Founded in November 1997, CoMA East Midlands explores and has fun with new and experimental music. About half of the great music we play comes from composers in the ensemble. We welcome players of any instrument (including voice) and all standards – the only prerequisite would be knowledge of musical notation. Composers are welcome to approach us with new music and to come and participate in or observe the ensemble.
As well as playing music we have CoMA Inspires, a discussion group for composers which meets online. Let us know if you would like to join the discussion.
Led by our musical Director, Joe Davies, CoMA East Midlands has continued to experiment and explore with themed concerts.
- “Games for May” 2023
- “Space” 2022
- “What Zoom can do” 2020
Recordings from our online workshops and concerts made in Lockdown can be heard on YouTube.
As well as staging our own showcase concerts every year, we enjoy collaborating with others. Collaborations include:
- 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.
Previously we have played at CBSO Centre, Birmingham Conservatoire, the Wirksworth Festival, Nottingham’s Café Scientifique and the Brewhouse Arts Centre (Burton-upon-Trent).
We meet in the lovely All Hallows Church, West Bridgford, NG2 5BP
Rehearsals are on Sundays: 1:15 to 315 pm. We meet monthly, usually on the first or second Sunday of each month.
- September 10th: Celebrating the music of Judith Weir
- October 8th
- November 12th
- December 3rd
Coma Inspires Online
CoMA Inspires, our discussion group for composers, is meeting regularly over Zoom. Contact us if you would like to know more.
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