Opportunities for young musicians

Music hubs

The CoMA Open Score repertoire provides an opportunity for young musicians to play exciting new music with the flexible scoring suiting the varying make-up of youth ensembles.

CoMA has strong and growing links with Music Hubs. The Tower Hamlets Youth Orchestra from  THAMES (Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service) played in a join concert with CoMA London Ensemble in March 2014 and Oldham Music Service Contemporary Music Group gave a stunning performance at the CoMA 21st Anniversary Gala Concert at St John Smith Square in October 2014. These two groups, plus Bolton Music Service and Triborough (Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham and City of Westminster) Music Hub, play at the Manchester and London events in the Festival of Contemporary Music for All in February/March 2016.

If you are involved with a Music Hub and would like more information about using CoMA repertoire, please contact


Tower Hamlets Youth Orchestra at Shoreditch Church
Tower Hamlets Youth Orchestra at Shoreditch Church


CoMA is committed to inspiring the next generation of musicians in contemporary music. Key to this is the leadership of music teachers, school and youth orchestra conductors, workshop facilitators and band leaders. Directing contemporary music for the first time can be daunting, especially when works involve graphic notation and aleatoric elements.

An INSET day with CoMA provides music leaders with

  • An opportunity to browse a range of contemporary repertoire
  • Hands-on experience in playing and directing new works
  • Advice and training from an experienced CoMA music director
  • A contact for follow-up advice

CoMA can provide advice and repertoire to music services or training providers who are running their own INSET sessions.

To book an INSET day, or for resources and advice to enhance your own INSET training, contact CoMA on 020 7193 9787 or e-mail


CoMA workshops are an ideal way to enhance community participation in your festival, introduce contemporary music to an existing school or amateur orchestra, or pave the way for setting up a contemporary music group. Workshops can allow existing groups to discover new music, bring musicians together to experience ensemble playing for the first time, or concentrate on particular activities such as percussion or improvisation.

CoMA brings to all events

  • Proven artistic programming and track record
  • Experience and knowledge of suitable repertoire
  • Infectious enthusiasm for new music
  • Follow up advice and help with setting up new music ensembles and projects

What is available?

  • One-day or two-day ensemble workshops to working towards a performance of flexibly-scored repertoire
  • Composition projects over periods of several months
  • Percussion, improvisation and music theatre workshops