concerts Society
We're proud to continue our partnership with Hallé, our new September releases from Huw Watkins and Jonathan Dove making it 12 releases featuring the orchestra. The first album, Harrison Birtwistle's Night's Black Bird won a Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine Award and the second, Benjamin Britten's Britten to America was nominated for a Grammy!
In honour of this ongoing partnership, we're offering 20% off all back catalogue releases* featuring the Hallé using discount code NMCHALLE20
*Does not include the two new releases (NMC D224 and NMC D233). Offer expires 18 October 2018.
Discount valid on any of the following releases:
Related RecordingsA Celestial Map of the Sky,
Related Recordingsa table of noises,
Related RecordingsApollinaire's Bird,
Related RecordingsBritten to America,
Related RecordingsEcho and Narcissus,
Related RecordingsMillennium Scenes,
Related RecordingsNight Songs,
Related RecordingsNight's Black Bird,
Related RecordingsOrion Over Farne
Come along to ISM's event, The Empowered Musician, a day of discussion and discovery, with innovative musicians and leading music industry experts sharing their experiences, crucial insider knowledge and essential tips for success. It will take place on Thursday 4 October 2018 at Milton Court in London.
Speakers lined up for the event include NMC's General Manager Eleanor Wilson, Darren Henley (Arts Council England), Becky Farrell (IMG Artists UK) and Chris Carey (previously EMI and Universal Music) among others...
Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians said:
‘Today’s music industry and the advancements in technology, the growth of the digital space and the complexities of contracts, copyright and royalties amongst other vital components brings unique opportunities and challenges for the music profession like never before.
We invite all performers and composers working in every genre to join us on 4 October for inspiring, empowering and dynamic discussions about what it means to be a musician in 2018 and beyond: digital futures and streaming platforms, essential legal and business skills, how to make your music projects a reality, and how to stay well throughout your career.’
This event will bring together hundreds of musicians and leading practitioners from across the industry and will include live music from Fitkinwall, Beatbox Collective and Riot Jazz. You will have the opportunity to network over refreshments, lunch and post-event cocktails, all of which are included in the ticket price.