Since we began as an instrumental group in 2005 we’ve played at the East Sussex Music Centre and Lancing College, and have taken part in the Adur Arts Live Festival in Shoreham-by-Sea. We’ve given concerts in partnership with the lively student contemporary music group at Chichester University and workshops in collaboration with Worthing’s Revolutionary Music Group. In 2012 we collaborated with the Southampton Concert Orchestra in Gavin Bryars’s epic The Sinking of the Titanic at Southampton Guildhall.
Steve Dummer directed us in our early days and after several years away, during which he’s built up an extensive conducting portfolio, we were delighted to have him return as our MD in 2017.
You can hear some of our performances here.
We had a busy 2018 …
In March we were key players in the Chichester events of the Festival of Contemporary Music for All, collaborating with CoMA South, students of the University of Chichester and professional group The Riot Ensemble.
We made a return visit in April to Hove’s lively music venue The Brunswick.
We performed in St John’s Smith Square, London, as part of CoMA’s 25th Anniversary celebrations in September. As well as having our own spot we had great fun playing along with ensembles from Berlin, Maastricht and the UK.
At the Friends’ Meeting House in Brighton in November, we collaborated with New Music Brighton to give first performances of four new works, Veilings 1 by Phil Baker, CoMA 128 by Ric Graebner, Last Tango in Brighton by John Hawkins and Open by Guy Richardson, all of which we’d previously workshopped with the composers. We also played pieces by two members of our ensemble, Patrick Harrex and Diego Monsalve, and by other composers associated with the collaborating groups.
… and we have exciting plans for 2019 and beyond …
These include a collaboration with independent film-maker John Crix in June 2019 and a lunchtime concert at the Adur Arts Live festival in Shoreham-by-Sea at 12 noon on Saturday 23 November 2019.
Looking further ahead we hope to run a local event as part of CoMA’s Contemporary Music for All Festival on 7–8 March 2020.
We’re also delighted to have had an invitation for CoMA Sussex members to take part in Rachel Fryer’s project ‘Variations down the line’ (currently being crowdfunded here): five composers will be commissioned to make 21st-century responses to the chords and bass line of Bach’s Goldberg Variations which will be performed in a rural festivals tour of Sussex and Kent in 2020 and our members will be involved in presenting these new variations to a wider public in workshops.
We’ll be rehearsing on the following Sundays at 2:30 p.m. in the Recital Room in Falmer House (near the Students’ Union Shop) at the University of Sussex. See here for directions to the University.
- 26 May (special start time of 3:15 p.m.; replaces cancelled rehearsal)
- 16 June (filming with John Crix: special start time of 12:00 noon)
- 14 July
- 22 September
- 20 October
- 17 November
- 15 December
There will be a late morning rehearsal (time tbc) on Saturday 23 November at St Mary de Haura Church, before our lunchtime concert there.
New members – whatever their instrument – are always very welcome. Your first rehearsal is free of charge.
Many thanks to the Music Department of the University of Sussex for their support.
Membership of CoMA Sussex costs:
£75 per year (£55 concessions), paid annually,
£8 per month by standing order (£6 concessions)
£12 per rehearsal (£8 concessions).
Members must also become a CoMA Friend (annual subscription £36 standard, £24 concessions).
Music Director: Steve Dummer
Chair: Paul Scruton
Secretaries: Emily Alexander and Lluís Heppell; email email@example.com
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