NMC Recordings is a registered charity record label devoted to the promotion of contemporary classical music from the British Isles. The first organisation to be heralded with the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Leslie Boosey Award for “its outstanding contribution to the furthering of contemporary music in Britain”. NMC has a catalogue of over 250 albums, encompassing established composers and emerging talent, and performed by major international artists. NMC’s recordings are praised for their quality and many have won awards and five star reviews.
Colin Matthews on NMC’s vision:
Imogen Holst was a visionary. When together we established the Holst Foundation, not long before her death in 1984, she was clear that she did not want its future role to subsidise her father’s music in the way that most other composer trusts function. Instead she hoped that it would be able to support the work of living composers; and this is what the Foundation has done for nearly 30 years. We had talked at length about the possibility of funding recordings, and although it took a while to get NMC off the ground, I have always felt that the label was founded with her blessing, and that she would have approved whole-heartedly of what we have achieved since 1989.
The Holst Foundation’s substantial support is coming to an end (Holst’s copyrights expired in 2004) and NMC depends more than ever on individual supporters, for whose generosity we are already hugely grateful. Every gift helps us to keep up our reputation for innovation and independence, for quality and originality, and maintains our indispensable contribution to the world of new music. NMC seeks to challenge, and we make no secret of the fact that some parts of the catalogue make more demands on our listeners than others. The rewards for those with open ears are all the greater!
Knussen: Symphonies No. 2 & 3
Keeley: Songs, Chimes and Dances
Finnissy: Second & Third String Quartets
Goehr: Colossos or Panic
Morgan Hayes - Stops & Strides
Brian Elias - The House That Jack Built
Crossing Ohashi Bridge
Jonathan Harvey - Bird Concerto with Pianosong
The Wandering Jew
Ed Bennett - My Broken Machines
Harrison Birtwistle - Night's Black Bird
Weigold: Earth & Stars
Bennett: Songs Before Sleep
Roxburgh: Solos and Duos