Who we are


Deborah Edwards Deborah Broderick Edwards (born 1942, USA) studied piano during her school years and at university. She moved to London in 1969. Her works have been performed in the UK and the USA. She has written for a wide range of instrumental groupings, from solo piano and small ensembles to full chamber ensemble, songs and choral works, recently experimenting with electronics. She is currently working with the artist Paula Newbery and poet Marjorie Lazaro.
Derek Foster Derek Foster (born 1943) studied composition at Morley College evening classes (with Birtwistle, Gilbert, Wood, & Daiken) and piano privately with Keith Burrows. He later gained his BMus from Goldsmiths College, where he studied composition with Tim Ewers. He also plays vibraphone and has for many years played in a duo with composer/pianist Anthony Green. He has written for orchestra, choir, and ensembles, recently for the combination of brass quintet and organ.
Kerry Andrews Kerry Andrews is a visual artist, sound artist and composer who has exhibited continuously since 1983 in Britain, Europe, the USA, Australia and China.


GUEST MEMBERS – 18 May 2019

Jerry Wigens Jerry Wigens is a composer who produces works in fixed and open forms. He plays guitars and clarinets and is also interested in improvised musical activity of all kinds.
Sally Davies Sally Davies is a singer and choral director as well as a composer, arranger and instrumentalist. She directs two choirs in London, the Wing-It Singers and the Cecil Sharp House Choir for whom she has arranged many British Folk Songs. She also performs regularly with the duo Bow and Bellows and with Davies & Daughters a family a cappella trio. She writes music for theatre, most recently commissions from the Bath Literary Festival and the Bristol Festival of Ideas.
Assaf Fleischmann Assaf Fleischmann was born near Tel Aviv in Israel and has been resident in Berlin, Germany since 2001. He has a degree in jazz studies from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. His interest in improvisation began at a very early age but it was studying under pianist Anat Fort that really opened up the possibilities of improvisation. Assaf has also studied jazz intensively under pianist Reggie Moore and classical improvisation under Prof. Peter Jarchow in Berlin. Since moving to Berlin, he has collaborated with other musicians in the fields of improvised music and jazz, performing in Berlin, Hamburg, London and Tel Aviv.



Paul Burnell Paul Burnell (born 1960, Ystrad, South Wales) is a composer and musician based in London. He studied music at Dartington College of Arts, Exeter University and Royal Holloway College. After a ten-year break from music he turned to composition in the 1990s and has since received commissions from CoMA, the Bath International Music Festival, Inchcholm New Music Ensemble in Scotland, and the Yorkshire Late Starters Strings. His most recent album is ‘Face Each Aged Ache’.
Karen Burnell Karen Burnell started playing the tenor horn in brass bands as a teenager and now likes to mix this traditional brass music with new and contemporary repertoire. She is always willing to try and experiment with new styles of music and performance.
Ann Woolf Ann Wolff (1924 – 2014) attended the Royal College of Art as a mature student, studying film and subsequently working in TV as a Producer of Arts programmes. After a spell of teaching and writing fiction, she followed her interest in music, working at the London Musicians Collective and playing with varied groups, which led to her joining CoMA and developing her work as a composer. Read a short biography of Ann here.



Ilze Ikze Ilze Ikse is a flautist based in London. She is also part of Kammer Klang – a series of live music events at Café Oto, presenting curated programmes of new contemporary classical, experimental music.
Daniel Figols Daniel Figols-Cuevas was born in Barcelona in 1980. Cellist and physicist, he is currently finishing a PhD in composition in King’s College
Janet Oates Janet Oates is a composer, performer and director. She has a PhD in composition from Royal Holloway, University of London, and is active in many composer and performance groups around London.
Phil Durrant Phil Durrant (born near London in 1957) is an improviser/composer/sound artist who has devised his own virtual performance instruments using Reaktor. As a violinist (and member of the Butcher/Russell/Durrant trio), he was one of the key exponents of the “group voice approach” style of improvised music. Durrant currently uses a modular synth system and performs regularly with the acoustic/electronic group Trio Sowari and Mark Wastell’s The Seen.