Just a reminder that it is half term, so there are no lessons, groups or courses this week (w/c 13th February).
We are back on Monday 20th February for the start of the second half of Spring Term.

After a short time away, Stuart Jebbitt will be returning to Coda after half term to lead Rusty Rockers, our Tuesday & Thursday sessions of Beautiful Sounds and the Wednesday evening Coda Ukulele Band. Enormous thanks to Chris Hopgood, who stepped-in to cover sessions in Stuart’s absence. Stuart has been much missed and we are all looking forward to having him back!
Stuart and The Coda Ukulele Band will also be performing a gig at The White Hart in Lymington on 18th February in support of Oakhaven Hospice, which provides specialist palliative care and support to those facing life-limiting illness. This is in memory of Tony Carey, who was a much-loved member of the Ukulele Band here at Coda.

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

The project, called ‘Night,’ has taken 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.’

Students have composed songs and instrumental pieces with Sam, which they will perform for their peers, family and friends in performances from the end of January through to mid-February. The composition topics have been amazingly creative with song titles ranging from ‘Midnight Feast,’ ‘Restless Nightmares’ and ‘Stars and Planets’ to ‘Drifting the Dreams to Sleep.
Alongside these creative compositions, each class has learned to sing and sign the classic jazz standard ‘Blue Moon’ and will be joined in their performances by a professional jazz trio playing alongside the students and introducing them to Jazz music.
The students have all created some fantastic music and are very excited to share their new compositions and perform with professional musicians. The project is being filmed and documented and we look forward to sharing this with you in the near future.


On Friday 17th March, we are inviting all of our adult learning disabled friends and their carers to a PARTY NIGHT from 7 – 10pm at Hoburne Bashley Holiday Park.
We will be welcoming everyone from our Beautiful Sounds, ‘Get Creative’ music, drama & craft sessions and Club Create.
Full details are still being confirmed, but entertainment will include live music from Stuart Jebbitt and Dog Ruff (plus more to be announced).
The venue is fully accessible with free parking and there will be a bar, dancefloor and free nibbles.

The event is open to any adult with a learning disability, to celebrate coming together, to enjoy some great live music and to have fun!
Tickets will be just £1 and available from Coda Music Centre or from your session leaders very soon.


NEW EXHIBITION: “Works In Progress” by Heidi Stellar
You may have seen, we now have a brand new exhibition in the Coda café, by Heidi Stellar. These striking artworks have been created over the last 18 months in the Coda barn, recording some of its beauty before the planned development.
Heidi says these paintings are “a response to the unique atmosphere felt within the walls of the Barn.”
Please do visit the café to enjoy this new exhibition, find out more about Heidi’s inspiration for them and see these beautiful artworks up-close.

Our thanks to Pete and Lynda of The John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation, who recently presented Coda with a generous £4000 donation in support of our Boscombe-based community ensemble, the Coda Fiddle Orchestra. 
The John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation is a fantastic supporter of this project and this contribution will fund scholarships for young fiddle orchestra players over the coming year. 


As the threat of Covid-19 recedes, we have begun to receive several requests for musicians to visit and play in residential care homes for older people and, with your assistance, we would love to offer some help.

Would you be willing to visit a care home to play some music? Are you already in a group who might volunteer or play for a donation or small fee? If you would be interested in representing Coda by going into local residential care homes to play music for the residents, then please contact us on:
01425 276161 or contact@coda.org.uk 

Thank you!

Coda Music Trust is now registered with easyfundraising,

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If you’d like to know more, click here to see easyfundraising explained in 60 seconds. 

These donations will help SO MUCH, so please sign up to support us. It’s completely FREE and doesn’t take long – it just means that over 7,000 brands will now donate to us every time you use easyfundraising to shop with them.

To shop now and start raising money for Coda click here 

Thank you! 

Thank you so much to all of our supporters, who donated and helped us to achieve our fundraising target for the new Creative Wellbeing Studio. Crowdfunder have now confirmed that we will receive all of these donations very soon along with Sovereign Housing’s match-funding plus Gift Aid!  

This will take us to over £20,000 for a new Creative Wellbeing Studio, which will be a key element of our larger capital development project and will specifically support the wellbeing of local people through creativity, craft and art therapy.


Yet again, there are signs up advising that Chewton Farm Road is closed. Please ignore them. Despite these temporary road closure signs, Coda Music Centre remains open – and access is possible and will be provided at all times.


From 22nd February, our partners at hArt will be running a brand new Adult Creative Wellbeing Programme in New Milton. 

These free sessions will run on a Wednesday from 10am – 12pm (except on the first Wednesday of each month) at New Milton Community Centre. 

This is a free service to local adults – hArt even provide all of the art materials. They just ask that you let them know if you plan to come along so that they have an idea of numbers attending. Full details below. 


A new charity called Changing Key Dorset has been formed to provide financial assistance to young musicians across Dorset.

Applications for funding from Changing Key are welcomed from any young musician educated across Dorset (including the wider BCP area) and the funding can be used to support a variety of musical activities provided by private or public providers.

Funding awards are for up to £300 per year and last for three consecutive academic terms. There is, however, a deadline for applications of 15th February, so don’t delay!

For more details visit the Changing Key website: changingkeydorset.co.uk

Coda also offers a bursary scheme, which is funded through the Coda Lucky Lottery and donations. This also supports local people of all abilities facing challenging circumstances with the cost of their musical activities and helps people to unlock their potential through music. 

Please consider joining our Lottery to support Coda’s bursary scheme – you can pick up an application from Coda Music Centre or download one from our website here.

We hope that you all enjoy your half term break and look forward to seeing you back for the second half of the Spring Term.