Be Part of the Future of Music

Do you love new music? Do you enjoy playing an instrument or singing? Then join Hebrides Ensemble for a weekend of inspiring and surprising music-making in this unique celebration of the UK’s flourishing new music culture. As part of the Contemporary Music for All 2018 Festival, you will have the chance to rehearse and perform alongside Hebrides Ensemble musicians led by conductor and Hebrides Ensemble’s Artistic Director, William Conway and Violinist, James Clark.
Applications to take part in the weekend are invited from all instrumentalists and singers aged 16 or over and of grade 5 standard or above. The repertoire will include a new commission by Nigel Osborne for orchestra and choir and Nigel will join us for the world premiere performance of his new work. You can be part of it! All music will be available to prepare in advance.
Dates: Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th March 2018

Times: Saturday 3rd 10:00-13:00, 14:00-17:00; Sunday 4th 10:30-13:00, 14:00 -16:30, Concert 17:00-18:00

Venue: Stewart’s Melville College, Queensferry Road, Edinburgh EH4 3EZ

Fee: £45 full price, £25 unemployed, disability and student

An application form is available to download here


Come and listen to the participants of our Contemporary Music for All Festival event performing alongside Hebrides Ensemble players conducted by William Conway. The concert will feature the world premiere of a new work by Nigel Osborne, specially commissioned for this festival.

Sunday 4 March @ 5.00pm 

Stewart’s Melville College, Queensferry Road, Edinburgh EH4 3EZ

Tickets: Suggested donation of £6.00


Innovation and determination are at the heart of contemporary music-making and for over a decade, CoMA has been doing just that – spearheading a new movement to help contemporary music reach new audiences through its ground-breaking Open Score project. Working directly with composers, they have created a rich library of innovative, flexibly-scored works playable by ensembles of all shapes and sizes, which now includes over 1,000 new works composed especially for the organisation. As Scotland’s foremost contemporary music ensemble, it’s an initiative that Hebrides Ensemble is proud to be involved with and we are delighted to announce that we will be flying the flag for Scotland at the 2018 CoMA Festival. 

Taking place over the weekend of 3rd and 4th March 2018 in cities across the UK and in Europe, the Festival will bring together new music-makers of all kinds, from amateur instrumentalists and community music organisations to professional orchestras including London Sinfonietta and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Join us as we celebrate and explore CoMA’s vast catalogue of repertoire, taking a selection of scores written specifically for flexible ensemble as the building blocks of our concert programme. This is an initiative that challenges the traditional relationship between composer, conductor and performer – a truly collective form of music-making.