Welcome back – Happy New Year!
Welcome back – Happy New Year!

We hope you have all had a relaxing festive break.

A reminder that Spring Term starts Tuesday 4th January 2022.

An Exhibition of Artworks by Stuart Jebbitt
From 4th January 2022 in the Coda Social Café

From 4th January, until February half term, Stuart Jebbitt’s series of drawings “The Musical Masters” will be on display in our cafe – please come in and and take a look.

Many of you will know our amazing music leader Stuart – but you may not know that, as well as being a great musician, he is also a talented artist!

During the pandemic, Stuart rediscovered his love of art and, in his own words:

“over lockdown, when Coda music centre was closed and I had no students or gigs, I returned to my love of drawing and painting (many years ago, in a previous lifetime, I attended various Art schools: Farnham, Maidstone and Chelsea).

Initially I made a lot of landscape paintings, whilst listening to all kinds of music. This led me to think about what I could do for Coda. Coda is a charity, and a cause that I very much believe in, and it was very frustrating not being able to contribute anything whilst we were closed. Hence this series of drawings.”

You can see some of Stuart’s other artwork on his website stuartjebbitt.com/paintings/

If you are interested in purchasing any of the drawings, these will be available for a donation of £80 to Coda Music Trust.


Happy birthday to us! This year marks 25 years since Coda Music Trust was formally constituted.

We hope this 25th anniversary will be a fantastic opportunity to bring our staff, supporters and community together to reflect on how we have enriched lives over the past 25 years… and to look towards the next 25 years.

Across the year, we will be celebrating with a series of events and activities and we hope that you will join with us as we share memories and present our vision for the future of Coda.


One-to-one Tuition returns today and we have availability for both instrumental and vocal tuition.

If you are thinking about learning an instrument – or would you like to go back to an instrument – we are welcoming new students.

We offer 20 minute taster sessions for just £5 (subject to availability) in vocal and instrumental tuition – please get in touch if you would like to arrange a trial lesson.


There is still time to sign-up for some of our new courses (but be quick!):

MUSIC THEORY (Grades 3 -5)
Saturdays 9.30 – 11.00am 
£85 for a 7-week course 
Starting Saturday 8th January 

If you have already completed our ‘Introduction to music theory’ course or have reached a certain level of proficiency but your progress is frustrated due to a lack of music theory knowledge, we are now offering a course for students needing a higher level of music theory (Grades 3 – 5) to progress or continue to higher grades.

Alternatively, you may want to start playing with a local band (concert, jazz or symphonic), for which music theory knowledge will really help!

The 7-week course will provide an intensive learning opportunity to enhance your regular instrumental lessons and/or playing.

For full details click here

1.30pm – 3pm
starting Wednesday 12th January
at Coda Music Centre
£135 for a 12-week course

This course, led by Chris Hopgood, is designed to explain how blues rhythms work, what they are and how you can create your own.

So, if you’ve ever fancied just jamming around on a blues progression – or maybe you want to be able to join a blues jam session and comfortably back up a singer or lead player with more than just strumming chords, this course will allow you to do just that!

For full details click here

1.30pm – 3pm
starting Thursday 13th January
at Coda Music Centre
£135 for a 12-week course

This 12 week course, led by Chris Hopgood, will look at music theory from a folk musicians perspective.

You will learn how to play in any key, how chords fit together, how rhythms work to change the feel of music and how to write music in the simplest way possible.

For full details click here

If you would like to find out more or sign-up to any of these courses, please get in touch with the office as soon as possible on contact@coda.org.uk or telephone 01425 276161


You may have seen, on our Facebook page over the festive period, some of the fantastic performances by our groups, ensembles, students and tutors.

If you missed any of these, you can catch up with them all on our YouTube channel on a specially created Christmas 2021 playlist.

You will be able to enjoy performances from Jonny Vernam, Guy Gardner (& Sally Perry), Folk Orc, Rusty Rockers, Coda Ukulele Band, Coda Kids Ukulele Band and Stephen Kenyon.

Click here to see our YouTube playlist


The safety of our students and teachers remains of the utmost importance to us. We ask that you please wear a mask in all communal areas and maintain a safe distance from others. Social distancing will be maintained in teaching rooms and clear screens will be employed for extra safety.

Staff will continue to use extra cleaning measures and will be thoroughly cleaning all equipment between lessons. Please use hand sanitiser, which is available throughout the music centre.

If you would prefer for your lesson to be delivered online, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can arrange this.

If you – or anyone in your household – are showing any of the symptoms of Covid-19, please DO NOT attend Coda Music Centre and please call us to let us know.

Thank you for your understanding and for helping to keep each other safe.

We look forward to welcoming you all back to Coda.