This term, three of our amazing Coda tutors have decided to challenge themselves, musically, to raise money for Coda. 

Stephen Kenyon has entered himself for the Grade 5 Trinity Classical Guitar exam in June.

You might think that Grade 5 will be a breeze for someone as experienced and talented as Stephen … but there’s a catch!
His fellow Coda tutors will be picking his pieces for him ON THE DAY so he will be SIGHT READING them in the exam!

Stephen got the idea from an old colleague, an organist, who entered himself for Grade 5 piano as a sponsored exam – with his staff choosing his piano pieces just prior to the exam for him to sight read!

In addition, Jonny Vernam has entered himself for the Grade 8 Rock Guitar examination. Jonny already has Grade 8 in Acoustic Guitar, but the Rock guitar exam is a different beast and with a devilishly short space of time to prepare, we are all keen to see how it goes!

And finally, Jacqui Khan, who already has Grade 8 in TWO other instruments,has entered herself for Grade 6 Clarinet in June (33 years after taking her Grade 5 exam!). This is Jacqui’s THIRD study/instrument – and she has agreed to share her results with us.

All three of our brave and brilliant tutors have decided to challenge themselves publicly in order to raise some money for the Coda Bursary Fund. 

They would love you to sponsor and encourage them in their respective challenges. Coda is committed to providing access to music for everyone and, through our bursary scheme, we provide financial support towards the cost of tuition and therapy to those in financial need. So please support our tutors’ endeavours if you can – and leave them an encouraging message on the ‘Just Giving’ noticeboard.
You can donate here:  justgiving.com/campaign/CodaBursaries

Every penny is appreciated – especially in the current financial climate when we are receiving an unprecedented number of applications for bursaries at Coda Music and Arts Trust.

Please wish our tutors the best with their exams and we’ll share their progress and results with you over the coming weeks.