To mark its 20th Anniversary in 2009, NMC Recordings commissioned The NMC Songbook. Nearly 100 composers, ranging from the country’s most highly regarded figures to the younger generation of emerging talents, each wrote a song on the theme of 'Britain', for single voice or duet and a range of accompanying instruments.
The songs are set to text chosen by the composers and cover a vast array of subjects, from lyrics by Blake and Byron and schoolbook rhymes listing the Kings and Queens of England, to extracts from a National Trust brochure, chants from the Leyton Orient terraces, a recipe for whisky, and road rage at the shopping centre Lakeside. Songs are interspersed with instrumental interludes from versions of a Galliard by Thomas Morley, arranged for the Songbook by Colin Matthews.
|Additional Information:||All the works on this disc were recorded in Hall One, Kings Place, London between 21 August and 17 September 2008|
|Schools:||School of Music, Humanities and Media|
|Funders:||Supported by Harold Moores Records|
|Deposited By:||Graham Stone|
|Deposited On:||30 Apr 2010 13:36|
|Last Modified:||02 May 2010 04:47|