To mark its 20th Anniversary in 2009 NMC Recordings has commissioned The NMC Songbook.
Nearly 100 composers, ranging from the country’s most highly regarded figures to the younger generation of emerging talents, have each written a song, loosely themed on ‘Britain’ and scored for single voice or duet and a range of accompanying instruments.
The songs have been set to text chosen by the composers and cover a vast array of subjects, from well-known poems by Blake and Byron through to a list of the Kings and Queens of England, extracts from a National Trust brochure, chants from the Leyton Orient terraces, a whisky recipe, and a colourful rant about road rage.
Recorded at Kings Place in the autumn of 2008 The NMC Songbook will be launched as a 4-CD box set in April simultaneously with the first public performances of the songs at Kings Place, London spread over four days of concerts and curated by composer and Executive Producer of NMC, Colin Matthews.
Judith Bingham, James Dillon Philip Grange, Nicola LeFanu, Geoffrey Poole, Roxanna Panufnik, Julian Philips and Errollyn Wallen all wrote pieces for this unique project. More details: NMC website
The NMC 20th Anniversary Sampler is available as a FREE download from the NMC website. The sampler features a selection of recently released tracks from the NMC label and provides a great introduction to its increasingly diverse catalogue.