Weekly Update 29th June
Weekly Update 29th June

We hope that you are all remaining safe and well.

A message from Phil:

With just two weeks remaining of our scheduled Summer term from the point at which the Government are advising that facilities like Coda Music Centre may re-open (4th July), we have made the decision to cancel the whole Summer term and focus instead on making Coda safe for the Autumn. 

We have made our decision based on consultation with our students, staff and the Trustees of the Charity and, with the risk from the virus remaining very real, we believe it is in the best interests of everyone that the Centre remain closed until September.

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.

We are currently working hard to pilot an online lesson service and to trial protocols for face-to-face lessons at Coda Music Centre in order to offer safe and secure one-to-one music lessons both online and on-site from 7th September 2020.   

We will be in touch by email before the 30th July to begin the process of booking one-to-one lessons for the Autumn term and with information on our offers for Coda’s groups, ensembles and courses. 

In the meantime, please be aware we are operating with a skeleton staff and any enquiries may take a little longer than usual to respond to.

We very much hope to welcome you back to making music with us again in September.

In the meantime, 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.


An enormous Thank You to Chris Hopgood for his Facebook gig on Friday and to everybody who tuned-in.

Chris played us “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!”

Unfortunately, the donate button wasn’t visible on the Live Stream, but thanks to all of those who sought out the donate button on the test stream and those who donated via our Just Giving page, we raised a further £120.

If you weren’t able to donate on Friday but would still like to thank Chris for his fabulous gig and support Coda, you can always donate via our Just Giving page: www.justgiving.com/codamusictrust

We have raised (at least) an incredible £3245 from our Live Stream events – thanks to your generosity.

If you missed Chris’  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 Matthew, 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 gig with Chris was our last Facebook Live event, as we will now be taking 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.


We’re delighted that our application for the Co-op Members’ Coronavirus Fund has been successful and we will receive a payment of £500 to help us deliver vital support to the community.

We were invited to apply to this Coronvirus Emergency Fund as a previous recipient of funds from the Co-op Community Fund. This £500 will help to support all of the work we are doing generating new online resources and delivering some of our groups and ensembles online.

A huge thank you to the Co-op, who said “You’re obviously doing amazing things to support your community!”


Last week, Stuart Jebbitt led our third full length Beautiful Sounds session on Zoom, with a ‘Cookery’ 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.

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 


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


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


You can now enjoy a full video recording of Stephen Kenyon’s “A Celtic Collection” for classical guitar on YouTube click here 

Over the coming weeks, MUSIC MARK is revisiting its booklet 10 Things Schools Should Know About Music and releasing articles on each of the key benefits, now more relevant than ever.

In the first article, they highlight how an early start in music often results in music becoming a life-long passion. This gift is precious whether students go on to pursue careers in the music profession or not, as skills acquired from learning music can feed into everyday life, even during unprecedented times.

To read the full article click here 


Coda is playing its own part in supporting music-making in the early years and, during lockdown, Sam Mason has been creating teaching resources for 23 teachers from infant schools in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and writing a series of songs with hundreds of children from Years 1 and 2, over the internet!

This work is part of Coda’s strategic programme of teacher training through INSET sessions, year round mentoring and the delivery of model projects over the past 3 years, developed with the support of the Local Music Hub and Soundstorm.

Mudeford Infant School were reportedly:
brimming with praise for the impact you have had on the school this year!


You can help to support 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! 
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Have a great week, stay safe and we’ll be back with our final weekly update next Monday before we take a break for the Summer.