CoMA Festival, Saturday 3rd March, Huddersfield

CoMA (Contemporary Music For All) has partnered with hcmf// to deliver a day of workshops and a performance
on the afternoon of Saturday 3rd March at St. Paul’s Hall at the University of Huddersfield.

CoMA Festival will take place across the UK and Europe over 2-4 March 2018.
A weekend of participation in new music for musicians of all ages and abilities.

We are looking for workshop leaders/conductors for two 2-hour workshops.


Workshop 1

In this workshop, you will deliver a 2-hour experimental music session with activities such as improvisation, exploring found sounds, electronics, noise, the voice, listening, text scores and so on – anything is possible. The workshop will be aimed at participants aged 15+ (maximum 40 participants), with no musical experience required. Participants could be encouraged to bring instruments/sound-making objects. The workshop will result in an informal performance.

Workshop 2

In this workshop, you will deliver/conduct a 2-hour session for young people and adults aged 15+ that can read music at grade 4/5+ standard (maximum 40 participants). The workshop will take the form of an “open rehearsal”. Music for the workshop can be chosen from the Open Score catalogue/anthology from the CoMA website

CoMA have suggested the following scores that would suit a workshop for this length of time. You are welcome to choose one of these or any others available in the catalogue. Please e-mail to see copies of the scores.

Paul Burnell: Four Minutes, Four Daydreams

Dave Smith: Bunnahabhain (from Whiskies of Islay)

Alexander Campkin: Counting My Numberless Fingers

Zoe Martlew: Slap On

Naomi Pinnock: Four Humours

Philip Venables: Dutch Courage

Howard Skempton: Sirens for Orchestra

Along with your proposal of piece(s), please briefly describe 2 or 3 activities you would do in an open rehearsal that are inclusive and would keep musicians engaged.  We would like to ensure that it is an inspiring, encouraging and fun experience for musicians of a range of ages to play with others, who may not have played music in a big ensemble before. Vocal/choral music is also welcome.


Both workshops are free for participants and will take place in the same space in St. Pauls Hall. Participants are welcome to attend 1 or both workshops but will be required to register prior to the event. They will be invited to perform the music created/explored (from workshop 1) and the piece they rehearsed together (workshop 2), at an informal concert lasting no longer than 30 minutes.  The concert will be a free public performance.

Workshop leaders/conductors are welcome to present ideas for either or both workshops. Please can you include a fee proposal along with your workshop proposal(s). Support staff from the festival will be available on the day to help set-up and assist where possible.


Deadline – Wednesday 7th February 2018

Please see the CoMA website of other events that are happening.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Learning & Participation Officer Alex Richardson ( if you have any questions.