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We are recruitingNMC Recordings, the leading charity record label devoted to the promotion of British contemporary classical music, seeks to appoint a part time Office Assistant to provide temporary extra assistance in our Bethnal Green office.

 

 

 

 

NMC RECORDINGS OFFICE ASSISTANT

Part time fixed position, 2 days per week (16 hours incl lunch break)

1 August – 30 November 2019

Minimum Wage

 

We require some temporary extra assistance in the office, supporting our small team with a range of tasks including:

- fulfilling orders

- general office administration

- social media activity

- updating website content

- sales and marketing administration

 

The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills, both written and spoken, be enthusiastic about music and have experience of using social media platforms. To apply please email your CV along with a short statement (in the form of a tweet) as to why you would be a valuable addition to our team to: Anne Rushton anne@nmcrec.co.uk by midday on Wednesday 17 July.

 

Interviews to be held in our Bethnal Green office on Monday 22 July.

 

 

NMC is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all members of the community although we regret that our offices are not wheelchair accessible.  Please contact Anne if you have any queries.

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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!

 

From Morning to MidnightDavid Sawer: From Morning to Midnight 'Velodrome'

One of the scenes in my opera From Morning to Midnight depicts a bicycle race, although you see no cyclists onstage, just the spectators in the velodrome. I wanted to create the sensation of movement and speed, rather like the 'smudged' visual effect you see in Futurist paintings. The bicycle bell was my own (it is an F) - recorded and transposed onto a keyboard sampler to give a range of pitches and played live in the orchestra pit. The sound of the bicycle bell is unambiguous; in its normal context it is heard as a warning signal but here I used it to evoke a sense of joy.
 
 
 
 
 

Secret ForestDai Fujikura: Secret Forest

Okeanos Breeze is particularly special to me, because it was the first time I had ever written for Japanese traditional instruments. I had never seen and hardly ever even heard them until I went to a concert at the Darmstadt summer school when I was 20 years old. Since that summer I have been fascinated with writing for these instruments. A few years later I was delighted when Ensemble Okeanos asked me to write for them. The instrumentation of this piece wasn’t up to me, I was just asked to write for these particular instruments. Not only that, but the leader of the ensemble told me that she wanted to use some antique cymbals that she had bought from Hong Kong, and also the Ocean Drum. She demonstrated them to me (over the phone!) and I started writing. I remember that the piece came very smoothly and I had great fun studying the instruments. Both the sho and the koto suited me very well and inhabited my imagination very naturally. For instance, I usually hate vibrato, and the sho does not use vibrato. I also enjoy the sound of harsh attacks and they are very easy to achieve on the koto. Cutting Sky features koto and a viola, which is played only with plectrum to match the plucked sound of the koto. This work is in a way written for an imaginary instrument - the "super-koto", as the plectrum viola acts as a sort of extension of the koto.
 
The sho is a Japanese free reed instrument made of slender bamboo pipes, each of which has fitted into its base with metal free reed. Two of the pipes are silent - the instrument's sound is said to imitate the call of a phoenix and these aesthetically form two symmetrical wings.
 
The koto is the national instrument of Japan, made from kiri wood with 13 strings that are strung over 13 movable bridges. Players can adjust the string pitches by moving these bridges before playing, and use three finger picks (on thumb, index finger and middle finger) to pluck the strings.
 

Ping!Joe Cutler: Ping!

One of the starting points for Ping! was the jeté stroke in string playing where the bow is allowed to bounce on the string. Of course, that's something that is replicated in table tennis, for instance when a player bounces the ball on their bat or on the table before serving. One of the challenges in writing Ping! was finding ways to allow these two soundworlds to meet. In table tennis, all the sounds that are produced are percussive and short, with strong attacks and very little sustain so finding comparable equivalents in string playing was important. I focussed particularly on pizzicati, percussive sounds produced on the body of the instrument, harmonics with sharp attacks but little sustain etc. Amplifying both the string and table tennis players allowed them both to occupy the same acoustic space.
 
 

NoszferatuJoe Cutler: Drempel – Noszferatu

On the Noszferatu recording of Sikorski B the vibraphone played an important role in colouring the music. There is a recurring motif in the piece which appears often in the vibraphone part from about a minute into the piece onwards. Initially, our percussionist Dave Price played it on soft sticks but it felt a little flat. He suggested we tried his "magic sticks". These are metal sticks which blossom at their end into a spiral coil, rather like a whisk. These worked beautifully as they create tiny reverberating glissandi, which really added to the strange, unearthly effect I was looking for. In fact, the vibraphone starred quite considerably in the Noszferatu recording as we managed to accidently blow it up!
 

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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!

 

NMC Sheep bank

 

 

*This costs £3 plus the cost of one standard rate text message.

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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

Olivia Robinson soprano | Jennifer Adams-Barbaro soprano | Cherith Millburn-Fryer alto | EXAUDI | James Weeks conductor | BBC Symphony Orchestra | Martyn Brabbins conductor | ensemble recherche
THE SUNDAY TIMES, TOP 100 BEST ALBUMS OF 2018
GRAMOPHONE CRITICS' RECORDINGS OF THE YEAR 2018
GRAMOPHONE EDITOR'S CHOICE | PRESTO EDITOR'S CHOICE
MUSICWEB RECORDING OF THE MONTH
INTERNATIONAL CLASSICAL MUSIC AWARDS NOMINATION 2019
GUARDIAN TOP 10 CLASSICAL ALBUMS 2018
 

 

SymphonyHUW WATKINS: SYMPHONY

Lucid, intricately detailed and rewardingMusicWeb International

'He takes rapidly moving strands of sound and weaves them into inventive textures, producing quirky, sparkly effects' BBC Music Magazine

Alina Ibragimova violin | Adam Walker flute | BBC Symphony Orchestra | Edward Gardner conductor | Hallé | Ryan Wigglesworth conductorOfficial Charts
THE SUNDAY TIMES, TOP 100 BEST ALBUMS OF 2018
GRAMOPHONE CRITICS' RECORDINGS OF THE YEAR 2018
PRESTO EDITOR'S CHOICE
GRAMOPHONE EDITOR'S CHOICE
INTERNATIONAL CLASSICAL MUSIC AWARDS NOMINATION 2019
CLASSICAL SOURCE EDITOR'S CHOICE 2018

 

 

Below The BeltPHILIP VENABLES: BELOW THE BELT

‘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

 

 

 

 

music for peopleANDREW HAMILTON: MUSIC FOR PEOPLEOfficial Charts

‘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 noirVARIOUS: ONYX NOIR

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 Brief History of CreationJONATHAN DOVE: A BRIEF HISTORY OF CREATION

'[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 ★★★★

Official Charts

In The Theatre of AirVARIOUS: IN THE THEATRE OF AIR

‘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

Official Charts

 

ElsewherenessJOE CUTLER: ELSEWHERENESS

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

Official Charts

A CountertenorVARIOUS: A COUNTERTENOR SONGBOOK

INTERNATIONAL CLASSICAL MUSIC AWARDS NOMINATION 2019

Official Charts

 

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We are recruitingNMC 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
Please download the information pack which will give you more information about NMC Recordings and the role of a Trustee here.  
 
To apply, please send a copy of your CV along with an expression of interest briefly outlining your relevant experience in fundraising, campaigning, and/or charity legislation, and why you would like to become a Trustee of NMC to anne@nmcrec.co.uk
 
Applications must be received by 30 November 2018. 
The successful applicant would be invited to observe the January 2019 Trustee meeting, before being asked to formally join the board.  
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Come along to ISM's event, The Empowered Musician, a day of discussion and discovery, with innovative musicISM eventians 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.

 

Find out more and book your ticket here.

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