CoMA East Midlands


Founded in November 1997, East Midlands CoMA Ensemble explore and have fun with new and experimental music.  We are looking forward to an exciting year with a new rehearsal space and exciting events in the pipeline.

Under the tutelage of our director Kieran O’Riordan, 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. Recently we have joined forces with other CoMA ensembles for concerts in London, Walsall, Sheffield and Birmingham as well as staging our own concerts in Nottingham.

In the past we have played at Birmingham Conservatoire, the Wirksworth Festival, Nottingham’s Café Scientifique and the Brewhouse Arts Centre (Burton-upon-Trent).  In 2008 we could be heard on Radio 3’s Performance on Three/Making Music Play the Nation slot.

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


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

  • 8 June 2017
  • 6 July 2017

Expect an extra full-day rehearsal in July to prepare for our Summer Concert.

If you want to play with us regularly you need to become a Friend of CoMA ( £36 a year) and pay rehearsal subs for each session.  This is £7 (£3.50 for concessions) discounted to £5 (£2.50) for the first year. Full day rehearsals for concert preparation are £10 (£5).  See Support us for for more about membership including concessions.  There are discounts for annual and termly rehearsal payment.

Venue: Endsleigh Room, 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.

Composers' group

Coma Inspires Sunday meetings – Locations to be confirmed

  • 4 June 2017
  • 30 July

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


Regional co-ordinator:
Anna Claydon 0116 2856007 (home) or 0116 252 2089 (work)

I have an answer phone, so please leave a message if I am not in.

Music Director:
Kieran O’Riordan
0116 2207253

Other contacts:
Antony Clare
0115 9255214

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