Weekly Update: 1st June
Weekly Update: 1st June

Pinch, punch!  It’s the first of June and we hope that you are all remaining safe and well and continuing to enjoy the beautiful weather.

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


Thank you to everybody who joined us for our fabulous Livestream gig from Megan & Ruth (of Scuttleshake) on Friday.

They were BRILLIANT! And raised an absolutely astonishing £600 for Coda! Thank you SO much, Megan & Ruth.

We have now raised over £2600 from our Live Stream events – thanks to your generosity!

If you missed Megan & Ruth’s live stream, it is well worth catching-up with and you can now watch it on Coda’s YouTube channel click here

You can now also see all of our previous Facebook Live gigs from Hayley & Paul, Stephen, Jonny, Owain, Guy and James as well as The Gramophone Hour hosted by Stuart on the Coda YouTube channel click here

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

This Friday 5th June, we are excited to present our fabulous, much-loved Piano tutor Vivienne Kirk, who will be performing for us.

Join us for an 80s Lounge Hour, where Vivienne will be giving some well-loved 80s songs her unique piano treatment.

According to Vivienne “the 80s are sometimes seen as a musically barren landscape, but I disagree. Rather than straight covers, I like to think I will be ‘reupholstering’ some 80s favourites. I will be finding the Chaise Longues of songs with which to furnish my 80s lounge and I hope you will join me for some improvisations and piano creations based around some well-known 80s classics!”

Join us online on Friday 5th June 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 12th June, our Livestream gig will be with James Lerouge who, this time, will be treating us to a Ukulele extravaganza (and may feature an appearance from his dad!).


This week, we are beginning to pilot some new online music provision.

Starting tomorrow, we are holding our first weekly Beautiful Sounds session on Zoom with Stuart Jebbitt. These sessions will be attended by a small group of clients and support workers (on rotation each week), but will recorded and uploaded to our website so that they can be accessed by all of our adult learning disabled clients to enjoy each week.

If you are a member of our Kids Ukulele Band, look out for an email soon, as we will be inviting you try out group Zoom sessions with James Arthur. Our first Kids Ukulele Band trial will take place on Tuesday 9th June at 4.30pm – and, if successful, will become a regular, weekly session.

For our adult Coda Ukulele Band, Stuart has been providing regular resources, including strum-alongs and accompanying chord sheets but, to supplement this, he will be hosting a social evening for the group via Zoom.

Stuart will be sending you an invitation to meet virtually: it will be a chance to chat and a great opportunity to catch-up with some of the Ukulele Band ‘alumni’ who have moved away, and find out how they are doing. For those who fancy it, there will be an opportunity to do a ‘turn’ (sing a song, play an instrumental, read a poem).


Bitesize is the BBCs free online study support resource to help students aged 6 to 16 years with their coursework, homework and exam preparation. The site provides “bitesized” interactive content, video and audio and is continually reviewed to keep up with the curriculum.

Recently, Bitesize has extended its Music offer to Key Stage 3, with topics from composing your first track to improving performance technique. It balances traditional learning with contemporary music culture and is a great resource for anyone studying music. To access the Bitesize Music page click here


With so many children and young people still in isolation, ‘Sing Up At Home’ is a fantastic resource to ensure that everybody is still able to experience the benefits of singing at home.
Music and singing are incredibly powerful, and can help support us in so many ways – emotionally, physically and intellectually.

‘Sing Up’ plan to add new resources regularly, so keep checking back! To explore all of their free resources to keep kids learning and singing outside of school click here


The Manatees are a four piece indie pop band from the south coast, featuring Jay Harris, James Brearley, James Mille and former Coda student Tyler Bloor (far right).

Recently, they have performed for the special BBC Music Introducing Solent At Home sessions.

To see their song ‘Guilty Pleasures’ for the BBC click here 


Whilst on lockdown, we are continuing to draw the winners for our lottery, but currently unable to send out the winners cheques.

Just to assure you, we will send these all out to you as soon as we are able!
In the meantime, the Lottery Winners for April are as follows:

1st Prize Julie Dodd (£29), 2nd Prize Jan Whattingham and 3rd Prize Nick Filbee


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 news or 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!