Save the date for the Contemporary Music for All Festival

The festival is coming near you on 3 & 4 March. Find out how you can be involved!

The 2018 Contemporary Music for All Festival is coming near you, so save the date (3 & 4 March), and find out how you can be involved!

Some of you took part in the first festival in 2016, playing in or attending workshops, rehearsals and performances in Cardiff, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Manchester and London. The 2018 festival is spreading to 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.

This is a great opportunity to go and find out how scary (or not), how difficult (or not) and how palatable (or not!) contemporary music can be.

Contemporary Music for All (CoMA) publish 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, go to A low-risk, tried and tested option for exploring new music?

Events/cities confirmed so far for the 2018 festival (all events welcome participants – see full details, as far as known at this stage here):

  • at the Sage, Gateshead, with Quay Voices, Royal Northern Sinfonia, and their chorus
  • at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Manchester (4 March only)
  • at Leeds College of Music (Sat 3 March only)
  • at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) Centre, Birmingham, with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG)
  • at the University of Leicester
  • performances in four churches in Norfolk: the Ixion Ensemble with local choir Cantamus
  • to be confirmed: Aldeburgh/Snape Maltings
  • London, starts Fri 2nd March; with London Sinfonietta; including a Nigel Osborne premiere
  • at the University of Chichester: in the company of the Riot Ensemble
  • at the University of Bristol
  • 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
  • at Cardiff University (2nd & 3rd March): with Robert Fokkens and the Fidelio Trio
  • Edinburgh: led by the Hebrides Ensemble, as before, this time also with a choral element
  • Orkney New Music Ensemble (on the mainland) lead a day for all (3rd or 4th March – tbc)
  • at Belfast’s Crescent Arts Centre, led by Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble

More details on events and how to book a place nearer the time.