WINTER UPDATE
WINTER UPDATE

Our tree is up, the music centre has been decorated and we’re starting to feel festive! Don’t forget, we have our Christmas Concert event on Sunday 10th December from 6.30 – 10.00pm at New Milton Memorial Centre, Whitefield Road, New Milton BH25 6DE. It is a FREE event where we will be enjoying performances from Rusty Rockers, Ukulele Band, Blues Orchestra, the Health & Happiness Choir and Folk Orc… plus there will be Christmas arts & crafts, mince pies and a bar. You are all very welcome – we would love to see as many of you there as possible – so please come along and join us for some Christmas cheer!CHRISTMAS IN THE COMMUNITYOver the festive period, Coda will be bringing some Christmas cheer to the local community with performances in a variety of care settings. The ‘Coda Memory Band,’ a performance group brought together from within the Coda community, will be visiting elderly residents in care homes and performing in Bournemouth Hospital with a selection of festive music for residents, patients and visitors to enjoy.On 11th December from 10-11am, the Coda Memory Band will be performing in the Atrium of the Royal Bournemouth Hospital supporting their Dementia and Delirium Fun Day. On the 19th December, Max Elmore, one of Coda’s talented students, will be playing at Bournemouth Hospital in the Dementia ward from 2.30 – 3.30pm. Thanks to NFU Mutual for their support for our work with older people in our local community.BABY NEWS! HUGE congratulations to Chris Hopgood and family, who welcomed their new addition, baby Theodore, on 31st October.Sending all of our very best wishes from all of us at Coda and the wider Coda community!BABIGLOO – CALL FOR MUSICANSWe know we have many talented musicians among our students and parents and wanted to open up the following invitation to our wider community.Babigloo – Music for Babies – is a project which delivers therapeutic music-led sessions to parents and babies 0-12 months. The sessions are all non-verbal, using vocal and musical rhythms and combining classical music and theatre. They are based on an approach by Edwin Gordon whose work Babigloo have studied with SAMP music school in Pousos, Portugal. With partners, Babigloo have delivered three Youth Music funded programmes in BCP Council, Dorset, and Ringwood through Early Years sections in Children’s Centres and Early Years settings.There are eight sessions (led by the Babigloo team) in each programme, followed by a musical celebration where different groups join together. Babigloo describe the format as ‘unusual, but after a few sessions our parents find it all makes sense’.Sessions are inspired by Inuit family culture and the snowy tundra of the Arctic and move through into the dawning of Spring and Summer. You can read more about other musicians’ experiences on Babigloo’s Youth Music Network Blog page:Rob Lee https://network.youthmusic.org.uk/profiling-robert-lee-musician-babigloo-music-babies On Wednesday mornings in the Spring term, Coda will be hosting Babigloo to deliver their project here and we are looking for musicians (that could include adult students/parents of a high standard) from the Coda community to work as part of their team.They are particularly keen to work with musicians that play unusual or sensory instruments, as these help with the wonder of the session. A fee of £70 per session is available and you would need to attend a 2-hour training session with Babigloo on Wednesday 24th January from 10.30am to 12.30pm then be available for two of the Babigloo sessions (Wednesdays from 9.30 to 11.30am from the following:  6th, 13th or 20th March and the final celebration on 28th March). If you are interested in this work with Babigloo, please let Phil Hallett know as soon as possible (email phil.hallett@coda.org.uk).END OF THE ROAD FESTIVALA HUGE thank you to End Of The Road Festival, who have raised a fantastic £2507.73 for Coda from guest-list donations from this year’s festival.EOTR has supported Coda as a partner charity for seven years running and has now raised over £8,500 for the charity in the years since the partnership began.We are so grateful that End Of The Road choose to support us in this way. Guests are always incredibly generous and the contributions genuinely help Coda to make a difference to those in need of our help.With this support, in 2024, we aim to run DJ training sessions for young adults with learning disabilities alongside some music workshops for neuro divergent young people, which will allow them meet and play music together.Tickets for this fabulous festival in 2024 are on sale now. Visit https://endoftheroadfestival.com/tickets/JAZZ IMPROVISATION WORKSHOP WITH ANDY BLEEOn 16th December, Andy Blee will be running a Jazz Improvisation workshop at Coda which will cover the basics of improvising including; scales, modes, rhythm ideas, the use of space, how to play over a blues, learning about ii-V-I jazz progressions and more about about modal jazz.This event is already at capacity, but Andy will be running another workshop on 13th January. If you would like more details or if you are interested in future workshops, let us know and Andy can contact you with all of the information. NEW EXHIBITION CELEBRATES THE hArt LEGACY  You can now see our new exhibition for the Coda cafe, curated by Heidi Steller (our Creative Programme Director) in consultation with our Art Therapists and facilitators. This exhibition celebrates the legacy programmes of hArt and their contribution now to Coda Music and Arts Trust. It brings together artworks created in former hArt sessions and features some of the fantastic work created in Creative Wellbeing and Club Create alongside art created through the Arts On Prescription programme. Please come to the Coda cafe to enjoy this celebratory new exhibition which highlights the talent of our local community and reflects the positive contribution of hArt and the powerful positive benefits of art as therapy. FIDDLE ORCHESTRA CHRISTMAS CONCERT Coda’s outreach string ensemble for young people in Boscombe will be performing their annual Christmas concert at St. Peter’s Church in Bournemouth on Saturday 9th December at 12.30pm. will be performing their annual Christmas concert at St. Peter’s Church in Bournemouth on Saturday 9th December at 12.30pm. Featuring performances from the starters group right up to outstanding young players of Grade 8 and Diploma standard, this is a free event and everyone is welcome.Please go along if you can to support these talented young performers.SPRING TERM INVOICES Invoices for the Spring Term are due to go out on Monday 11th December. If you do not intend to return for lessons after Christmas, please contact us as soon as you can to confirm that you will not be returning, so that we can offer spaces to students on our waiting lists.ROAD CLOSURESWalkford Road from The Walkford Pub up to Holly Lane is currently closed for another four weeks until 22nd December for gas works.  During this time there may not be access to Coda from the main Walkford Road. However, there WILL be access from the Chewton Glen Hotel end of Chewton Farm Road (Highcliffe end) and diversion signs in operation should you need them.

We’ll be back in touch before the end of term, but enjoy the next few weeks in the run up to Christmas and we hope to celebrate with you at our Christmas concert event on 10th December.