Festival of Contemporary Music for All

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

1 festival, 9 workshops, 9 concerts

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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Inspiration from music and poetry of the past for the present


02/03/2022 7:30 pm
CoMA Leeds Ensemble with Matthew Bellwood, narrator and storyteller

From Page to Performance: Workshop from Nonesuch Orchestra


03/03/2022 10:00 am
St Martin’s Church, West Acton, Hale Gardens, London, UK
School Composition Workshops with composer Andrew Toovey and the Nonesuch Orchestra, conducted by Dan Shilladay and led by Stephanie Waite

Festival of Contemporary Music for All 2022


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

Listening Grounds


04/03/2022 10:00 am
An opportunity to sprout your own creative musical “seeds” and share them in a collective digital “sound garden”

Manchester Allcomers Workshop


05/03/2022 1:00 pm
Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

Allcomers Workshop


05/03/2022 2:00 pm
Drama Studio - Rehearsal Room, 1 Shearwood Rd, Broomhall, Sheffield S10 2TD
An open workshop

Evening Performance


05/03/2022 7:00 pm
Drama Studio at University of Sheffield
A performance from CoMA Sheffield

From Page to Performance: Evening Concert from Nonesuch Orchestra


05/03/2022 7:30 pm
St Michael and All Angels Church, Bath Road, London W4 1TT
New works by student composers

Manchester Evening Concert


05/03/2022 7:30 pm
Join us for our evening performance at 7:30pm of pieces by five Manchester-based artists, meshing children's games with those created by a computer, and robots with reality.

Open Scores Club


06/03/2022 10:30 am
A chance to get involved with CoMA Glasgow