We hope that you are all remaining safe and well.
As we approach what would have been the end of our Summer Term, we will be taking a break from our weekly updates to focus instead on making Coda safe for the Autumn.
Important information about lessons and the reopening of the Centre will still be communicated via email, so please keep an eye on your inbox over the coming weeks.
In the meantime, we continue to build our online programme of activities and hope you will take advantage of these free resources until we re-open the Centre.
Thank you so much to all of our wonderful musicians who supported Coda by performing for our Friday night Facebook gigs and to everybody who watched and donated. These gigs have been instrumental in keeping us all connected and have provided vital financial support to Coda through lockdown. We raised in excess of £3300 (some donations are still coming in!) from our Live Stream events, thanks to your incredible generosity.
If you missed any of the performances, you can now also see ALL of our Facebook Live gigs on the Coda YouTube channel click here
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GOODBYE TO DEB
We are incredibly sad to be saying Goodbye to our wonderful Admin superstar, Deb, who has decided she will be leaving Coda to spend more quality time at home with her lovely husband Mark and Sully the dog.
We are so grateful to Deb for all of her amazing support over the last few years and for tackling Coda’s daily challenges with such patience and skill.
We have Deb until the end of August, but we’re sure, like us, you will all be very sad to see her go.
They will be very big shoes to fill, but we will be looking to recruit a new part-time Administrator in the coming weeks to work in our office alongside the wonderful Amie McAndrew.
Should you be interested in joining the team, please keep an eye on our social media channels and website for a full job description and details of how to apply.
BEAUTIFUL SOUNDS ONLINE
Our online Beautiful Sounds sessions continue. Last week, Stuart Jebbitt led our fourth full length session on Zoom, with a ‘Holiday’ theme and this week’s theme will be ‘Sport.’
These sessions will extend through the Summer and will be made available on Coda’s YouTube channel and website each week to be accessed by all of our adult learning disabled clients to enjoy.
GUITAR & UKULELE PLAY-ALONG
Stuart is back again this week with a brand new play-along for Guitar and Ukulele.
Enjoy Episode Fourteen: Marguerita Time click here
All of Stuarts play-alongs so far will be uploaded to the Coda YouTube channel over the coming weeks and more will be added as Stuart produces them so that they are available for everyone to access, so keep checking back.
We will alsobe adding to Coda’s series of YouTube sessions, designed to engage and entertain older people at home or in care over the Summer and you will be able to see all of the episodes, presented by Stuart Jebbitt, plus the original Gramophone Hour, on the Coda YouTube channel ‘Gramophone Time’ playlist click here
EARLY YEARS MUSIC-MAKING WITH CODA
Sam Mason has been writing a series of songs with children from local schools in Years 1 & 2 over the internet, based on the themes of leaving to go to Primary school and the story ‘Where The Wild Things Are.’
Some of the children have been sending in lyrics and pictures to fit the themes and we particularly love this fantastic picture of the ‘Wild Things’ drawn by a student from St. Clements & St. Johns School in Boscombe.
SUPPORTING CODA MUSIC TRUST
Thank you to everyone who has supported Coda over the past few months with donations. Put simply, this has allowed the organisation to survive over the lockdown period so far, and to create a whole new programme of free online activities.
We want to ensure that Coda Music Trust can continue to provide music for everyone in our community well into the future and we hope you will continue to support us in whatever ways you are able.
You can donate to Coda via our Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/codamusictrust
You can also support us by using AmazonSmile – it won’t cost you a penny and works brilliantly if you are shopping online!
For more information, visit https://smile.amazon.co.uk/about.
THE CODA GARDEN
During lockdown, our wonderful volunteers Jan and Rachel have continued to tend the gardens at Coda. We are so grateful to them for giving their time so generously to create and maintain such a beautiful outside space for the music centre.
Rachel even made good use of the warm weather to play the Dulcimer for a socially distanced audience!
Jan and Rachel tell us “The Roses, Sunflowers and Daisies in the garden at Coda send you all good wishes for a happy Summer break. They have missed you being here and look forward to us all meeting again before too long.”
We would like to echo the sentiment – we miss you all and look forward to seeing many of you (safely) either at the music centre, or virtually via the internet, in the Autumn Term.
We will be in touch by email before the 30th July to begin the process of booking one-to-one lessons and with information on our offers for Coda’s groups, ensembles and courses.
In the meantime, please be aware that we are operating with a skeleton staff and responses to any enquiries may take a little longer than usual.
Enjoy the rest of the Summer and we very much hope to welcome you back to making music with us again in September.