Contemporary Music for All opportunities 2017 and 2018

Save the date for the 3/4 March 2018 Contemporary Music for All Festival which will be offering opportunities all over the UK for getting involved; meanwhile, in 2017, have a go at some singing with a difference or at performing contemporary repertoire music in the beautiful setting of Orkney

Save the date! The Contemporary Music for All Festival returns on 3 and 4 March 2018 and will take place in all four nations of the UK and at least four cities in England.

If you want to find out more about contemporary music – is it all atonal? could I play it? is it affordable? will our audiences or performers be put off? -, this will be your chance of finding out: join in to have a go, or come and listen, and discover more about Open Scores: both affordable and playable in a myriad creative ways, being flexibly scored pieces for all kinds of ensembles.

Meanwhile, dip a toe in the water during 2017: Singing Adventures, Exploring Contemporary Classical Vocal Music, takes place on 3-5 March 2017 in London. Join to sing Howard Skempton’s A Flight of Song (a COMA commission) and enjoy Partsongs, new compositions, extended techniques, Arvo Pärt, approaches to performance, Pérotin, text scores, improvisation, John Cage and rhythm during this weekend with tutors Sarah Leonard, Janet Oates, Loré Lixemberg, Cathy Heller Jones, Emily Peasgood and Howard Skempton.

For singers of all abilities; experienced or new to contemporary music Full details and booking at or email

And at the end of July 2017, you can spend a week in Orkney exploring both the landscape and contemporary repertoire. More information and booking via

Contemporary Music for All, a Making Music member, was founded in 1993 to enable musicians of all abilities to participate in contemporary music. It has a national network of instrumental and vocal ensembles and a unique music collection of over a thousand works, an invaluable resource for professional, amateur and youth ensembles.