CoMA East Midlands


We are very excited that our first in person meeting since March 2020 is planned for Sunday 4th July.

CoMA Inspires – our discussion group for composers – is thriving online.  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.  Despite 2020 being nothing like we expected, our new Musical Directer Joe Davies has made a great start.  In March he lead the ensemble and all-comers for a great ‘Come and play’ day to rehearse and perform a fantastic programme of new music by women – part of CoMA’s International Festival of Contemporary Music.  Since then he has helped us to work together online culminating in our December concert ‘What Zoom Can Do” . We look forward to more exciting music despite challenging times.

Recordings from our online concert, What Zoom Can Do, can be heard on YouTube.

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 regularly over Zoom.


Our rehearsals are now online

Members of the group are encouraged to bring compositions to match the themes

Sunday 10th January, 2-4
Theme of Rehearsal: Machaut & ‘a post-improvisation age’?

Machaut spent much of life in Isolation, living through various iterations of the 14th-century plagues – do his experiences and musical output hold relevance in our COVID-19 world?

Saturday 6th February, 2-4
Theme of Rehearsal: How close can we get to online synchronicity?

Sunday 7th March, 2-4
Featuring either a short online performance or a ‘recording session’ of various compositions, to be distributed on our YouTube Channel…

Saturday 3rd April, 2-4
Theme: Soloistic sonorism.

Sunday 9th May, 2-4
Theme: Mars, Space, and Sci-fi!

Sunday 13th June, 2-4

Sunday 4th July, 2-4
Meeting in the lovely All Hallows Church, West Bridgford, NG2 5BP

Composers' group: CoMA Inspires

Coma Inspires Online 

CoMA Inspires, our discussion group for composers, is meeting regularly over Zoom. Contact us if you would like to know more.


Antony Clare
0115 9255214

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