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Contemporary Music For All Festival: Birmingham

Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 March 2016
University of Wolverhampton, Walsall Campus
CBSO Centre, Birmingham

Whatever your experience, if your ears are open to new music, you need to be here!

Celebrating a decade of CoMA’s ground-breaking Open Score* project, the Festival of Contemporary Music for All promotes contemporary music with a participative approach.

Join musicians from the world-renowned Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, the CoMA East Midlands and CoMA West Midlands ensembles, and contemporary choir Via Nova to rehearse, workshop and perform pieces by composers with strong CoMA associations – Plain Harmony by Michael Finnissy, a new version of The Second Key by Tansy Davies, Howard Skempton’s The Flight of Song and a new vocal work by Percy Pursglove. These will be performed alongside other CoMA pieces in a public concert on the Sunday evening. Both Finnissy and Davies will attend, and will also lead an all-comers creative workshop on the Saturday evening.

Anyone aged 18+ can play or sing and all are welcome – but participants must be able to confidently read music; experience in a choir or band/orchestra is desirable but is not essential.

*Open Score is a way of writing artistically challenging yet technically accessible music for flexible ensembles with non-professional musicians. Works by more than thirty established, up and coming, student and non-professional composers will be performed across five cities.


Saturday 5 March 2016

Please note that rehearsal one for singers has moved to the Saturday morning.

Rehearsal One (Singers), 10am – 1pm
University of Wolverhampton, Walsall Campus WS1 3BD

Vocalists will join Via Nova to rehearse a new work by Percy Pursglove and Howard Skempton’s The Flight of Song.

Rehearsal One (Instrumental), 2 – 5pm
University of Wolverhampton, Walsall Campus WS1 3BD

Join musicians from BCMG, CoMA East Midlands and CoMA West Midlands for the first rehearsal of Finnissy’s Plain Harmony and Davies’ The Second Key.

Explore and Create, 7 – 9.30pm
CBSO Centre, Birmingham B1 2LF

An all-comers creative evening led by composers Michael Finnissy and Tansy Davies.

Sunday 6 March 2016
CBSO Centre, Birmingham B1 2LF

Rehearsal Two, 2.30 – 5.30pm

The final rehearsal of Finnissy’s Plain Harmony, The Second Key by Davies, and vocal works by Pursglove and Skempton – again with BCMG, Via Nova, CoMA East and West Midlands musicians.

Whose New Music? 6.30 – 7pm

A panel discussion on encouraging non-professional adult musicians to engage with and perform contemporary music, including composers Michael Finnissy and Tansy Davies.

Festival of Contemporary Music for All Concert, 7.30pm

Birmingham Festival of Contemporary Music for All Concert – see concert page for details.

To perform in the concert participants must attend both Rehearsals One and Two.


Weekend ticket: £15 full price / £10 concession

Upon booking we will ask what sessions you are planning on attending, however a ‘weekend ticket’ will guarantee access to all sessions taking place across the weekend, including the Sunday evening concert.

Student weekend tickets are free but must be booked by emailing: emma@bcmg.org.uk

Booking closes on Sunday 28 February 2016.


For more information about the Festival, including workshops and events in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London and Manchester: coma.org/festival

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Organised by CoMA with: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Hebrides Ensemble, London Sinfonietta, Psappha, Sinfonia Cymru, NMC Recordings, Kings Place, KNM Berlin Campus Ensemble, Sound and Music, Scottish Music Centre, Ty Cerdd, Making Music (in England, Scotland and Wales), Royal Northern College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire, Leeds College of Music, University of Wolverhampton Music Department, Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of Wales, Oldham Music Centre, Bolton, THAMES and Triborough Music Hubs, Peters Edition, BBC Radio 3, BBC Scotland, Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble, The Crescent Arts Centre


Supported by:

Arts Council England logo PRS for Music Foundation Britten-Pears Foundation logo Foyle Foundation logo