The weekend begins for everyone with a rehearsal of Nigel Osborne’s commission I am Swimming on Friday night. Throughout the weekend there are workshops for singers and instrumentalists of all ages and abilities. On Saturday night, there will be a concert by the CoMA/London Sinfonietta Festival Ensemble as well as informal performances during the day. Throughout the weekend there is a strong focus on the involvement of young people with Music Hubs and East London Community Band. The weekend finishes with the performance of Nigel Osborne’s new composition in Shoreditch Town Hall by all participants.

The CoMA Partsong book will be launched during the weekend with performances by CoMA Singers.

Film accompanying I am Swimming
Film accompanying I am Swimming

Join us to

  • Premiere a major new work for chorus and orchestra by leading composer Nigel Osborne
  • Experiment with interconnected sounds and spaces with Hollie Harding’s moving sound installation
  • Re-shape traditional and found sound sources with some of the latest easy-to-use technologies
  • Improvise with wide-ranging musical sources to create new works with the Brunel Fusion Orchestra, led by Peter Weigold
  • Explore entirely new approaches to singing with Janet Oates and CoMA’s ground-breaking Partsong repertoire
  • Perform Steve Reich’s modern classic, Music for Pieces of Wood
  • Experience the extraordinary range of today’s music in a concert by the London Sinfonietta / CoMA Festival Ensemble
  • Gain insights into writing flexibly with a CoMA London and composers Gregory Rose and Andrew Toovey
  • Take part in final Festival concert, a celebration and demonstration of the power of new music


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Music at Brunel University London, CoMA London, CoMA Singers, CoMA Voices, East London Community Band, London Sinfonietta, THAMES Music Hub and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.


I am swimming


03/03/2018 7:30 pm
Stromness Town Hall, Orkney
A concert by the Orkney New Music Ensemble.

Celebration concert


22/09/2018 7:30 pm
St John's Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA
CoMA ensembles join together to perform some of CoMA’s large scale commissions.

Open House – Open Score 2


22/09/2018 2:00 pm
St John's Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA
CoMA ensembles demonstrate the diversity of the ensembles and CoMA’s Open Score repertoire.

Open House – Open Score 1


22/09/2018 12:00 am
St John's Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA
CoMA ensembles demonstrate the diversity of the ensembles and CoMA’s Open Score repertoire.

CoMA Benefit Concert


21/09/2018 7:30 pm
Central London
A benefit concert for CoMA in central London with some of the fantastic professional players who work with CoMA.



03/03/2018 6:00 pm
St Paul's Hall, Queensgate, Huddersfield HD1 3DH
Results of the day's workshops.

Open rehearsal


03/03/2018 3:30 pm
St Pauls Hall, Queensgate, Huddersfield HD1 3DH
With composer/teacher Katie Warburton

Noise, drone and improvisation


03/03/2018 1:00 pm
St Paul's Hall Queensgate, Huddersfield HD1 3DH
With sound artist Russell Gray

Come and Play/Sing Performance


04/03/2018 7:30 pm
2-4 University Rd, Belfast BT7 1NH
Conducted by Sinead Hayes, and alongside the members of the Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble, the CoMA Belfast Ensemble & Singers will give an informal performance of music rehearsed during the Come and Play/Sing Workshops.

Come and Play/Sing Workshop


04/03/2018 2:00 pm
2-4 University Rd, Belfast BT7 1NH
Hard Rain Conductor Sinead Hayes will lead workshop sessions with players of all abilities, featuring music by contemporary composers Jonathan Harvey and Michael Finnissy.

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