CoMA Festival of Contemporary Music for All

Take part in a weekend celebration of participative new music making!

The weekend features opportunities for musicians and singers of all ages and abilities; come and sing at our Singing Day led by Edwin Hillier (with a joint session in the afternoon with Dunedin Consort), play new music with members of Aberdeen’s new music ensembles Any Enemy and Spectrum, or take part in a creative workshop exploring sound for primary school children.

Saturday 5 March

Singing Day
with Edwin Hillier

Time: 10am-4.30pm
Venue: TBC University of Aberdeen

For singers of all ages 15+
£10 / FREE (students/u18/low income households)

Dust off the winter blues, be adventurous, enjoy singing again with other people and discover the fun and challenges of vocal new music. 

This informal day for all voice types will be led by composer/conductor Edwin Hillier. The repertoire will include a range of songs and works written for choirs by living composers. The afternoon will include a joint session with Dunedin Consort and the day will conclude with a joint informal sharing of the pieces at 4pm.

All singers (age 15+) are welcome, although some experience of singing in a choir and the ability to read music will be useful for the day.

To sign up please complete this online form or email

Children’s workshop

Time: 1.30-3.30pm
Venue: TBC University of Aberdeen

Suitable for P4-P7 ages

Explore and experiment with sound in this creative music workshop for primary school children.

During the workshop we will be creating music and graphic scores, coming up with ideas for sounds, working as a team and playing together as a group. The workshop is for children who have been playing their instrument for a minimum of six months and can play a variety of different notes with ease. We will have a small number of keyboards for pianists (offered on a first-come first-served basis) and there will be percussion available.

PLEASE NOTE - WORKSHOP IS FULL but you can be added to the mailing list by completing this online form.

We will run more workshops in the future so please complete to be sent this information.

If you have any further questions, please email

Sunday 6 March 

Side-by-side with Any Enemy and Spectrum 

Time: 1-4.30pm
Venue: King's Pavilion, University Road, University of Aberdeen

For instrumentalists of all ages 12+ and approx. grade 5+ standard
£6 / FREE (students/u18/low income households) 

Join us for an afternoon of playing and performing new music together with new music ensembles Any Enemy and Spectrum. Repertoire will include new works commissioned by CoMA

This workshop is open to young people (12+) and adult instrumentalists who are Grade 5 standard and above. This standard is required due to the music we will be playing on the day. Music will be made available in the week before the event and parts will be allocated; they are not standard orchestral pieces where you play the part with your instrument written at the top of it. Players will be working side-by-side with the ensembles Any Enemy and Spectrum. Pete Stollery will lead the workshop, talk everyone through the music and conduct the ensemble.

We can accommodate all instruments in the workshop, but please note there are only limited places for percussionists and pianists (offered on a first-come first-served basis). If you would like to find out more information about the orchestration, please contact us.

To sign up, please complete this online form or email

With support from Creative Scotland, Aberdeen City Council, Hugh Fraser Foundation, The Gannochy Trust, The Witherby Publishing Group Charitable Trust, William Syson Foundation, The EIS Education Committee, Aberdeen Endowments Trust, David and June Gordon Memorial Fund.

The Festival of Contemporary Music for All is supported by: