'The quality of releases is proof of how central NMC has become to the UK's contemporary
music infrastructure
' – Gramophone


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About NMC

NMC Recordings is an award-winning record label with charitable status. Founded in 1989 by composer Colin Matthews OBE, we are devoted to enriching cultural life by connecting listeners with exceptional contemporary classical music from across the British Isles. 

We believe that new music is a dynamic and engaging art-form, and seek to inspire and challenge audiences through the release and promotion of recordings, innovative artistic partnerships, commissioning new repertoire, and delivering education work.

We fulfil our charitable aims by: 

- collaborating with leading composers, artists, orchestras, and ensembles

- producing high quality recordings of outstanding works

- promoting recordings and other resources to expand worldwide audiences for new music

- preserving this creativity for future generations

With over 250 releases in our back catalogue, encompassing established figures and new voices, our award-winning recordings are of the highest quality and feature major international artists. Our non-deletion policy, ensuring recordings are kept permanently available to the public, means NMC is rapidly becoming a national archive of contemporary classical music in Britain.

Our audience across 150 countries worldwide has grown steadily in recent years, with our catalogue receiving more than 1.8 million downloads, streams, and physical CD sales each year. More than just a record label, recent projects include artistic partnerships with Wigmore Hall, Science Museum, and Sound and Music; and the creation of education resources with Rambert Dance Company, and Rhinegold Education. 

In 2015, NMC became the first organisation to receive the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society’s Leslie Boosey Award for “its outstanding contribution to the furthering of contemporary music in Britain”. Colin Matthews subsequently received the Gramophone Special Achievement Award 2017 for his “unique contribution to British contemporary music as founder and executive producer of NMC”.  

For more information, you can view our Friends Leaflet here, or download our latest Accounts from the Charity Commission's website here.




Royal Philharmonic Society Award NMC Recordings is the recipient of the RPS Leslie Boosey Award for its
"outstanding contribution to the furthering of contemporary music in Britain" 2015-17. Read our RPS Award blog.


In 2017, Colin Matthews received the Special Achievement Gramophone Award for his unique contribution to British contemporary music as founder and executive producer of NMC Recordings. Find out more on our blog.


Gramophone Magazine

NMC D015

Robin Holloway: Second Concerto for Orchestra

Gramophone Award 1994

NMC D050

Harrison Birtwistle: The Mask of Orpheus

Gramophone Award 1998

NMC D141

Jonathan Harvey: Body Mandala

Gramophone Award 2008

NMC D150

The NMC Songbook

Gramophone Award 2009

NMC D156

Harrison Birtwistle: Night's Black Bird

Gramophone Award 2011


BBC Music Magazine

NMC D156

NMC D249

Harrison Birtwistle: Night's Black Bird

Edmund Finnis: The Air, Turning

BBC Music Magazine Award 2012

BBC Music Magazine Award 2020


Reissues, now available on NMC, that have won awards on other labels

NMC D113

John Casken: Golem

Gramophone Award in 1991 (Virgin Classics)

NMC D138

Harrison Birtwistle: Punch & Judy

Gramophone Award in 1980 (Decca Headline)

NMC D200          Harrison Birtwistle: Gawain                                            Gramophone Award in 1996 (Collins Classics)

NMC D148          Harrison Birtwistle: Secret Theatre                                Gramophone Award in 1988 (Etcetera)

NMC D236          Imogen Holst: String Chamber Music                            BBC Music Magazine Award in 2010 (Court Lane Music)



NMC D053

Edward Elgar / A Payne: Symphony No. 3

Classic CD Award 1998

NMC D112

Britten on Film

MIDEM Classical Award 2008

NMC D121

NMC DL2012

NMC D190

NMC D197

Julian Anderson: Book of Hours

New Music 20x12

Britten to America

Gerald Barry: The Importance of Being Earnest

Pizzicato ‘Supersonic Award’ 2007

RPS Award - Concert Series & Festival

Grammy Nomination 2014 - Best Classical Compendium

Grammy Nomination 2015 - Contemporary Classical