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. We are a mixed ability ensemble ranging from intermediate to graduate level players.

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 and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance 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 Ensemble Members of CoMA nationally, 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 at intermediate to graduate level at the start of each project. Our next project starts on Tuesday 10 September 2019.

We have an exciting programme of performances in 2019/2020.

  • On 30 November 2019 we have a concert at St John’s Waterloo. This will be our first performance with our new Music Director Matthew Hardy and with guest soloist, the composer and pianist Michael Finnissy
  • In March 2020 we will be performing at Queen Mary University of London as part of the Third Festival of Contemporary Music for All, including a major commission from Kate Whitley
  • In July 2020 we will be performing at Kings Place as part of their Nature Unwrapped series with a new work by Hollie Harding.


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