CoMA: Contemporary Music for All

Deadline ongoing

Deadline for submission of works 21st of Dec 2018

Midwinter Composers Course

2-6 January 2019
St Hilda's College and Jacqueline du Pré Music Centre, Oxford

Treat yourself this New Year to a gigantic creative boost with CoMA’ intensive mid-winter five-day composition course. With a track record for taking composers onto an entirely new level, the course provides the technical capacity and confidence to realise more ambitious musical ideas and projects. This year’s composition tutor, Alasdair Nicolson, will offer friendly and supportive advice to composers at all stage of their developments, advice that is nevertheless challenging and deeply instructive.  With a focus on string writing, composers are required to write for amateur strings as well as for a professional string trio – Tristan Gurney (violin) Ruth Gibson (viola) and Robin Michael (cello).  One session each day is dedicated to writing as a composers’ ensemble. CoMA course participants have variously described the course as providing an ‘amazing time’, offering ‘great feedback’ and ‘unique opportunities for collaboration’, and as an ‘inspiring’ way to kick off the New Year. Past composition tutors have included Tansy Davies, Gerald Barry, Sally Beamish, Philip Cashian, Alasdair Nicolson and Andrew Toovey. There are a range of accommodation options and bursaries for full-time students