Weekly Update 22nd June
Weekly Update 22nd June

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 provide music content for you to enjoy.


Apologies to everybody who joined us for our Livestream gig on Friday only for it to be cut prematurely short – we experienced a few technical difficulties!

A big thank you to Matthew who tried gallantly to get back online, but to no avail. We enjoyed almost half an hour of his planned recital, which was lovely, before the gremlins kicked-in, and Matthew has very kindly offered to play a fundraiser for Coda in person as soon as it’s possible to play in front of a ‘real life’ audience.

Despite this little hiccup, we have still raised an incredible £3125 from our Live Stream events – thanks to your generosity.

If you missed Matthew’s (slightly shorter than planned) live stream, 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 Vivienne, Ruth & Megan, Hayley & Paul, Stephen, Jonny, Owain, Guy and James (x2) 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 26th June, for our final Friday gig, we are excited to present the incomparable Chris Hopgood. 

Chris is our multi-talented tutor, teaching Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele and Bass, as well as leading the superb Folk Orc.

His playing style is rooted deeply in both his love of blues and traditional British folk music.

Chris will be playing “a mix of self-penned songs and instrumentals on guitar as well as unique arrangements of traditional music and the occasional cover thrown in for good measure!”

Join us online on Friday 26th June at 7pm
on facebook.com/CodaMusicTrust/
and support us through the ‘donate’ button on our Facebook Live stream.

This gig with Chris will be our last Facebook Live event, as we plan to take a break during July and August. Our focus in the coming months will be on preparing for a return in the Autumn Term and investigating all of the ways in which tuition can be delivered, ensuring the complete safety of both staff and students.


Last week, Stuart Jebbitt led our second full length Beautiful Sounds session on Zoom, with an ‘Only Fools & Horses / Cockney’ theme. This is now available on Coda’s YouTube channel and website so that it can be accessed by all of our adult learning disabled clients to enjoy.

After last week’s session, we received some really lovely feedback from Sarah, one of the participants, who said: “Thank you for supporting the Stuart Jebbitt sessions, it is so nice to get together online and sing and shake things again. It has been really helpful for me as I’m missing my social things and this is a great way to carry on until this is over”

This week, the Zoom session has a Cake theme.

Our Beautiful Sounds Online webpage hosts the sessions, plus lots of other resources for the Beautiful Sounds community, including specially recorded singalong videos.
All of these sessions can be accessed via our ‘Beautiful Sounds’ playlist on YouTube click here 
Or on our Beautiful Sounds Online webpage click here 


Our Kids Ukulele Band sessions with James Arthur are proving very popular and growing in numbers each week. Kids Ukulele Band students – keep an eye on your emails for the Zoom details for tomorrow’s session!


Last week, Kimberley Moss hosted Coda’s very first online Health & Happiness Choir Zoom session.

The session went really well – the choir did some warm ups, technical exercises, sang a couple of the group’s favourite songs and, of course, there was lots of chatting!

We had some lovely feedback from Rita, one of the choir members, who said:
“It was so lovely to see everyone and I so enjoyed singing again too. I have never used Zoom before, but it all worked well. Do hope it will continue until we can all be together again in reality!”

Choir members, keep an eye on your emails for this weeks login details, which will be with you before the end of Wednesday in time for Thursday’s session.


The wonderful Stuart is back again this week with a brand new play-along for Guitar and Ukulele.
Enjoy Episode Twelve: Bonfire Heart click here


Music for Dementia has launched an Internet radio station for people living with dementia and their carers. M4d Radio is free to listeners and available 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

The group of five radio stations, which have been compiled through focus group research and feedback, are designed to follow the rhythm of the day from waking to bedtime and through the night.

Listeners can tune into the mix station or one of four further stations playing music by decade from the 1930s to the 1970s. The mix station is specifically designed for care homes, providing a mix from across the decades, suitable for larger groups to enjoy listening to together.

The launch is supported by Lauren Laverne, Music for Dementia’s ambassador, who says: “We all instinctively know how music can help connect us to others, but for people living with dementia, music provides a lifeline. When words fail, music has the power to reach people emotionally and in many cases trigger memories. M4d Radio is a vital resource that aims to stop those living with dementia feeling isolated, especially during these unprecedented times.”

To access M4D Radio click here


Coda’s series of YouTube sessions, also designed to engage and entertain older people at home or in care, continues to grow. You can now see all four episodes presented by Stuart Jebbitt, plus the original Gramophone Hour, on the Coda YouTube channel ‘Gramophone Time’ playlist click here 


Calling all little (and big) kids at home! You are invited to join the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for a virtual musical ride through the music of Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Dvořák and Bizet.

Travel around the World and discover the stories behind some of the greatest classical works:
Visit Russia, and explore Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker’, venture from the Czech Republic to the United States of America with Dvořák’s Ninth Symphony, ‘From the New World’, travel to Germany and explore the music of one of the giants of composition: Beethoven – and venture from France to Spain to explore Bizet’s most famous Opera, ‘Carmen.’

Learn how to make your own instruments and get ready to jam along with educator Karen Kyriakou and musicians from the MSO with these 20-minute online music sessions designed to help keep the little ones entertained and engaged.

Click here to find out more.


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!