Festival of Contemporary Music for All 2016


The inaugural Festival of Contemporary Music for All in March 2016 was a partnership involving 20 professional ensembles, national music organisations, conservatoires and music hubs in six locations.

A feature was the launch of a new publication celebrating CoMA’s first Open Score anthology. CoMA’s open-score method provides a way of writing artistically challenging yet technically accessible music for flexible ensembles with amateur players was at the heart of the Festival. Across the festival, works by more than thirty established, up & coming, student and amateur composers were performed.

Workshops provided opportunities for singers and players to actively participate in new music. The festival also featured a conference, which explored the role and future of inclusive contemporary music making. Performances by leading professional contemporary ensembles, CoMA groups and youth ensembles provided a wide range of listening experiences.

Partners and Participants

CoMA Ensembles (Bristol, East Midlands, Leeds, London, Maastricht, Manchester, Singers, Sussex and West Midlands), KNM Campus Ensemble, Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra, Arditti Quartet, BCMG, Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble, Hebrides Ensemble, London Sinfonietta, Psappha, Sinfonia Cymru, Kings Place, The Crescent Arts Centre, Sound and Music, Ty Cerdd, Scottish Music Centre, Making Music, NMC Recordings, RNCM, RAM, Birmingham Conservatoire, Leeds College of Music, University of Wolverhampton, Cardiff University School of Music, National Youth Orchestra of Wales and the Bolton, Oldham, THAMES and Triborough Music Hubs, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Scotland.


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