Debut Discs Appeal

A happy consequence of the UK’s thriving music scene is its continuous flow of new talent; a stream, no, a river of exciting new composers who are building major reputations at home and abroad. If they aren’t recorded, we’ll never get to know them properly. Who has the ability and the know-how to produce these essential Debut Discs? It has to be NMC, of course!

Judith Weir, Master of the Queen’s Music & Debut Discs Ambassador
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Help us support early-career composers

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. To date, through Debut Discs we have supported 20 critically-acclaimed releases since 2012.

We know there is still a large demand for this opportunity from a diverse group of composers, especially those at the start of their careers, and to address this we are delighted to be continuing the series. 

We are currently seeking support from individuals towards the costs of producing and releasing a further 8 albums in the series, which will be recorded and released between 2021 and 2024. 

How you can help

A project on this scale requires a great deal of resources, with each album in the series costing approximately £25,000 due to the nature of the repertoire involved. NMC needs your help to make this happen. A donation of any size to our Debut Discs appeal will make a huge difference and allow us to support and nurture the future careers of composers at a critical stage in their professional development. 

To thank you for your support, you will be the first to hear as new composers are announced in the series, and receive updates as releases become available. Donations of £500 or more will also receive a named credit in the booklet of each Debut Discs release.

For further information or to discuss your support in more detail, please contact Stephen Balfour, Office and Development Assistant, by email: or phone 020 3022 5836.


To donate now, fill out our online donation form here, or if you'd like to make an offline donation, download the leaflet and donation form below and return it to us by post.

Listen to our Debut Discs playlist on Spotify & Apple Music:

Having my music recorded and released for the first time by NMC has made a fantastic contribution to my career. Being able to refer new connections to a successful commercially available recording  is a huge step forward for me. 

- Charlotte Bray, Debut Discs Composer

Already NMC Recordings has been a great support to me professionally. Now I am thrilled about the prospect of having my own NMC Debut Disc, especially since this is giving me the rare chance to record works for larger forces. I am especially grateful for this opportunity. It is wonderful to be part of what feels like an NMC family of composers spanning many generations, rich in its diversity. 

- Emily Howard, Debut Discs Composer

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