CoMA Manchester

We are an inclusive mixed ensemble focused on improvisation, experimentation, and found sounds. We get together every fortnight during term time at various venues in Whalley Range, South Manchester.

CoMA Manchester: Streaming Blue Highlights

About us

CoMA Manchester was revived in March 2020 during the National CoMA Festival.

We are an inclusive mixed ensemble who welcome instruments as well as noise-making objects in our group.
We have a lot of fun in our rehearsals, and we enjoy chatting as well as making music together!
We hold rehearsals every fortnight, usually during term times, at various venues in Whalley Range (South Manchester).

Membership options:

Full membership – £13 per calendar month
Concession – £11 per calendar month
Pay As You Go – £7 per rehearsal

If you’d like to join us, get in touch!

We are CoMA Manchester
We are CoMA Manchester

CoMA Manchester take on ambitious projects and produce imaginative, high-quality performances whilst remaining open for anyone to join them.


CoMA Manchester presents: Of A World That Travels | Part of CoMA Festival 2024

The Sanctuary, Ascension Church Hulme, M15 5TQ

7:00PM (Door 6:30PM) | Saturday 23 March 2024

Ticket £6, available here

This special programme of music encapsulates everything CoMA Manchester is all about. Curated and created by our own members with contribution from guest artists, Of a World that Travels ensures a unique evening of musical wayfaring: from reinterpreted Monteverdi, through sound & visuals inspired by vintage television, to an inward search of true activism – all whilst we momentarily take a break by the seaside.

Expect the playful, with meditation, laughter, and chat.





Full Programme:

George Aperghis (1978): Le Corps a Corps
(Darren Gallacher – solo percussion)

Jane Fletcher (2024): Nobody Wanting Anything, Nobody Expecting Anything (World Premiere)

Natalie Summers (2024): Of a World that Travels to the Abyss just to Break Apart under the Pressure of a Thousand Absolute and Irreconcilable Claims to Holiness (World Premiere)

Sam Longbottom (2024): Television Ballade (World Premiere)

— Interval —

Javier Alvarez (2021): Temazcal
(Darren Gallacher – solo percussion)

Uri Agnon (2024): March (premiere excerpt, Contemporary Music for All Commission)
(Feat. Darren Gallacher – narrator & percussion)

CoMA Manchester: All-comers Workshop | Chorlton Arts Festival 2024

We are back at the Chorlton Arts Festival this Spring with an All-comers Come & Play taking place on Sunday 19 May!

2nd Whalley Range Scouts Hut, 7 Everton Road South, Chorlton, M21 0YP

2:45pm-4:45pm BST | Sunday 19 May 2024

Ticket £3, available here

We welcome all instrumentalists and vocalists to join us for an afternoon of joyful exploration of new music. We will workshop two new pieces of repertoire and perform them in an informal concert at the end of the session. This is for all abilities of instrumentalist or voice to come and play some contemporary music with us.

We will be in touch with all participants beforehand to talk about access requirements.

Rehearsal Dates

Anyone is welcome, and if you’d like to join, get in touch!  Make sure to get on our mailing list beforehand to get the most up to date information and rehearsal venues.

Here are the dates for our activities in Spring 2024.

CoMA Manchester will be observing a Spring break from late March until mid-April 2024.

Past projects

In Our Own Words

CoMA Manchester: ‘Streaming Blue’ Continued

Read this recent Blog from our Artistic Director Ellen Sargen & Ensemble Chair Bofan Ma, in which they jointly reflect on our ‘Composing for CoMA Manchester’ project with student composers from the Royal Northern College of Music in 2023.

“It was an incredible opportunity to work primarily with and for people, which taught me the importance of versatility and collaborative dialogues throughout the compositional processes.”
— Helena Zyskowska

“I am particularly happy with how collaborative this project was, a very different approach to a lot of the instrumental music I write, but which led to a piece I still feel connected to.”
Tanguy Pocquet

Our History


In May we premiered three new works by Tanguy Pocquet du Haut-Jusse, Alex Chapman and Helena Zyskowska (in partnership with PRiSM, RNCM) at Chorlton Arts Festival.

In the Autumn we jointly developed a new work by our Artistic Director Ellen Sargen, alongside guest soloists Ella Taylor, Amy Jolly, Ben Evans, Darren Gallacher.


In March we premiered three new pieces by local composers at CoMA Festival 2022.

In September we premiered our first commission by Kelly Jayne Jones, as part of our Streaming Blue Festival. Generously supported by Arts Council National Lottery Projects Funding.

In October we travelled over to Sheffield to play at Music in the Round’s Sounds of Now event with CoMA Sheffield.


In March we created an audiovisual programme for RNCM’s PLAY Festival.

In August performed a two day festival “Streaming Blue” that connected audiences to their local blue and green spaces through exciting programmes of new music. Generously supported by Arts Council National Lottery Projects Funding.

CoMA Manchester at RNCM PLAY Festival: To be held for a long time (2021)

Check out our Youtube Channel for more recordings!


Contact Ellen & Bofan at

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