Summer School 2016

A MusicWorld for Michael Finnissy from Sunday 7 to Saturday 13 August in High Melton, Doncaster, Yorkshire.

A summer school with a difference

What makes us so different is the sheer range and quality of musical experiences offered and the phenomenal commitment, expertise and generosity that can only come from musicians who are at the top of their profession. If you are looking for a summer school that is regularly described by participants as inspirational, life enhancing and confidence boosting, then look no further. The CoMA Allcomers Summer School has a proven track record of changing lives – for the better! An eclectic mix of concerts, workshops and orchestral options offers musicians of varying skills and interests a multitude of new musical experiences, as participants and audiences.

Who do we cater for?

We provide for all musicians, be they composers, singers and/or instrumentalists. Most sessions accommodate a wide range of abilities – late starters as well as very experienced musicians and music teachers. Some options require no previous experience. Others are better suited to the ambitious and well-practiced.

Teachers who have attended previously have received financial support from their schools as part of their in-service training in recognition of the immense benefit they gain from summer school with its many examples of new music and practice.

a trailer for CoMA Summer School

The programme

Throughout this year CoMA is celebrating the life and work of Michael Finnissy. Widely recognised as one of the most significant and influential composers of his generation, Michael, now in his 70th year, is a life-long advocate of amateur musicianship and a dedicated supporter of CoMA and the late starters movement.

Accordingly, at the heart of Summer School will be a project involving all participants – composers and performers, teachers and students alike – working together using folk materials sourced from around the globe, to create a MusicWorld for Michael Finnissy, designed to transform the Summer School site into an abundant musical ecosystem – a cheek-by-jowl final ‘circus’ performance in the manner of John Cage.

Scheduled around this core project will be a varied programme of options for composers, singers, pianists, and other instrumentalists, as well as dedicated string orchestras, contemporary music ensembles, creative opera and music theatre. At the heart of the composition course will be Michael’s Emperor’s New Clothes and other stories, offering a week of imagination and exploration, at the end of which, participants’ pieces will be performed by Michael in a recorded concert.

Other highlights include aerc a new work by James Weeks exploring the intimacy of pairs, specially written for the Summer School strings, the piano music of Michael Finnissy with Mary Dullea and Opera in Procession with Janet Oates. The concert programmes features the Fidelio Trio, the re-launch of the fabled IXION Ensemble and much much more, including one of Michael Finnissy’s utterly unique cabaret concerts.


This years tutors and performers will be  Loré Lixenberg, Andrew Toovey, Janet Oates, James Weeks, Gregory Rose, Judith Weir, Darragh Morgan, Adi Tal, Mary Dullea and the Fidelio Trio, IXION Ensemble and Michael Finnissy.


Our venue at High Melton is set on a scarp overlooking the Deane Valley, and offers the use of a Saxon Church as well as rehearsal spaces, a theatre and practice rooms.


To book for Summer School, download the options timetable and detailed options descriptions to decide what courses you want to take and then complete the booking form below.

Contact with any questions.

Summer school options timetablepdf
Summer School options descriptionpdf
Summer School booking formpdf


CoMA Summer School is supported by the PRS for Music Foundation and the Britten Pears Foundation.

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