Half Term Reminder & News
Half Term Reminder & News

Just a reminder week commencing 30th May is half term, so there will be no one-to-one tuition, groups or ensembles during that week!We’re back on Monday 6th June for the second half of Summer Term. On the first day back, we kick-off our brand new Monday night group – the Coda Blues Orchestra, plus new courses will be starting during the first week – there’s still time to sign-up. Also, don’t forget – we have some lovely opportunities to perform, plus our social Jubilee music quiz! Full details below. JUBILEE MUSIC QUIZ at THE AMBERWOOD INN         The Amberwood Inn will be holding a Jubilee Music Quiz in support of Coda Music Trust this Thursday 26th May.As this year marks 25 years of Coda, as well as the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the quiz will feature questions with a Jubilee or anniversary theme.Tickets are £5, which will include the quiz, nibbles and a raffle ticket and are available to buy directly from The Amberwood Inn. There will be a cash prize for the winning team. We can’t guarantee spaces on the door on the night, so please purchase your tickets in advance, as this also helps The Amberwood to know expected numbers.You can either pop in or contact them directly on 01425 272627.We look forward to seeing you there!RAFFLE PRIZESWe are in need of a few more raffle prizes for our Jubilee Quiz. If anyone is able to donate a raffle prize, this would be hugely appreciated. Wine, chocolates, unwanted gifts, etc are all welcome. Thank you for your generosity!NEW COURSES STARTING AFTER HALF TERMBEGINNERS 5-STRING BANJO Wednesdays 1.30-3pmstarting Wednesday 8th June£90 for a 6 week course at Coda Music CentreLed by Chris HopgoodWhat could be more perfect for the Summer than lying back in your hammock and picking away on a banjo? The 5-string banjo is one of the most recognisable sounds of American folk music, as well as becoming popular in popular music and rock music, it is a far more versatile instrument than it is often given credit for.This six week course will introduce you to the basics of American style 5-string banjo. You will be learning some basic tunes, chord shapes and rolls. Other topics covered will also include accompanying songs, left hand technique and frailing.The course will be taught in Open-G tuning (if you don’t know what that means, don’t worry, it too will be covered on the course). We do have a couple of Banjos which can be used for the sessions, so let us know when you book if you need to borrow one. SONGWRITING TOOLBOXThursdays 1.30 – 3pmStarting Thursday 9th June£90 for 6 week courseat Coda Music CentreLed by Chris Hopgood This 6 week course is designed to provide all the tools you need to start writing your own songs. It will provide hands-on support for anyone wishing to develop songwriting skills and learn more about the craft of composing.This is not about writing the next hit song but more focused on giving you ideas and ‘tools’ to help you express yourself though songwriting.The course will cover the types of song you may write, understanding chord structures, how to write lyrics, melodies and how modern technology also plays a part in the process.You will be given exercises to test out different ways of writing a song to allow you to find the way that works for you.It doesn’t matter what instrument you play, this is about creativity and making your music your own!If you are interested in either of these new courses, please contact the Coda office on 01425 276161 or email contact@coda.org.ukPERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES Thank you to everyone who came along to our Classical Evening: to Stephen for hosting, to everyone who played and those who came along to support them. It was the first one in a very long while and lovely to be able to hold these once again.Our next performance evenings will take place on Friday 24th June and Friday 15th July. Full details below. Please let us know if you would like to be involved. NIGHT OF VOICESFRIDAY 24th JUNE7 – 9pm in THE CODA SOCIAL FREE event Led by Amelia & Jane Wright, this Night of Voices is for any students who would like to sing (to a backing track). ACOUSTIC NIGHT FRIDAY 15th JULY7 – 9pm in THE CODA SOCIAL FREE event Led by Jonny Vernam, this Acoustic Evening is for students wishing to play/perform a non-classical song or piece in any genre. All of these evenings provide a lovely opportunity to perform in front of a relaxed, welcoming audience. They are also open for anyone who would like to come along, listen, enjoy and support the performers. These are FREE events. If you would enjoy performing at one of these evenings, or would benefit from the opportunity to play in front of a friendly audience, we would encourage you to speak to your tutor so they can let us know – or contact the Coda office on 01425 276161 or email contact@coda.org.ukBRAND NEW FOR MONDAY NIGHTS: THE CODA BLUES ORCHESTRAMondays 7.30pm-9.30pmStarting Monday 6th Juneat Coda Music Centre £8 PAYG Led by Chris Hopgood The Coda Blues Orchestra is a new addition to Monday nights and will be a chance to explore some of the greatest blues music ever written in a brand new way.We are looking for guitarists, bass players, drummers, harmonica players, brass players, mandolin players and even fiddle players to learn and play a selection of classic blues tracks from artists such as Albert King, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and more.You will be given parts to play and there may be some swapping and turn taking depending on numbers. (i.e. we only have space for 1 drummer at a time). If you are interested in joining our Blues Orchestra, please contact the Coda office on  01425 276161 or email contact@coda.org.ukROOM TO REWARD Room to Reward is a unique volunteer-recognition charity created to say ‘thank you’ to the Hidden Heroes – inspirational volunteers who give up their time to make a difference to those who need it most. Successful nominees receive a complimentary stay in a hotel of their choice. We were delighted last week to be able to recognise some of our ‘Hidden Heroes’ by awarding them with a well-earned break! Maxine volunteers for our Beautiful Sounds sessions, assisting with all aspects of the workshops and – most importantly – helping our clients to participate. Max is a ray of sunshine and loved by all of the Beautiful Sounds participants and carers. Her bright and sunny disposition and positive outlook is infectious and we feel very lucky to have her as a volunteer at Coda. Shani has been a loyal member of the Coda community for many years and has been a committed volunteer at Coda for a long time, helping us out in many different roles. Shani has a heart of gold and her generous nature means that she has often been our ‘go-to’ volunteer whenever we are in need of emergency or extra help. She has stepped in for us on so many occasions when needed and is deeply appreciated by everyone at Coda. Stuart Jebbit was nominated for a Pandemic Hero award for all the work he did throughout the Covid-19 pandemic to bring music to elderly people in care. Stuart worked tirelessly over lockdown, volunteering many long hours to create clips for the ‘Gramophone Time’ project, researching the songs and era to include in the clips – as well as recording the series of videos from his home – and doing all of this because he recognises that music is a great way of helping to care for the elderly and support those with dementia. Thank you to Room For Reward for providing this great way for us to show our volunteers how much they are appreciated and for their commitment and loyalty to be recognised and rewarded. CONGRATULATIONSHuge congratulations to Chris Hopgood on his marriage to Tanya this month. We wish you both every happiness together.  We hope you all enjoy a relaxing half term break and look forward to seeing you back for the second half of the Summer term.