PRESS RELEASE: 24 April 2019 for immediate use
CoMA London appoints new Music Director
CoMA London is delighted to announce the appointment of Matthew Hardy as Music Director from the Autumn of 2019. He follows Gregory Rose, who is retiring after 20 years as conductor of the ensemble.
Matthew Hardy is a recent alumnus of the Royal College of Music conducting masters programme and has directed many community groups in London. He has made numerous commissions and given many premieres with both amateur and professional ensembles.
Matthew says: “I am delighted to have been appointed Musical Director of CoMA London Ensemble. I believe the group fulfils a very important role in making contemporary music more accessible to both performers and audiences and I’m really looking forward to getting started.”
CoMA London is an exciting, friendly, mixed ability orchestral ensemble of 25 players and is open to any instrument at intermediate to graduate level. The ensemble gives three or four concerts a year in London and has made a number of appearances at festivals. It works directly with established and emerging composers. As part of CoMA’s Open Score project, CoMA London collaborates with composition students from conservatoires and provides ensemble members the opportunity to try out their own compositional ideas.
CoMA (Contemporary Music for All) provides opportunities for amateur musicians to participate actively in the creation and performance of contemporary music. CoMA has created a repertoire of contemporary music that is artistically uncompromising yet technically accessible to amateur players and set up ensembles committed to its performance. CoMA’s biennial Festival of Contemporary Music for All takes place in 20 locations with 50 partnerships with leading professional ensembles, amateur and youth groups in UK and Europe.