Welcome back for the second half of Summer Term
Welcome back for the second half of Summer Term
We hope you had an enjoyable half term break.
It’s just seven weeks until the Summer holidays, but we have a busy half term ahead before we break up for Summer on 23rd July.
THANK YOUThank you to everybody who came along to The Amberwood Inn on Thursday for the Jubilee Music Quiz – we hope you enjoyed it. Congratulations to all of the winners, especially our first prize winners ‘Pointless’ who won the cash prize – and very kindly donated it back to Coda!Also a big thank you to everybody who donated raffle prizes – it was hugely appreciated and helped us to raise £150 from the raffle – which, when added to the £200 raised from ticket sales, means that we raised a fantastic £350 from the evening. Finally, huge thanks to Gill and John at The Amberwood for hosting us – and for generously supporting Coda over the past few years. We wish you both a happy and relaxing retirement.

JUBILEE BANDSTo celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Coda created two new multi-instrumental ‘Jubilee Bands’: The Jubilee Jam Band and The Jubilee Folk Orc. These volunteer musicians have been out and about in the community performing at residential care homes, disability day care centres, hospices and special schools across the area – including Park Manor, Seabourne and Zetland Court care homes, Forest Holme Hospice, Linwood Special School, Shelley Park Neuro Care Centre and Christchurch Hospital Macmillan Unit. Huge thanks to our Jubilee Band volunteers and leaders Stuart and Chris, who have been brilliant – fully immersing themselves in the Jubilee spirit and bringing music to some of the most vulnerable in the community – especially those who have had little opportunity over the last couple of years to enjoy live music. Thank you also to all the care homes, hospices and schools for welcoming us – we have received some lovely feedback, including this from Forest Holme Hospice: “Everyone at Forest Holme has been really touched by the Jubilee Folk Orc visiting to play in the hospice garden. It’s these special moments that really mean something to both the patients and their families, many of whom personally came out to thank them for their fantastic performance.”  CODA UKULELE BAND PLAYS FOR FRENCH VISITORSWell done to the Coda Ukulele band who played at the beautiful Rhinefield House Hotel for French visitors from Cantelou (twinned with New Milton) as part of an event for the New Milton Twinning Association. Both French and English guests really enjoyed it! 

CODA CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT PLANSCoda’s capital development project aims to create a truly inclusive and accessible centre for cultural and creative activity, enabling Coda to diversify services and build further engagement with the local community. We are thrilled that our development project has been awarded £340,000 by Arts Council England as part of their Capital Investment Programme and we are working hard to make this vision come to life.If you would like to know more about Coda’s capital development project, click here to read more on Coda’s website, where you can also sign up to receive more information about the project as it develops over the coming months.PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES Our next performance evenings will take place on Friday 24th June and Friday 15th July. Please let us know if you would like to be involved – there is a sign up sheet in the Coda cafe for Night of Voices – or let your tutor or the Coda office know (01425 276161 or email contact@coda.org.uk)NIGHT OF VOICESFRIDAY 24th JUNE7 – 9pm in THE CODA SOCIAL FREE event Led by Amelia & Jane Wright, this Night of Voices is for any students who would like to sing (to a backing track). ACOUSTIC NIGHT FRIDAY 15th JULY7 – 9pm in THE CODA SOCIAL FREE event Led by Jonny Vernam, this Acoustic Evening is for students wishing to play/perform a non-classical song or piece in any genre. These evenings provide a lovely opportunity to perform in front of a relaxed, welcoming audience. They are also open for anyone who would like to come along, listen, enjoy and support the performers. These are FREE events. THE CODA BLUES ORCHESTRAMondays 7.30pm-9.30pmStarting Monday 6th Juneat Coda Music Centre £8 PAYG Led by Chris Hopgood The Coda Blues Orchestra is a new addition to Monday nights and will be a chance to explore some of the greatest blues music ever written in a brand new way.We are looking for guitarists, bass players, drummers, harmonica players, brass players, mandolin players and even fiddle players to learn and play a selection of classic blues tracks from artists such as Albert King, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and more.If you are interested in joining our Blues Orchestra, please contact the Coda office on  01425 276161 or email contact@coda.org.uk  CLUB CREATE AT CODA Our Friday ‘Club Create’ in partnership with hArt is proving very popular and we wanted to share some more of the fantastic artwork that has been created during these sessions.    These arts and crafts sessions for learning disabled adults are fun, active workshops led by professional art facilitator Karen Blake.

Sessions take place in Coda Music Centre’s Café on a Friday morning from 10.30am to 12pm throughout term time and we are still welcoming newcomers. Email contact@hart.works or telephone 07999 492808 if you would like to come along. … and for learning disabled adults who enjoy arts and crafts, don’t forget we also have sessions at Forest Arts each Wednesday as part of our BE CREATIVE workshops – designed to encourage learning disabled adults of all abilities to get involved in activities in their community – alongside Drama in Ringwood on Thursdays with Forest Forge and Music with Coda in Lyndhurst every Friday morning (full details below):DRAMA with Forest Forge Theatre: Thursdays 2pm to 4pm,weekly at Forest Forge Theatre, Endeavour Business Park, Crow Arch Lane, Ringwood BH24 1SF

ARTS & CRAFTS with hArt: Wednesdays 10am to 12pm, weekly at Forest Arts Centre, Old Milton Rd, New Milton, Hampshire BH25 6DS

MUSIC with Coda Music Trust: Fridays 10.30am – 12pm, weekly at Lyndhurst Community Centre, Main Car Park, Lyndhurst SO43 7NY

All are only £5 per session with free parking and fully accessible venues.

Please help us to spread the word and if you would like further information or to book onto any of these sessions, please contact Coda on 01425 276161 or email contact@coda.org.uk 

We hope you enjoy the remainder of the term and look forward to seeing you on-site or at one of our events over the coming weeks.