Doncaster, United Kingdom

CoMA Contemporary Music

when 7 August 2016 - 13 August 2016
language English
duration 1 week
credits 10 EC
fee GBP 380

This year’s CoMA Summer School celebrates the life and work of Michael Finnissy. Widely recognised as one of the most significant and influential composers of his generation, Michael, now in his 70th year, is a life-long advocate of amateur musicianship and a dedicated supporter of CoMA and the late starters movement. Accordingly, at the heart of Summer School will be a project, directed by James Weeks, involving all participants – composers and performers, teachers and students alike – working together using folk materials sourced from around the globe, to create a MusicWorld for Michael Finnissy, designed to transform the Summer School site into an abundant musical ecosystem – a cheek-by-jowl final ‘circus’ performance in the manner of John Cage.

Scheduled around this core project will be a varied programme of options for composers, singers, pianists, and other instrumentalists, as well as dedicated string orchestras, contemporary music ensembles, creative opera and music theatre. At the heart of the composition course will be Michael’s Emperor’s New Clothes and other stories, offering a week of imagination and exploration, at the end of which, participants’ pieces will be performed by Michael in a recorded concert.

Course leader

This year’s tutors will be James Weeks, Michael Finnissy, Lore Lixenberg, Janet Oates, Gregory Rose, Darragh Morgan, Adi Tal and Mary Dullea and Clare Simmonds plus three talks by Judith Weir, Master of the Queen’s Music.

Target group

Composers, singers and players interested in contemporary classical music

Course aim

Develop composition and performance skills in contemporary music

Fee info

GBP 380: Day visitor
GBP 830: Full board en suite room


Student bursaries are available