We hope that you are all remaining safe and well.

We’re here to keep you up to speed with all the news from Coda Music Trust and music content for you to enjoy.

As the Government restrictions begin to change over the coming months, this opens up a few more opportunities for us to provide more virtual teaching and online content both for individuals and groups.

In addition, we are investigating ways in which we can safely start to deliver one-to-one teaching in person again in the future, with the necessary measures in place.

We would love to know your thoughts on timescales for this and it will help us to plan ahead if you could answer a short survey for us.


Please click here to answer a couple of short questions about Coda’s future offer and plans for reopening.

Thank you for taking the time to respond to our survey, your feedback is really important and will help us to understand your preferences for how we should approach the coming months.


Thank you to everybody who joined us for our outstanding Livestream Classical Guitar Recital from Stephen Kenyon on Friday.

It was really beautiful and raised an absolutely incredible £520 for Coda!

We have now raised over £1720 from our Live Stream events – thanks to your generosity!

If you missed Stephen’s live stream, you can now see it on Coda’s YouTube channel click here where you can now also see all of our previous Facebook Live gigs from Jonny, Owain, Guy and James as well as The Gramophone Hour hosted by Stuart.

Please subscribe to our YouTube channel so that you can stay informed when new content is uploaded. 

This Friday 22nd May, we are excited to welcome back our friends Hayley & Paul, who will be performing as The Coasters Band.

Hayley & Paul will be bringing you a Friday evening serving of soulful sounds straight from their dining room. They’ll be playing soul, reggae, country, jazz and blues classics and might even throw in a couple of original tunes.

If you would like a little taster of what to expect, here are a couple of little clips to enjoy:

Just The Two Of Us click here 

For Your Love (a Hayley & Paul original!) click here

Join us online on Friday 22nd May at 7pm 
on facebook.com/CodaMusicTrust/
and support us through the ‘donate’ button on our Facebook Live stream.

Looking ahead to next week, on Friday 29th May, our Livestream gig will be with Megan and Ruth of SCUTTLESHAKE. 


On Thursday 14th May, we celebrated 10 years of The Folk Orc!

To mark the occasion, Chris Hopgood posted the footage from the 10th Anniversary Gig to YouTube.

To watch the fabulous 10th year celebratory Folk Orc gig click here 


Stuart has been really busy this week – as well as continuing to film fantastic self-Isolation play-alongs for Guitar and Ukulele, he has also recorded a Ukulele Tutorial and a fantastic, interactive i-spy style song for adults with learning disabilities called ‘The Walking Song’  – you can see them all below.

Guitar & Ukulele Strum-along Episode Eight: The Marrow Song click here

Ukulele Tutorial for La Cumparsita click here 

‘The Walking Song’  click here 


Eurovision may have been cancelled this weekend, but Coronavision took place on Saturday night from sitting rooms all around UK.

All songs were new and original, and we’re delighted to announce, our fabulous friend-of-Coda Lorna Rees only went and won – coming 1st out of the 27 entries!

Lorna said “The song is inspired by trying to date during social distancing and early 90s Tricolore text-books. Our French teacher decided the most important question we must learn to ask French language speakers was ‘what is the date of your birthday’. Most lessons for at least a year seemed to be on this phrase. It seemed perversely even more important to her than learning to ask ‘what’s your name?’, ‘there’s an emergency, where can I get help?’, or ‘can I have three beers please? I represented Canada on the ‘reverse Dion’ technicality – the famous Canadian and fashion icon Celine Dion having won for Switzerland in 1988, I, a European, lent Canada my voice.”

To see the fantastic winning entry “Quelle est la date de ton anniversaire?” click here 


This week (18th – 23rd May) is Mental Health Awareness Week.

While necessary to prevent the spread of this highly contagious virus, lockdown is depriving many people of the things that they need to stay well, from peer support groups to the routine of work and social engagements.

Of course we’re not suggesting that music is the complete answer, but it can be a source of pleasure and contentment with many other psychological benefits as well.

Click here to read an article about the many benefits of music for mental health, including reducing stress and improving mood.


With many families finding themselves spending a lot of time at home, music is an essential part of staying healthy in our bodies and minds, and an essential part of children’s learning and development.

Nordoff Robbins music therapists have created a series of fun, short musical videos with The Clangers to get young children of all abilities to connect through music.

Using objects from around the home, these songs show young children that you don’t need instruments to make music – you can perform them using homemade instruments, movement, body percussion and voice.

You can see all of the songs so far, including ‘The Cutlery Song’ and ‘Let’s Go Finding Sounds’ on the On Stage At Home webpage click here 


We would love to hear from you if you have any content that you might like to share with the Coda community. Please email marina.tucker@coda.org.uk  with links.


Don’t forget, alongside our Facebook Live Fundraisers and Just Giving (www.justgiving.com/codamusictrust), you can support Coda through Amazon Smile – it won’t cost you a penny and works brilliantly if you are shopping online! 

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices and shopping features as Amazon.co.uk The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the net purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. Millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations to charities by Amazon. For more information, visit https://smile.amazon.co.uk/about.

Have a great week, stay safe and we’ll be back next week with more news, play-alongs and events for you to enjoy!