The 2018 Contemporary Music for All Festival is coming near you on 2-4 March. Sign up to take part.
Some of you participated in the first Contemporary Music for All (CoMA) festival in 2016, playing in or attending workshops, rehearsals and performances.The festival is open to all and is a fantastic opportunity to delve into contemporary music.
The 2018 festival is taking in many more cities, includes opportunities for singers as well as players and is warmly inviting all leisure-time musicians to join 'come and play' opportunities, workshops, rehearsals and performances.
A low-risk, tried and tested option for exploring new music?
CoMA publishes affordable Open Scores and Part Songs by well-known contemporary composers which are easily usable by groups comprising all kinds of instruments and voices. These works underpin many of the workshops and performances in the festival, but are of course available all year round.
To download, buy or hear some Open Scores, visit the CoMA music catalogue.
CoMA Festival 2018
Activities for the 2018 festival are being added all the time to the calendar - below are some of the events that have been confirmed so far. If you can't see anything near you, keep checking the CoMA Festival website for updates and more information.
- The Sage, Gateshead, with Royal Northern Sinfonia, the Sinfonia's Chorus and Quay Voices. Workshop, concourse performances and come-and-play sessions, in four strands: instrumental, vocal, composition, and electronic. There will also be a newly commissioned fanfare from James Weeks, joining amateur and professional performers.
- Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Manchester (4 March only)
- Leeds College of Music (Sat 3 March only)
- CoMA West Midlands, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG), Music Maze (BCMG’s young person’s contemporary music project), Via Nova Choir workshops and performances with all comers
- Michael Finnissy and four local amateur composers will reflect on Norfolk music-making, creating works for performance by a local community choir (Cantamus) and a trio from IXION Ensemble
- Composition day on Friday for A-level students at Brunel University followed by London Sinfonietta, with Nigel Osborne’s commission on Friday night.Throughout the weekend, there will be workshops for singers and instrumentalists of all ages and abilities. On Saturday night, there will be concerts by CoMA London, CoMA Singers and London Sinfonietta. On Sunday Music Hubs, East London Community Band will be involved in a family event at Rich Mix. The weekend finishes with the performance of Nigel Osborne’s new composition in Shoreditch Town Hall by all participants.
South and South West
- University of Chichester, where resident ensemble The Riot Ensemble will join with CoMA South, CoMA Sussex and Allcomers for a stimulating weekend of musical participation and listening
- CoMA Bristol, University of Bristol, Department of Music and St Mary Redcliffe & Temple School
- Torrington (Wed 28th Feb to Fri 2nd March): workshops led by Share Music with a mixed all comers’ company including adults with disabilities, culminating in a festival-opening event
- Totnes, Teignmouth, Torbay (Sat 3rd & Sat 10th March): concerts by Torbay Symphony Orchestra, at the Teignmouth Classical Music Festival, and by the Saturday Music Centre
- Truro: led by Kevos, with support from Cornwall Music Education Hub and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra 'come and play' and conducting workshops, concerts by Kevos and Truro Youth String Orchestra and a service at Truro Cathedral
- Cardiff Contemporary Music Group will lead CoMA Part Songs workshops and rehearsals follows by an evening concert on Friday. Saturday will be an instrumental day with all-comers workshops/rehearsals on Open Score repertoire with members of the Fidelio Trio. There will be a composers’ panel on 'Writing for amateurs/writing open scores' and evening concert.
- Edinburgh: led by the Hebrides Ensemble, this time also with a choral element - new work by Nigel Osborne will be premiered along with other contemporary composers and a broadcast opportunity is planned
- Belfast’s Crescent Arts Centre, led by Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble workshop and concert with young, amateur and professional performers
- Matrix New Music Centre in Leuven, offering a programme of “all comers” music making activities plus a mini-conference