Welcome Back & Happy Halloween!
Welcome Back & Happy Halloween!

Welcome back to the second half of Autumn Term. We hope you enjoyed your half term break and your Halloween is full of treats! 


Coda has called this old farm on the edge of the New Forest and Dorset our home since 2005 and, bit-by-bit, we have converted many of the old farm buildings into wonderful spaces for our local community to learn and play music.

As part of a major capital development project in 2023, we are trying to transform one of our barns into a wonderful new studio for art therapy, workshops and courses – a place for people to learn new skills and focus on their health and wellbeing through making art. 

We have already secured some funding toward our capital development project from Arts Council England, New Forest District Council, local Trusts and some individual donors, but we still need help!

This Crowdfunder campaign will help us to create our new Creative Wellbeing Studio and aims to raise £10,000 over the next 8 weeks. If we can raise £10,000, this amount will be matched by Sovereign Housing, our local housing association, giving us £20,000 toward our new Studio – but only if we can raise the first £10,000.

With your help, the space will be fully equipped with a kiln and double potters wheels, print-making facilities and specialist drying and storage equipment to provide professional-standard facilities for everyone in our community, including people with physical or learning disabilities. 

Coda is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and through a new partnership with hArt, a local art therapy charity, we aim to help everyone in our local community to take part in creative activity. 

If you are able to give anything, please help. Every penny will make a contribution to making this real. To find out more and donate to make our Creative Wellbeing Studio a reality, click here

Thank you all for your generosity. 

Mondays 7.30 – 9.30pm
at Coda Music Centre 
£8 PAYG 
Led by Chris Hopgood 

We now have some spaces available in our Monday night Blues Orchestra sessions. Blues Orchestra is a chance to explore some of the greatest blues music ever written in a brand new way for those who want to improve their improvisation skills. 

Each week you will have the chance to play through a set of classic blues tracks from the likes of John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Albert King and many more, with the emphasis on improvising over the chord sequences. 

Think of it as a guided jam session – but no previous improvisation experience is necessary. 

Any lead instrument is welcome to join, including Bass, Guitar, Harmonica, Brass, Fiddle (if playing an acoustic instrument other than brass, then you will want to make sure it is able to be plugged in).

If you are interested in joining our Blues Orchestra, please contact the Coda office on  01425 276161 or email contact@coda.org.uk

7 – 9pm in THE CODA SOCIAL Cafe
FREE event

Led by Carol Davies, this Classical evening is open to all Coda students who would like to play a classical piece. 

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. 

If you would enjoy performing at our Classical Evening, or would benefit from the opportunity to play in front of a friendly audience, we would encourage you to speak to your tutor so they can let us know – or contact the Coda officeon 01425 276161 or email contact@coda.org.uk


This term, Sam Mason is leading a Coda project ‘Night: From Dusk ‘Til Dawn’which is taking place in SEN schools across BCP: Linwood, Victoria Education, Montacute, Portfield and Winchelsea. 

The project will be exploring all things Jazz! A Jazz trio will be visiting the schools to play and work with students to create new Jazz compositions which explore the theme of nighttime. Sam will be writing a new arrangement of ‘Blue Moon’ which all of the schools will rehearse alongside their new compositions. 

The project is due to start in November and will run until February half term, when the participants will perform their work live alongside professional musicians, in a culmination performance which will be filmed by our friends at SoundStorm. 

Coda is also leading Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for KS1 and KS2 teachers in BCP Primary schools, providing support to music co-ordinators in SEN schools and assisting them in developing the music curriculum in their schools. 


Thank you to everyone who performed and attended our memorial concert on Friday to remember and celebrate the life of Nick Filbee.  

We hope you agree that it was a fitting tribute to Nick, who was a great friend, advocate and supporter of Coda Music Trust and is greatly missed.


Huge thanks to those who have already donated items for our raffle. We are still in need of more raffle prizes for our upcoming Christmas event, so if you have any chocolates, bottles, unwanted gifts or vouchers that you would be willing to donate, it would be hugely appreciated.

Please drop off any contributions at Coda reception. Thank you for your support. 

We hope that you enjoy the second half of the term.
The Coda Autumn Term finishes on Saturday 17th December for the Christmas holidays.