Leslie Boosey Award recipient (2015)
NMC Recordings was awarded the RPS Leslie Boosey Award for its outstanding contribution to the furthering of contemporary music in Britain. This is the first time that the award had been made to an organisation, rather than an individual.
The award 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. You can read more about NMC's work here.
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.”
Aaron P. Dworkin: RPS Honorary Member and Founder of the Sphinx Organization, which helps aspiring Black and Latino musicians in the USA.
DID YOU KNOW?
Richard Wagner was musical director of the 1855 Philharmonic Society Season and conducted all eight concerts.