Half Term Newsletter
Half Term Newsletter

A reminder that next week (w/c 29th May) is Half Term, so there will be no instrumental lessons, classes or workshops. 


Our phone line has a temporary fault but, until further notice, we can be reached on 01425 276121.

Apologies if you have been trying to contact us – we are working on getting this fixed as soon as possible. In the meantime please use the alternative number above or email us on the office email: contact@coda.org.uk

Thank you for your patience while we resolve the issue.



A big thank you to Stuart Jebbitt and the Coda Ukulele Band, who played the Everton Village Fete over the Coronation weekend, raising a fantastic £116 for Coda.

According to the organisers “they were really good and got the crowd going even in the rain.” 

Great work all of you! 


Stuart Jebbitt is not available for Beautiful Sounds at Hordle on Thursday 15th June, so this session is now cancelled. 



Huge thanks to everyone who has already sponsored our tutors in their exam challenge. We have, so far, raised over £130 for Coda’s Bursary Scheme.

A reminder that this term, three of our amazing Coda tutors: Stephen Kenyon, Jacqui Khan & Jonny Vernam are challenging themselves to raise money for Coda. 

Stephen has entered himself for the Grade 5 Trinity Classical Guitar exam in June but his pieces will be picked for him on the day so he will be sight reading them in the exam! Jonny has entered the Grade 8 Rock Guitar examination (he already has Grade 8 Acoustic Guitar), but has only a short space of time to prepare. And Jacqui (who already has Grade 8 in TWO other instruments),has entered herself for Grade 6 Clarinet (her THIRD study/instrument).

All three are challenging themselves publicly in order to raise money for the Coda Bursary Fund, which provides financial support towards the cost of tuition and therapy to those in financial need.

Here are a few of the lovely messages of support:

“Wishing you all best wishes on your brave & exciting challenges”

“An impressive challenge for a great cause. Well done and good luck to all.”

“Good luck guys, it’s a wonderful thing you are doing and wishing you every success.”

Please show your support for our tutors and wish them the best with their exams. We’ll be sharing their results with you over the coming weeks. 

You can donate here:  justgiving.com/campaign/CodaBursaries

Thank you – every penny is appreciated.

A reminder that Trinity exams will be taking place the weekend of the 10th & 11th June.



hArt’s ‘Arts on Prescription’ in Hythe has just a few weeks of the programme left. Participants have really enjoyed and benefitted from the sessions but, when it finishes, there is still the option of weekly ‘Creative Wellbeing’ sessions every Tuesday morning, just across the road at Hythe & Dibden Community centre.

This Hythe Creative Wellbeing course, along with the other regular sessions which run in New Milton, Pennington and Fordingbridge, is free and open to all adults. You can find out more on this link:

hArt’s work with children and young people also continues with one-to-one Child Art Therapy taking place in a number schools across the area, as well as a new group for Children and Young people which has just started in Lymington, in conjunction with Hampshire County Council. 

These programmes of work, although currently hArt programmes, will all continue under our new partnership as Coda Music and Arts Trust.



For anyone who enjoys a good laugh, the annual New Forest Comedy Festival returns this year from 27th May – 17th June. 

The Comedy Festival is one of the first initiatives of the Culture In Common project and comes as a result of asking people across the New Forest what is missing in their locality. 

Showcasing the very best in UK comedy, the festival features a huge selection of acts, providing something for everyone, and will also include open mic events, workshops and an array of activities for all ages to enjoy.

For more details, visit newforestcomedyfestival.com

Coda is working closely with Culture in Common to build opportunities for local people to take part in creative activities and together we will be inviting you to contribute your ideas in the coming months, so look out for more news. 

We hope that you all enjoy a relaxing half term break and we look forward to welcoming you back for the second half of the Summer Term on Monday 5th June.