Festival of Contemporary Music for All

Opportunities for participation in new music for musicians of all ages and abilities.

1 concert, 1 festival

The Festival of Contemporary Music for All is a biennial event, bringing together music makers of all experiences and backgrounds. With 30+ events occurring throughout the UK and beyond, participants involved will have opportunities to premiere commissioned works alongside professional players and take part in a range of workshops, developments and concerts. As a grass-roots 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.

What is the festival?

The next Festival will take place 4-6 March 2022. You can watch a recording of the Festival launch at https://youtu.be/o3J_5ZLEobs.

The  2020 Festival took place in 23 locations across the UK and Europe, involved over 60 partners and more  than 70 new works were performed. Follow these links to see information about the 2020, 2018 and 2016 Festivals.

The 2022 Festival will expand to more locations and partners. If your ensemble would like to take part or you would like to take a lead in your location, please get in touch with the Festival Director, Tamara Kohler at tamara@coma.org

Read about Listening Grounds, a major online project for the Festival.

Find out about my sounds, a free creative music project for 14-18 year old musicians, composers and sound explorers.

CoMA gratefully acknowledges funding support for the Festival commissions from Arts Council England, The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, PRS Foundation, Samuel Gardner Memorial Trust, RVW Trust and Youth Music.

We are part of the Keychange initiative encouraging festivals and music organisations to achieve a 50:50 gender balance by 2022.

We commit to Sound and Music’s Fair Access Principles, designed to act as a code of best practice for running successful, open and inclusive artist development programmes, competitions and awards for composers.

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