Celebrating 25 Years

An anniversary weekend of concerts and workshops

1 open rehearsal, 1 panel discussion, 3 workshops, 5 concerts
22/09/2018–23/09/2018

Saturday

22 September 2018: Open Score - Open House

Experience the inclusivity, experimentation and total commitment to playing the music of living composers that are the hallmarks of CoMA’s approach to music making.  Founded 25 years ago to enable amateur musicians to participate in the creation and performance of new music, CoMA is now widely recognised as a central force in contemporary music, most recently establishing a festival that spans and involves the whole sector in a biennial celebration of contemporary music. The repertoire for the days programme of concerts and open rehearsals is drawn from CoMA’s extensive library of more than 600 commissioned works, a collection that uniquely reflects the diverse forms and languages used by the composers of today.

As part of Open House London, the daytime rehearsals will be open, free of charge, to the public.

In the lunchtime concert, each CoMA and associate ensemble will perform works to demonstrate the diversity of the ensembles and CoMA’s Open Score repertoire for instruments and voices.

A pre-concert panel discussion will explore the future of contemporary music.

In the evening all singers and players will join together to perform some of CoMA’s large scale commissions including Nigel Osborne’s I am Swimming.

Sunday

23 September 2018

This will be a day for participation by all-comers, with CoMA workshops as part of the Kings Place Time Unwrapped series.

The day will finish with a concert by the CoMA Anniversary Ensemble conducted by Gregory Rose.

Browse all events in this series

Open House

Open Rehearsal

22/09/2018 9:00 am
St John's Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA
Members of CoMA and other amateur ensembles join forces to rehearse for the evening concert

Slap On

Concert

22/09/2018 1:00 pm
St John's Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA
CoMA ensembles demonstrate the diversity of the ensembles and CoMA’s Open Score repertoire.

Nexus

Panel Discussion

22/09/2018 7:00 pm
St John's Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA
Panel discussion on the future of contemporary music, chaired by Tom Service

CoMaChord

Concert

22/09/2018 8:00 pm
St John's Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA
CoMA ensembles join together to perform some of CoMA’s large scale commissions.

Timescraper

Workshop

23/09/2018 11:00 am
St Pancras Room, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG
James Weeks leads an investigation into music which puts us in contact with time passing with works by John Cage, Jürg Frey and Michael Pissaro.

A Time to Listen

Concert

23/09/2018 1:00 pm
Hall One, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG
The renowned vocal director and composer James Weeks gives a rare performance of Tom Johnson's mesmerising forensic analysis of our experience of time.

Time is a Tree

Workshop

23/09/2018 2:00 pm
St Pancras Room, Kings Place, York Way, London N1 9AG
Voice workshop with Kerry Andrew, composer and vocalist in Juice, You Are Wolf and DOLLYman, creating sung layers of time in her inimitable work time is a tree.

Pulse and Illusion

Workshop

23/09/2018 2:00 pm
Hall Two, Kings Place, York Way, London N1 9AG
Experience the quickfire energy of a percussion workshop led by Chris Brannick, one of Britain’s most virtuosic and versatile percussionists. Simply bring yourself, percussion provided. All welcome.

Poeme symphonique

Concert

23/09/2018 5:00 pm
Gallery Level, Kings Place, York Way, London N1 9AG
A free performance of György Ligeti's piece for 100 metronomes.

Forest of Clocks

Concert

23/09/2018 6:30 pm
Hall One, Kings Place, York Way, London N1 9AG
An evening of time-warping highlights from CoMA's catalogue by the CoMA Anniversary Ensemble conducted by Gregory Rose