This week on our NMC Archive series is part 2 of our blogs on unusual instruments on NMC! We hear from David Sawer, Dai Fujikura and Joe Cutler with their article for our Friends newsletter back in 2012!
David Sawer: From Morning to Midnight – 'Velodrome'
We're celebrating our 30th Anniversary in style by launching our 30th Anniversary Appeal.
As a registered charity, every year we raise almost £40,000 from our generous individual donors, which represents 14% of our income, supporting all aspects of the work we do. We’re setting ourselves an ambitious anniversary target by aiming to increase this amount to £50,000 during 2019.
Your support enables us to make new music accessible to the widest possible audience worldwide. A donation of any size will help NMC enrich cultural life for new generations of listeners and composers, and all donors to our 30th Anniversary Appeal will be invited to an end-of-year anniversary party.
There's lots of different ways that you can donate:
- You can donate online here
- You can download our form here and return it to us by post
- You can text 'NMC' to 70085 to donate £3*
We'll keep track of our target with our faithful sheep. Help us to fill our sheep-bank and don't forget to spread the word!
*This costs £3 plus the cost of one standard rate text message.
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
SEQUENZA21 BEST CHAMBER MUSIC CD 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
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.