CoMA London


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. In the coming year, as part of CoMA’s Open Score project, we will be collaborating with composition students from the Royal Academy of Music who will write 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.

CoMA London Ensemble
CoMA London Ensemble


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 is working with student composers from the Royal Academy of Music. They are writing new Open Score pieces for us which will rehearse throughout the next term and perform at a concert at RAM on Tuesday 2 May.
New members are welcome at the first few rehearsals of each project. We start on Tuesday 10 January. Do get in touch.
We are particularly looking for a new percussionist. Percussion is provided.  It’s an ideal position for a keen learner with good reading skills.


Contact Liz Herbert on for more information about the ensemble.


RAM student compositions


2nd May 2017
Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, London N1 5HT

CoMA London will play Open Score works written specially for this project by student composers from the Royal Academy of Music.