Coda Christmas Newsletter
Coda Christmas Newsletter

A reminder that our last day of Autumn Term is Saturday 18th December & Spring Term starts on Tuesday 4th January 2022.

We would like to wish our Coda community a very happy festive season and extend our sincere thanks for your loyalty and goodwill throughout the year.


As a little thank you for your ongoing support, this year some of our groups, ensembles, students and tutors have volunteered to perform some Christmas tunes (and be filmed by our friend Todd at Todd Clark Creative) for us to share with you.

We will be sharing these on Facebook over the coming days and weeks and on our YouTube channel on a specially created Christmas 2021 playlist.

You may have already seen ‘Jingle Bells’ from our fabulous Kids Ukulele Band, a performance which perfectly captures the excitement of the festive season and ‘Sleigh Ride’ played beautifully by Stephen Kenyon… and coming up, you will be able to enjoy performances from Jonny Vernam, Guy Gardner (& Sally Perry), Folk Orc, Rusty Rockers, Coda Ukulele Band and more from the Coda Kids Ukulele Band and Stephen Kenyon.

Click here to see our YouTube playlist and keep checking back as more performances will be added between now and the new year!


2022 marks 25 years since Coda Music Trust was formally constituted!

This 25th anniversary is a fantastic opportunity to bring our staff, supporters and community together to reflect on how we have enriched lives over the past 25 years… and to look towards the next 25 years.

Across the year, we will be celebrating with a series of events and activities beginning, in January, with an exhibition of work by Stuart Jebbitt in the Coda Social café (full details below).

We hope that you will join with us as we share memories and present our vision for the future of Coda.


An Exhibition of Artworks by Stuart Jebbitt

From 7th January 2022 in the Coda Social Café

Many of you will know our amazing music leader Stuart – but you may not know that, as well as being a great musician, he is also a talented artist!

During the pandemic, Stuart rediscovered his love of art and, in his own words:
“over lockdown, when Coda music centre was closed and I had no students or gigs, I returned to my love of drawing and painting (many years ago, in a previous lifetime, I attended various Art schools: Farnham, Maidstone and Chelsea).
Initially I made a lot of landscape paintings, whilst listening to all kinds of music. This led me to think about what I could do for Coda. Coda is a charity, and a cause that I very much believe in, and it was very frustrating not being able to contribute anything whilst we were closed. Hence this series of drawings.”

You can see some of Stuart’s other artwork on his website

This series of drawings “The Musical Masters” will be on display in our cafe in the new year. Please come in and and take a look.

If you are interested in purchasing any of the drawings, these will be available for a donation of £80 to Coda Music Trust.


Please help us to help others this Christmas by joining The CODA LOTTERY

The Covid pandemic has affected our local community in so many different ways: either through loss of earnings or adverse affects on health or mental health.

Following the reopening of the Music Centre, we have received an unprecedented number of applications for bursaries. The Coda Music Trust bursary scheme subsidises the cost of music therapy and tuition for those in financial difficulty.

The bursary scheme is primarily funded through the Coda Lucky Lottery – please consider joining!

This Christmas, you could help us to support those unable to afford the full cost of lessons or music therapy sessions by joining our lottery. It costs just £2 per month (£24 to join the scheme for one year) and you have the chance to win a cash prize each month. The more people that join the Lottery, the bigger the cash prizes – and the more people we are able to support with Bursaries.

Pick up a lottery application from Coda or download one from our website here.

Fill out and return the form, with your payment, and keep your fingers crossed for the result of the monthly draw – there could be a cheque on the way to you! Just one win will pay back your investment, but more importantly, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing someone will be benefitting from a Bursary thanks to you joining the scheme.

Thank you, as always, for your support and generosity. 

KNOW ANYONE WHO IS LOOKING TO LEARN? One-to-one Tuition returns on Tuesday 4th January and we have availability for both instrumental and vocal tuition in the Spring Term. If you are thinking about learning an instrument – or would you like to go back to an instrument – we are welcoming new students. We offer 20 minute taster sessions for just £5 (subject to availability) in vocal and instrumental tuition – please get in touch if you would like to arrange a trial lesson.

We wish you a relaxing festive break and look forward to welcoming you back in the New Year!