End of Summer Term Newsletter
End of Summer Term Newsletter

Just a reminder that this is the last week of term and Coda Summer Term ends this Friday 21st July


So that we can continue to expand and improve our programme of learning and activities at Coda, we are carrying out a very short survey for attendees of our groups and courses. If you attend one of our current ensembles, you should already have received a link to our satisfaction survey. If you have not received or completed the survey, we would really welcome your feedback (please note – this satisfaction survey is not for individual tuition!).

To complete the survey, please click here 

If you attend multiple groups, it would be appreciated if you can do a separate survey for each. Thank you for taking the time to respond, we really appreciate it!

We plan a larger survey in the Autumn, so that everyone has an opportunity provide feedback on all aspects of Coda and to help us shape the future of Coda Music & Arts Trust. 


Wednesdays 2.30 – 3.30pm
Starting Wednesday 13th September 
in The Piano Room, Coda Music Centre
Cost £100 for 10 week course
Following the success of our previous courses, we will be running a new adult (16+) ‘Piano For Beginners’ course after the Summer break.
These sessions will take place on a Wednesday afternoon from 2.30 – 3.30pm, starting Wednesday 13th September and will be led by Vivienne Kirk.
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.
The cost of the course is £100 and places are limited as we have just 5 spaces available. 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.


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 from September: 

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.”

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 next term to assist 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! 



You may have already noticed a few small changes around the car park over the last few weeks, as the space is being cleared for upcoming works. From the end of term, groundwork for our car park and barn development will begin. 

The capital development barn conversion project is due to be completed in March 2024, but the work on the car park and driveway is planned for completion by the start of the Autumn Term. This means that when you return in September, you will already see some very noticeable changes! 

The expansion will create a unique facility where Coda can provide a broader range of creative arts therapy and health services and enable Coda to grow into a centre for creativity of all kinds.



hArt, which is in the process of merging with Coda Music Trust, is delighted to have been chosen as Charity of the Year by the new Mayor of Lymington and Pennington, Councillor Jack Davies.

hArt uses creative therapies to support the mental health of people of all ages and abilities across the New Forest, supports traditional mental health services at a time of crisis and helps to meet the needs of people experiencing loneliness, anxiety, depression and lack of confidence.

The charity continues its regular work in Lymington and Pennington and with the support of the Mayor, will also deliver a new Arts on Prescription programme in Pennington this Autumn in addition to continuing its weekly Creative Wellbeing sessions at St Mark’s Church Hall.   

hArt founder and trustee, Annie Jeffery, said “We are delighted to receive the support of the Mayor for our work with people in Lymington and Pennington, and look forward an exciting and productive year ahead.”


This year, NFU Mutual allocated a £1.92 million national fund to support local frontline charities and, to ensure the fund is distributed across the UK, invited local charity nominations to receive a share of this fund. 

This week, Coda was delighted to receive a donation of £6443 after being nominated by NFU Mutual New Forest, Isle of Wight and Bournemouth. These funds will be used to support the re-starting of Coda’s work with older people in residential care, which was suspended during the pandemic. 

We are extremely grateful for NFU Mutual’s support and generous contribution and we look forward to re-establishing our award-winning work with older people. 



Congratulations to the Coda Fiddle Orchestra, who performed as a cinema orchestra on 24th June, accompanying the film ‘Red Turtle,’ a wordless animated fable which follows the fortunes of a shipwrecked man on an island. 

The CFO provided live music accompaniment, alongside members of the public, who provided additional sound effects, to create the sounds of an island forest, scuttling beach creatures, baby turtles and seabirds. 

This was a completely sold-out event with the Cabinet Of Living Cinema at the Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe.



From 25th – 27th July, Folio, the consortium of arts and heritage organisations based in the New Forest (including Coda, Forest Forge, St Barbe Museum and Gallery, The New Forest Heritage Centre, Forest Arts Centre, SPUD, Hangar Farm and hArt), will be playing a huge part in the Culture In Common programme at this year’s New Forest Show. 

Over the three days, Folio will be delivering a variety of creative activities for you to enjoy, so please visit our area (opposite the public entrance) to see what we are up to. 


On Thursday 27th July, Coda will be on-site providing Ukulele Workshops (led by James Arthur), craft sessions (led by Karen Blake) and live performances from some of our talented students. 
Max Elmore will be performing at 11-11.30am & again at 12 – 12.30pm and 
Louisa Baynes will be performing from 1-1.30pm & 2 – 2.30pm

If you are visiting the show, please come and find us, join in with our Ukulele workshops and support our fabulous performers. We look forward to seeing you there! 


Our Art Facilitator, Rachael, recently attended the Young Carer’s Festival, organised by Fairthorne Manor YMCA. 

Rachael ran a ‘graffiti wall’ stand, where all the young carers were able to add their name to a canvas in a graffiti tag style, as well as express what it means to them to be a young carer. 

The YMCA have produced a lovely video from the event – to see the video click here 


Congratulations to all of our students who took part in the latest round of exams. Once again, we are delighted to report a 100% pass rate with many High Merits! 



Congratulations to Stephen Kenyon, who sight-read his way to an incredible 94% in a Grade 5 Trinity exam, as part of the tutor fundraising exam challenge. As modest as ever, Stephen simply commented that the examiner had been ‘too kind!’

Congratulations also to Jacqui Khan, who achieved a Distinction in her Trinity Grade 6 Clarinet exam (her 3rd instrument!), also as part of the exam challenge to raise awareness and money for the Coda Bursary Scheme.

One more intrepid Coda tutor, Jonny, also stepped outside his comfort zone to take the Grade 8 Rock guitar exam (he already has Grade 8 Acoustic Guitar) but is still awaiting his results. We will provide an update as soon as we have it!

Huge thanks to all three for being such good sports and undertaking this challenge – and thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Bursary scheme, raising around £250 (so far). Every penny supports students who may have difficulty in affording the full cost of lessons or therapy sessions.

If you would like to donate to our Bursary fund or see some of the lovely messages left for our tutors on the Just Giving page, please visit:


Invoices for the Autumn Term will be sent out mid-August. These have not yet been generated, so will not be available before the end of term, but will be emailed or sent to you once registers for next term have been finalised. 

We hope that you will wish to continue with tuition in September, but if you do not intend to return for lessons in the Autumn Term, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can offer your space to students on our waiting lists. 

We hope you all enjoy a sunny, restful and relaxing Summer holiday and look forward to welcoming you all back for the Autumn Term on Monday 4th September