Festival of Contemporary Music for All 2024


An international platform to create, perform, explore and celebrate contemporary music together.

Introduction

The Festival of Contemporary Music for All is a biennial event, bringing together music makers of all experiences and backgrounds. With dozens of events occurring throughout the UK and beyond and also online, participants involved have opportunities to premiere commissioned works, engage in side-by-side opportunities alongside professional players and take part in a range of workshops, talks and concerts. As a grassroots expression of music making, the Festival provides opportunities for unique artistic experiences as widely as possible, opening a culture of musical participation in contemporary music making.

The 2024 Festival will take place from 1-24 March. Explore all of the events via the tab above:

You can read about previous Festivals in 2022, 2020, 2018 and 2016.

What is CoMA Festival?

Check out the video's below showcasing highlights from previous festivals

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CoMA is grateful to Arts Council of England, Hinrichsen Foundation, PRS Foundation, Foyle Foundation Chalk Cliff Trust and the Vaughan Williams Foundation for their support of the 2024 Festival and Commissioning Programme.

Commissions for the 2024 Festival have additionally been supported by Diaphonique, Franco-British fund for contemporary music, in partnership with the SACEM, the Friends of the French Institute Trust, the British Council, the Institut français, the Institut français du Royaume-Uni, the Centre National de la Musique, Creative Scotland and the Salabert Fondation.

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Introduction to Field Recording

Workshop

Saturday, 24th February 2024–Saturday, 2nd March 2024

Huddersfield, Heritage Quay on the University campus

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Birmingham x CoMA Open Participation Day

Workshop

Saturday, 2nd March 2024

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (RBC), Birmingham City University, 200 Jennens Road, Birmingham, B4 7XR

Based in the West Midlands? Interested in exploring some new music and meeting local musicians? Come join us for a fun & playful day of music-making, hosted at the RBC!

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Limerick New Music Ensemble present The Dining Controversy

Concert

Sunday, 3rd March 2024

Limerick City Gallery of Art, Pery Square V94 E67F Limerick Ireland

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CoMA Festival Concert – Paris

Concert

Sunday, 3rd March 2024

Auditorium Antonin Artaud, Avenue Danielle Casanova, Ivry-sur-Seine, France

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Tutti Quanti Orchester and KNM Campus Ensemble

Concert

Sunday, 3rd March 2024

Paul-Löbe-Schule, Lindauer Allee 23, 10407 Berlin-Reinickendorf

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Queer Open Score

Workshop

Monday, 4th March 2024

Denis Arnold Hall, Faculty of Music, University of Oxford, St Aldates, Oxford, OX1 1DB

Join leading composers and musicologists for Queer Open Score! An interactive lecture-workshop of LGBTQ+ contemporary music at Oxford University, in collaboration with RETUNE festival. Participation encouraged, so come prepared to sing/play!

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Hidden Travels with an Open Score

Concert

Wednesday, 6th March 2024

Heart Centre, Bennett Road, Headingley, Leeds LS6 3HN, UK

Discover hidden depths in Open Score music at the next CoMA Leeds performance

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Torbay Symphony CoMA 2024 Festival Concert Series – Teignmouth

Concert

Saturday, 9th March 2024

Saint Peter the Apostle Parish Church of Shaldon, Bridge Road, Shaldon, Teignmouth, UK

A Teignmouth based concert filled with 20th century works

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Sound Scotland – CoMA Festival Day

Workshop

Sunday, 10th March 2024

A series of musical workshops for children, young and adult musicians.

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Side by Side: Nonesuch Orchestra

Concert

Sunday, 10th March 2024

St Peter’s Church, Southfield Road, London W4 1BB

A concert by the Nonesuch Orchestra and students from Twyford CofE Academies Trust schools

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