CoMA (Contemporary Music for All) was founded in 1993 to enable musicians of all abilities to participate actively in contemporary music, championing an inclusive ethos in projects across the UK and Ireland. London Sinfonietta partner with CoMA each season to enable musicians of all abilities to create and perform new work alongside expert professionals.
Join the London Sinfonietta and Contemporary Music for All (CoMA) for a day celebrating contemporary music. Receive coaching on a piece of contemporary repertoire from a member of the London Sinfonietta. The London Sinfonietta players will be Darragh Morgan (violin), Mark van de Wiel (clarinet), and Christian Barracclough (trumpet).
Following your coaching session you will have the opportunity to perform in The Octagon, at Queen Mary University.
You are welcome to bring along any post-war piece of contemporary music and we encourage people to learn a piece from the ABRSM Spectrum series. Pieces should be no longer than 5 minutes. The showcase will be open to members of the public to attend.
End the day with a rehearsal and performance with the CoMA Allcomers Orchestra, performing a brand new commission by composer Kate Whitely.
Coaching 11am – 2pm
Showcase 2pm – 3.30pm
Allcomers rehearsal 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Evening concert 7pm – 9pm
Coaching sessions will be approximately 20 minutes long.
Each performer will have the opportunity to rehearse with our accompanist within this time.
Specific times for rehearsal and performance will be allocated closer to the day.
Who? We welcome interest from all members of the public of all ages and abilities (those aged under 18 will need to be accompanied by an adult).
What? CoMA is a national organisation committed to bringing contemporary music to people whatever their musical ability. This year, they have teamed up with the London Sinfonietta for a day celebrating contemporary music. We encourage people to learn a piece from the ABRSM Spectrum series, commissioned to provide the opportunity to learn contemporary music to all ages and abilities.
In 2018, a joint CoMA/London Sinfonietta concert featured music by Philip Cashian, Tansy Davies, Jonathan Harvey, Roxana Panufnik, Gregory Rose and Philip Venables, and included premieres of Festival commissions by Hannah Kendall and George Lewis.