CoMA Sussex

Since we were established 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.

You can hear some of our performances at

We’ve had a busy 2018 under our new MD, Steve Dummer …

Festival of Contemporary Music for All, 3–4 March, Chichester

We were key players in this collaboration with CoMA South, students of the University of Chichester and professional group The Riot Ensemble.

Curious Sunset, 19 April, The Brunswick, Hove

We made a return visit to this lively music venue.

CoMA 25th Anniversary Celebrations, 22 September, St John’s Smith Square, London

We performed as part of these celebrations which lasted throughout the weekend. As well as having our own spot we had great fun playing along with ensembles from Berlin, Maastricht and the UK.

Open… for now… 17 November Friends’ Meeting House, Brighton

In this collaboration with New Music Brighton we gave 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, as well as works by other composers associated with the two groups.

… and we are making exciting plans for 2019 …

These include a collaboration with film-maker John Crix.

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. For directions:

  • 20 January
  • 24 February
  • 24 March
  • 14 April
  • 12 May
  • 16 June
  • 14 July
  • Autumn dates to be confirmed

New members – whatever their instrument – are always very welcome. Your first rehearsal is free of charge.

CoMA Sussex rehearsing at St John sub Castro, Lewes
CoMA Sussex rehearsing at St John sub Castro, Lewes

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).

Chair: Paul Scruton

Secretaries: Emily Alexander and Lluís Heppell

Music Director: Steve Dummer

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