End of Spring Term Newsletter
End of Spring Term Newsletter

Just a reminder that this is the last week of the Spring Term.
Coda’s term ends on Saturday 1st April and the Summer Term starts on Monday 17th April. 


Oh what a night! On Friday 17th March, we held a Party Night for all of our adult learning disabled friends and their carers. We were positively overcome by how many of you joined us and by the fantastic response to the event. 

Thank you to Hoburne Holiday Park in Bashley for their fantastic venue, to DJ Retro (of the Mix It Up Kru) for his DJ sets which had everybody on the dancefloor and to Stuart & Chas and Dog Ruff for their live music sets – the event was an overwhelming success. 

Our friend Todd Clark (of Todd Clark Creative) has produced this fantastic short video which, we think, perfectly captures the essence of the evening click here to watch

We are already in discussions about another Party Night in the Autumn Term, so keep an eye on our website and social media for all of our news and upcoming events. 

Tuesdays 7:30 – 8:30pm
£100 for a 10-week course

The Piano Room, Coda Music Centre 

Adult Beginners Piano is a 10-week course specifically designed for beginners with no prior knowledge of music.

The course introduces the basics of playing the piano and the foundations for learning to read music and understanding the theory of music.

This course will be a practical programme of learning to play, interspersed with discussion and exercises developing knowledge of how to understand and read music.

It is intended that this course will develop the skills and techniques needed to play beginners piano music and gain a solid foundation in basic theory of music. It should also increase your confidence and provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to then graduate to an ‘Improvers’ piano course or one-to-one tuition, should you wish to progress further.

The cost of the course is £100 and places are limited as we have just 5 spaces available. This course takes place at Coda Music Centre: Chewton Farm Road, Walkford, Christchurch BH23 5QL

If you are interested in a place on this course, please contact Coda as soon as possible on 01425 276161 or email contact@coda.org.uk to guarantee your place. Your place on the course is only confirmed once payment has been made. 

This term, Coda composer and workshop leader, Sam Mason, led a project in local schools as part of our work with the Music Hub for BCP.

The Night project took place in 5 special education schools across BCP: Linwood, Montacute, Portfield, Winchelsea, and Victoria Education Centre, with each school working alongside Sam to compose their own musical responses to the theme of ‘Night’ as well as learning to sing and sign the classic jazz standard ‘Blue Moon.’ 

The project was filmed and documented and you can see the results in this uplifting video clip click here 


Beautiful Sounds sessions are Coda’s weekly music workshops for adults with learning difficulties, led by music leaders Chris Hopgood (Mondays) and Stuart Jebbitt (Tuesdays & Thursdays).
Whether you have kindly volunteered for us previously or would like to volunteer with us for the first time, we are looking for people to help us with our Monday & Tuesday sessions: 

Monday   10.00am – 12.30pm (at Coda Music Centre)
Tuesday  10.00am – 12.30pm (at Coda Music Centre) 

(The actual sessions run 10.30am – 12pm but we would like help with setting-up and clearing-away).

Our Monday sessions are quieter and more acoustic and our Tuesday (& Thursday) sessions are a bit louder and livelier! All of them are really fulfilling for participants, carers and volunteers – you can get a flavour of Beautiful Sounds from this clip click here 
Jan, a regular volunteer for Beautiful Sounds, said this about her experience: “For a few hours every week I enjoy the company of a group of wonderfully diverse individuals whose enthusiasm and joy is infectious. I am a volunteer and together we make music.”
We are also looking for a volunteer to help us out in our Café on a Monday or Tuesday afternoon between 3pm and 6pm.

Full induction and Barista training will be provided.

This would be an ideal volunteer role for a young local person looking for some experience in a friendly café setting. Or for a retired volunteer, as it’s a welcoming and sociable environment.

Volunteers need to be dependable, as we do rely on their attendance once committed but, in return for volunteering, we offer full induction and training, the opportunity to meet lots of lovely people, make new friends and work in a unique, friendly environment.

If you would like to know more – or if you would be interested in helping us out and giving up a couple of hours each week to assist in our cafe or with a Beautiful Sounds session – please get in touch.

Contact Coda on 01425 276 161 or email contact@coda.org.uk
or you can visit our website here to download a volunteer form, which you can complete and return to Coda. 

We look forward to hearing from you! 

Throughout April, our friends at spudWORKS are offering a wide-range of creative workshops, including fun, interactive crafts for mums & babies and pre-schoolers through to drawing and creative writing workshops for 11-16 year olds. Some of the content created in these workshops will then be added to an exhibition which will run at spudWORKS from 3rd – 26th April. 

There will be something for everyone to get creative with – or you can just pop in to see the exhibition. To find out more or to book onto the Easter workshops, visit www.spud.org.uk/motopia

For weekly dance class for people with MS at Forest Arts 

Forest Arts have received funding to deliver a Dance for MS project. The class requires a live musician to work with the dance artists to run the class.

This is a paid opportunity and will likely be 6 weeks and may suit someone just starting out in the carer who wants to develop their skills, or someone who is retired and may find this session fun!

Full details below. If interested, please get in touch with 

We hope that you all enjoy a relaxing Easter break and look forward to welcoming you back for the Summer Term.