A reminder that next week (w/c 27th May) is half term. We’ll be back on Monday 3rd June for the final half term of the academic year.


From 1st June, we welcome our new Creative Programme Director, Heidi Steller, who will be working with Coda 3 days a week, managing and developing all of the arts activities (for both our learning and wellbeing programmes).

Heidi is an artist who leads workshops in schools and community settings, as well as designing and running workshops for theatre and creating sculptures and large-scale artworks for festivals. As if that wasn’t enough, she is also a visiting tutor at the Arts University Bournemouth.

Inspired by the light and colour of the natural world around us, Heidi’s own art plays with light, music and our emotional response to our surroundings.

As a freelancer, Heidi has been working with us for some time while the development has been taking shape. She has made this role her own, confirming herself to be a completely natural fit for Coda, so we are delighted to welcome her to the team!


Delivered by local Art Facilitators and designed to support mental health in adults, Coda’s Creative Wellbeing sessions are free, open-studio style drop-in groups which offer a range of creative activities.

To provide support to our Art Facilitators and help us with our Creative Wellbeing sessions, we are actively seeking volunteers for:
Fordingbridge, every other Wednesday, 10am – 12pm &
New Milton on Wednesdays 10am – 12pm

If you are empathetic, with an interest in art, creativity and an awareness of their impact on health and wellbeing – and would be interested in volunteering – we would love to hear from you!

CODA CAFÉWe would love to support our current volunteers, who have been managing the Coda café brilliantly for quite a while, with an extra volunteer who could step in during those times they are unavailable.

We are looking for a volunteer who could occasionally help us out (sometimes at short notice) in our Café on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday afternoon between 3pm and 6pm 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 in a welcoming and sociable environment.

Can you help us to maintain our outside area by sweeping and clearing pathways, maintaining existing pots and plants and planting new flowers/plants/saplings/shrubs when required? We are looking for a volunteer to assist us in keeping our outside space looking welcoming.

All volunteer roles receive full induction training and expenses (up to £10) covered. To find out more about the Creative Wellbeing volunteer role, please contact martin@coda.org.uk or call 07999 492808. If you are interested in the cafe or garden volunteer role, please email contact@coda.org.uk or tel 01425 276161


We are absolutely delighted to have been chosen (for the eighth year running) as a partner charity for the wonderful End Of The Road Festival.

The festival will be supporting Coda through guest-list donations and has now raised over £10,000 for the charity in the years since the partnership began.

We are so grateful that End Of The Road choose to support us in this way. Guests are always incredibly generous and the contributions genuinely help Coda to make a difference to those in need of our help.

Thanks to support from EOTR, this year we are running DJ training sessions for young adults with learning disabilities alongside some music workshops for neuro-divergent young people, which will allow them meet and play music together.

End of the Road takes place from 29th August – 1st September 2024 at Larmer Tree Gardens.

To find out more about this fabulous festival, visit the website: endoftheroadfestival.com


We are also delighted to be the nominated charity for Mudeford Arts Festival this year. We are hugely grateful for their support and will be using any funds raised for arts activities to support older people with dementia.

Mudeford Arts Festival is a community arts, crafts and music festival which showcases artists and artisans through demonstrations and exhibitions, supported by a wide range of homemade food and refreshments with music, dance and entertainment by local performers.

It will be taking place on 27th & 28th July on Mudeford Quay Green and has FREE entry. Please go along to support the festival (and Coda!).

To find out more about Mudeford Arts Festival click here 


To complement our new building development, we will be launching a new-look website in the next few months. The new website will reflect all aspects of Coda Music and Arts Trust in a more cohesive way than the existing site, which has served us well for almost a decade, but does not fully reflect the organisation we have now become!

We would like to extend enormous thanks to James and Kelly of The Onle Network who are working with us to create the new site and who are so kindly giving their time and expertise free of cost. We are so appreciative of their skills and generosity.

Are you a Drummer looking for an opportunity to play as part of a group Our Jazz Ensemble is currently looking for a drummer.
The ensemble runs on Tuesdays 7.30 – 9.30pm at Coda and provides an opportunity to play together, with the intention of expanding confidence, sight-reading ability, technique and musical expression.
Whilst aimed at adults with an ability level of Grade 3-5, we would welcome more experienced players who may be interested in joining to enjoy the band experience.
The sessions are led by Andy Blee and are £8 per session (paid termly) but anyone interested would be welcome to come along for a free trial.
If you would like to join or find out more, contact us on contact@coda.org.uk or 01425 276161


Over the last few weeks, our brilliant Memory Band have been ‘on tour’, visiting residential care homes across the local area. We recently shared the lovely feedback we received from Avon View, St Annes and The Gatehouse and have subsequently been sent these lovely comments and images from Linden House:

“Our residents and staff alike thoroughly enjoyed the Coda musical performance. It was lively, joyful and upbeat. Residents were singing along and smiling, it was so nice to see the music uplift their spirits. The band members were friendly and played with enthusiasm. We would definitely like to have the band come to perform here again. Keep up the fantastic work!” 

Thank you to all the members of the Memory Band for your time, commitment and enthusiasm and to NFU Mutual for supporting this work with older people in our local community.


Trinity exams will take place at Coda Music and Arts Centre on Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th July.


ARE YOU (OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW) LOOKING TO LEARN? We are currently welcoming some new one-to-one students, so if you are thinking about learning – or would like to go back to an instrument – please get in touch! We currently have spaces available for Violin lessons on a Thursday with our highly qualified and experienced violin tutor, Matthew Fairman. You can find out more about Matthew here: coda.org.uk/team/matthew-fairman

We also have availability for Woodwind tuition on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon/evening with our brilliant Woodwind tutor Jacqui Khan, who – as well as teaching Flute, Clarinet and all the orchestral woodwind instruments, also teaches recorder and penny whistle – you can find out more about Jacqui here: coda.org.uk/team/jacqui-khan

We offer 20 minute taster sessions for just £5 (subject to availability) for instrumental tuition – please get in touch if you would like to arrange a trial lesson. If you would like to find out more, contact us on contact@coda.org.uk or 01425 276161

Enjoy a relaxing half term break. We look forward to seeing you back on Monday 3rd June.