CoMA East Midlands


In the light of government advice on Coronavirus to avoid social gatherings, we have cancelled all upcoming rehearsals.  We will be exploring ways that CoMA East Midlands can remain active in these circumstances so please check back for updates.

We are relaunching CoMA Inspires – our discussion group for composers – as an online group.  Please get in touch if you would like to know more.

Founded in November 1997, East Midlands CoMA Ensemble explores and has fun with new and experimental music.  We are looking forward to an exciting 2020 with new projects and pieces under our new Musical Director, Joe Davies.

We meet once per month, usually on the first Thursday.

We welcome players of any instrument (including voice) and all standards – the only prerequisite would be knowledge of musical notation.

We play lots of great music, with about half of it coming from the experienced composers in the ensemble.

As well as staging our own showcase concerts every year in July, we enjoy collaborating with others. Recent collaborations:

  • March 2018     Words and Music: Festival of Contemporary Music.  Leicester University.  As part of CoMA’s national festival of contemporary music, we worked with Nottingham’s DIY Poets to perform and interpret compositions and poems developed specially for the festival.  Our performance in Leicester was followed by a performance at the Nottingham Poetry Festival in April.
  • March 2017     EMC2. De Montfort University, Leicester.  A celebration of experimental music with composers and performers associated with the Experimental Music Catalogue, and with staff and students from the university.

In the past we have played at CBSO Centre,  Birmingham Conservatoire, the Wirksworth Festival, Nottingham’s Café Scientifique and the Brewhouse Arts Centre (Burton-upon-Trent).

Composers are welcome to approach us with new music and to come and participate in or observe the ensemble.  We also have a composers’ group, CoMA Inspires, which meets approximately six weekly on Sundays.


In the light of government advice on Coronavirus we have cancelled upcoming rehearsals.  

Thursday sessions at Music Department, University of Nottingham (7-9pm): We usually meet the first Thursday of the month with extra rehearsals before concerts and a break for the summer.

Rehearsal subs are £7 (£5 for concessions) or single annual payment of £70.  Regular players should become a Friend of CoMA.

Venue: Music Department, University of Nottingham. Free evening parking is available nearby at the Djanogly Hall (on the left) and on Science Road. It is no problem to drop things off closer to the building and then move your car.

The Music Department is building 33 on the Campus Map.  Rehearsals are usually in the Endsleigh Room.

Composers' group: CoMA Inspires

Coma Inspires Online 

CoMA Inspires, our discussion group for composers, will be reconvening online soon. Contact us if you would like to know more.


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