COMA London is an ensemble of strings, woodwind, brass, piano and percussion. The players are of mixed ability, some of a very high standard. There is a very friendly, supportive atmosphere, and we welcome new members on any instrument at any level, but those at grade 5 and over are most likely to be comfortable with our music.
Our aim is to play music of high quality which is accessible to amateur players, whether it is written by established composers, students or COMA members. We work towards concerts – about four concerts a year – and often work directly with the composers. Recently, as part of CoMA’s Open Score project, we have collaborated with composition students from the Royal Academy of Music who wrote pieces for us.
We sometimes have evenings when members have the opportunity to try out their own compositional ideas with the ensemble. We have performed at many festivals around the country, including Spitalfields Festival for seven consecutive years, and the bmic Cutting Edge series for three consecutive years.
All players are required to be Friends of CoMA, and pay subscriptions to cover costs of rehearsals and concerts.
We normally rehearse on Tuesday evenings at St Leonard’s Church, Shoreditch (and occasionally at St Dunstan’s Church, Stepney). We welcome all instruments and abilities at the start of any project, but you do need to be able to read music.
Our next project starts on Tuesday 8 January 2019 and we will be rehearsing for a concert on Tuesday 19 March at Blackheath Concert Halls, where we will be playing new pieces by Trinity Laban Students and other CoMA pieces associated with Trinity Laban. New players are welcome at the first few rehearsals of the project – come and try us out.
In the Summer we will be performing in London and Hay-on-Wye.
Contact Liz Herbert on email@example.com for more information about the ensemble.