CoMA Bespoke Call for 'Composer leads'

Pairing emerging composers with CoMA ensembles to create new work.

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CoMA is proud to be partnering with composer Matthew Shlomowitz for a new project: CoMA Bespoke

What is it?

‘CoMA Bespoke’ will pair emerging composers with CoMA ensembles to create a new work together. Under Matthew’s mentorship, composers will write a bespoke and inclusive composition for a CoMA ensemble, and help ensemble members to also compose pieces for their group.

Matthew Shlomowitz is a London based composer, raised in Adelaide, Australia. Matthew responded to the Covid-19 lockdowns with ‘Music for Cohabitors’, a project where he wrote scores for musical pieces for households on request. The compositions were tailored to the specific instrumentation and skills available in each household, and also responded to the stylistic interests of the musicians. For example, a piece for an advanced classical cellist, intermediate rock drummer, and beginner folk mandolin player.

Find out more about ‘Music for Cohabitors’ here. 


'Composer Leads'

We are looking for two early career composers to take part in this project as ‘Composer leads’ under Matthew’s mentorship.

Each ‘Composer lead’ will receive:



Application deadline: Monday 1st April

Interviews: Tuesday 9th April (In Mile End, London or Online)

Selected composers informed by Friday 12th April

June: Composers introduced to Matthew Shlomowitz and the CoMA ensembles they will be working with 

July – September: Core mentoring time with Matthew Shlomowitz and private composition time

October – December: Composers work with ensembles in-person to develop their pieces and help ensemble members to also compose pieces for their group. Continued mentoring from Matthew Shlomowitz  



Who can apply?

Composers requirements

Desirable experiences and attributes

We actively encourage applicants from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds, including those from the Global Majority, d/Deaf and disabled people, working class backgrounds and LGBTQ+.


How do I apply?

To apply please fill out the online application form here

Application deadline: Monday 1st April 2024 11.59pm 

The form will ask for the following attachments:

If you encounter any difficulties completing the form, please contact Francesca Le Lohé at

If you would prefer to submit a video rather than completing the form, please send a video explaining what you will bring to this project and why you are well placed to take part. Please send this video, together with a score and CV to

Places are limited, so we will select composers based on their statement, their enthusiasm for inclusive & collaborative practices and the quality of their music.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an online interview on Tuesday 9th April 2024 

If you have any questions, please email Francesca Le Lohé at

We look forward to receiving your application!

Call for ‘Composer leads’ CoMA is proud to be partnering with composer Matthew Shlomowitz for a new bespoke music-making project, ‘Come Together’. Generously supported by an AHRC Impact Acceleration Account grant, in collaboration with The University of Southampton.

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