NMC Recordings has been awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society’s prestigious Leslie Boosey Award for “its outstanding contribution to the furthering of contemporary music in Britain”.
The NMC team - including trustees, patrons and supporters - were in attendance at the presentation, held at London’s Wigmore Hall on Saturday 6 June. It is the first time that the award has been made to an organisation, rather than an individual and we are all hugely honoured by the recognition. We look forward to spending two years with the stunning Elisabeth Frink bronze eagle, which now sits, pride-of-place, on our Awards mantelpiece in our office.
"On behalf of our founder Colin Matthews and everyone at NMC of course our enormous thanks go to the Royal Philharmonic Society, John and Judith for bestowing this huge honour upon us. It’s especially fitting that we receive this here tonight, reflecting the artistic partnerships we have with both Wigmore Hall and Aurora Orchestra, and on the occasion of a premiere by a composer whose work NMC has long proudly championed. And it also reflects the very origins of NMC – when the idea first emerged at a premiere in Aldeburgh, that recordings could provide a more permanent route for audiences to discover and connect with new work which could challenge and inspire them. And that’s what NMC has been doing for over 25 years.
The fact that we are the first organisation to receive the Leslie Boosey Award only adds to our sense of pride. And of course as Judith has said we are an organisation of INDIVIDUALS. So this Award is for my completely brilliant colleagues, patrons and trustees, present and past; it’s for the members of the wider NMC family who work behind the scenes, and from across the industry, and help us achieve - sometimes against the odds - and it’s for all the composers and artists who entrust us with their work. It’s for our supporters and funders, from the Arts Council to our loyal and discerning Friends. And above all it’s for the members of our growing audience who continue to amaze us with their appetite for the new and adventurous. Thank you very much."
NMC Recordings awarded RPS Leslie Boosey Award
NMC Recordings has been awarded the prestigious RPS Leslie Boosey Award for its outstanding contribution to the furthering of contemporary music in Britain. It is the first time that the award has been made to an organisation, rather than an individual.
The award, a magnificent bronze eagle by sculptor Dame Elisabeth Frink, was presented to Anne Rushton, Executive Director of NMC, by Master of the Queen’s Music, Judith Weir, on stage at a Wigmore Hall concert on 6 June 2015. The concert reflected the artistic partnership NMC has with both Wigmore Hall and Aurora Orchestra and featured the premiere of a new work by Judith Weir, whose work NMC has long championed.
The Leslie Boosey Award was set up by the Royal Philharmonic Society and the Performing Rights Society in memory of music publisher Leslie Boosey (1887-1979). It is awarded every two years. The award is primarily given to those who work ‘back stage’. Programmers, publishers, broadcasters, administrators, educationalists and representatives from the recording industry have all received the award since it inception in 1980, with recipients including Amelia Freedman, Bill Colleran, Gillian Moore, Stephen and Jackie Newbould of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and most recently, Sally Groves, former Creative Director of Schott Music Limited.
In its citation, the RPS says:
“We are delighted to present this year’s RPS Leslie Boosey Award to NMC Recordings. NMC is a true champion of British Contemporary Music, and over a quarter of a century has built an extraordinary recording catalogue embracing composers at all stages of their careers, often working with them well before any commercial company might consider them a commercial proposition: 3000+ tracks released, 300 different British Composers represented and over 1.5 million downloads and streams – with no title ever deleted from the NMC catalogue.
NMC is unique for its vision: to provide a permanent legacy of our time to delight, inform and challenge future generations, with composers at its centre. It’s unique for its people: for the determination of founder Colin Matthews and his conviction that a contemporary recording label could inspire – and indeed flourish – in the 21st century, and for the generosity and hard work of all the trustees, dedicated team, volunteer advisors, partner organisations, supporters, engineers and musicians who make it all happen. And it is indispensable to curious listeners who share in this incredible creative wealth. NMC has opened our ears and changed how and what we listen to. NMC we salute you. Here’s to the next 25 years.”
Further press information from RPS: Sophie Cohen on 020 7428 9850
(L-R) Judith Weir, Andrew Ward (NMC Chair), Colin Matthews,
John Gilhooly & Anne Rushton
The NMC Team (L-R) Gwen, Anne, Ellie & Lucile
NMC Trustees/Patron (L-R) Raj Arumugam, Stephen Johns, Richard Fries
Lady Camilla Panufnik, Andrew Ward, Graham Elliot, Elizabeth Anderton
David Smith, Ed McKeon, Colin Matthews
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