Weekly Update 8th June
Weekly Update 8th June

We hope that you are all remaining safe and well.

We’re here to keep you up to speed with all the news from Coda Music Trust and music content for you to enjoy.


Thank you to everybody who joined us for our fabulous Livestream gig on Friday where some well-loved 80s songs were given Vivienne Kirk’s unique piano treatment.

She was wonderful – and raised an absolutely brilliant £410 for Coda! Thank you, Vivienne.

We have now raised over £3000 from our Live Stream events – thanks to your generosity!

If you missed Vivienne’s live stream, it is well worth catching-up with and you can now watch it on Coda’s YouTube channel click here

You can now also see all of our previous Facebook Live gigs from Ruth & Megan, Hayley & Paul, Stephen, Jonny, Owain, Guy and James as well as The Gramophone Hour hosted by Stuart on the Coda YouTube channel click here

***Please subscribe to our YouTube channel so that you can stay informed when new content is uploaded*** 

This Friday 12th June, we are excited to present the fabulous James Lerouge (also known as James Arthur), who will be performing for us again – this time on the Ukulele.

Join James for a really fun and lively good old fashioned ukulele sing song.

James and his Dad have been singing in the streets every Thursday, as part of the NHS clap for carers. Joined by a regular group of neighbours, this has had a fantastic response from the community and has become a regular gig throughout the lockdown.

Expect a wide range of songs from the 20, 50s & 60s right through to modern day, as well as some raucous numbers, including a tribute to Little Richard.

James will be joined with guest vocals from his Dad, who absolutely loves to sing along to the oldies. Expect some really bad Dad jokes thrown in for good measure, and a lot of slightly off-centre humour, it’s the only way to start your weekend!

Join us online on Friday 12th June at 7pm
on facebook.com/CodaMusicTrust/
and support us through the ‘donate’ button on our Facebook Live stream.

Looking ahead to next week, on Friday 19th June, our Livestream gig will be with Matthew Fairman who will be treating us to a Piano recital.


Last week, Stuart Jebbitt led our first Beautiful Sounds session on Zoom. It was a great success (and something of a learning curve), but a perfect pilot to get us ready for our first full 40 minute session tomorrow.

Each week, we will upload the full sessions to Coda’s YouTube channel and website so that they can be accessed by all of our adult learning disabled clients to enjoy. The new Beautiful Sounds Online webpage will not only host the sessions, but will be the place to find lots of other resources for the Beautiful Sounds community, including specially recorded singalong videos.

You can see a short clip of the first session on YouTube click here 

Or on our new Beautiful Sounds Online webpage click here 


Tomorrow (Tuesday), we will be piloting our very first online Kids Ukulele Band session with James Arthur and, on Wednesday, Stuart Jebbitt will be hosting the inaugural Coda Ukulele Band Zoom social.

We continue to monitor Government guidelines to inform what Coda is realistically able to offer. As most staff remain on the Government Furlough scheme, this does presently limit our ability to provide tuition, although we are investigating all of the ways in which this can safely be delivered in the future. Coda is currently working with a skeleton team, so your understanding is appreciated whilst we try to navigate the balance of demand for lessons with the need to ensure the complete safety of both staff and students.


Stuart is back this week with a new play-along for Guitar and Ukulele.
Enjoy Episode Ten: Sea Of Heartbreak click here


For anyone interested in developing a better understanding of The Blues, the Open University are currently offering their Discovering Music: The Blues course free of charge.

This free course will introduce you to a musical tradition with roots in the nineteenth century but which is still relevant to making music today. You will learn about how the lyrics of blues songs reflect the social environment in which they were created, and about the musical techniques that underpin the structures of blues songs. You do not need to play an instrument, to sing or have any prior musical knowledge to be able to complete this course.

This is a Level 1 Introductory course requiring approximately 6 hours of study.

To find out more click here 


Arguably one of the world’s most talented musicians, composers, bandleaders, broadcasters and national treasure, Jools Holland is now adding ‘Tutor’ to his CV.

While many of us remain at home, Jools is providing fun, free piano lessons to those stuck for some inspiration. Taking the very basics of boogie-woogie piano, Jools is breaking down various musical techniques for everybody – from complete novice upwards.

Even those without a keyboard can still take part as Jools suggests: “If you don’t have a piano, get Dad’s shirt or Mum’s tablecloth when they are not looking and draw piano keys on it and practice silently.”

Jools is uploading these to his InstagramYoutube and Facebook pages, saying “We are all struggling being confined to home so if anybody wants to learn a new skill, this is the time to do it! Music is so uplifting and thanks to the internet and the generosity of people around the globe, budding musicians have never been in a better position to pick up the basics of pretty much every instrument and I would like to pass on some of my passion for the piano and hope that some of it rubs off.”


As part of its free content for parents during Covid-19, Minute of Listening is offering a brand new collection of free minutes.

This eclectic new collection of 60 curated minutes for you to explore takes the road less travelled to bring you little-known or previously ignored figures of musical history, alongside generous contributions by artists from Sound and Music’s New Voices Programme and more.

To find out more click here


This week, our piano tutor Carol Davies’ mum turns 88 and Carol’s family have recorded a musical message for her.

Her daughters and five grandsons all recorded videos, which were then edited by Carol’s two sons and their partners – what a talented bunch.

To see the finished result click here – Happy Birthday, Marie!


We would love to hear from you if you have any content that you might like to share with the Coda community. Please email marina.tucker@coda.org.uk  with news or links.


Don’t forget, alongside our Facebook Live Fundraisers and Just Giving (www.justgiving.com/codamusictrust), you can support Coda through Amazon Smile – it won’t cost you a penny and works brilliantly if you are shopping online! 

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices and shopping features as Amazon.co.uk The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the net purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. Millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations to charities by Amazon. For more information, visit https://smile.amazon.co.uk/about.

Have a great week, stay safe and we’ll be back next week with more news, play-alongs and events for you to enjoy!