CoMA East Midlands


Founded in November 1997, East Midlands CoMA Ensemble explores and has fun with new and experimental music.  We are looking forward to an exciting year with new projects and pieces.

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.


Thursday sessions at Music Department, University of Nottingham (7-9pm): 

  • 12 September 2019
  • 3 October 2019
  • 7 November 2019
  • 5 December 2019
  • 9 January 2020
  • 6 February 2020
  • 5 March 2020
  • 2 April 2020
  • 7 May 2020
  • 4 June 2020
  • 2 July 2020

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.


Musical Director

Music Director required for CoMA East Midlands Ensemble

We are looking for an experienced musician to serve as principal conductor of this well-established amateur contemporary music ensemble, to work with us from early in 2020. Together with the committee you will play a key role in maintaining and promoting the ethos of the ensemble and achieving its objectives in quality of performance, public profile and artistic ambition. We meet on the first Thursday of the month 7.00 – 9.00pm in the Music Department of the University of Nottingham.  The Ensemble usually gives a showcase concert in July plus other one-off events.  We pay £60 per rehearsal session and £250 for each concert.

The Ensemble currently comprises of small groups of strings and woodwind plus piano.  Several players also play unpitched percussion where required. The players are of mixed ability.  There are no auditions, but those at grade 5 and over are most likely to be comfortable with our music.  The Ensemble provides a friendly and supportive atmosphere, welcoming new members on any instrument.

Our repertoire is works by established and emerging composers, students and CoMA members.  Most of the music we play is flexibly scored, allowing for various line-ups of instruments. We often work directly with composers and many Ensemble members are themselves composers, so our sessions frequently give them the opportunity to try out their own compositional ideas.

Applications close on Saturday 12th October 2019

Interviews will be held week beginning Monday 11th November 2019

Auditions with the Ensemble in December 2019

For an application pack and any questions please contact:

Antony Clare at or 0115 9255214

Composers' group

Coma Inspires Sunday meetings 

Dates and locations to be confirmed.

£2 (£1 concessions) per session to cover expenses.


Musical director
Antony Clare
0115 9255214

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