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Coda and our wonderful Fiddle Orchestra project in Boscombe is, this year, one of five nominated charities of the Mayor of Bournemouth and you can help support the Orchestra by coming to a very special fundraising concert on Friday 9th May.

To support the Mayor's fundraising efforts Jack Maguire, Director of the Coda Fiddle Orchestra and Britan's very own Andre Rieu, is giving a rare recital in the atmospheric surroundings of the Shelley Theatre in Boscombe.

The Theatre, built by Mary Shelley's family in the 1860s is in the midst of re-development but it's history haunts each of the old rooms and will provide a beautiful backdrop to the virtuoso violin music of Paginini and excerpts from some of the world's most beautiful film scores performed by Jack.

Jack Maguire is a former co-leader of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra who, through our community project The Coda Fiddle Orchestra, has inspired hundreds of local children and young people to pick up and learn the violin, nurturing talent and enthusiasm and in the process conducting performances by the group in spaces as diverse as an ASDA supermarket and the Royal Festival Hall!

For this concert, in the presence of the Mayor of Bournemouth, Jack will perform solo works with piano accompaniment by Sam Hanson. Tickets are £12 and available from the Shelley Theatre on 01202 413600. Please join us.

We’ve quietly welcomed some well-known faces on site recently with the likes of Olly Murs and Pixie Lott recording in The Beach Studios at Coda, and now we are offering young musicians the opportunity to work with a genius of the music industry as part of our regular Music Cauldron sessions for young musicians.

On Saturday 12th April we are running a Songwriting Special with writer and producer Paul Statham, whose collaborations include Kylie, The Wanted and Massive Attack! It is an ultra-rare chance to work with a major music industry professional who, alongside Coda’s own Bob Burke, will support students through all stages of the creative songwriting process. The session runs from 12pm to 6pm and is open to young players aged 11 to 18. All abilities welcome, but an enthusiasm to create your own sound essential! £30 per person. Bookings on 01425 276161 or by clicking here Hurry!

During the Easter break we are also stretching the talents of the Coda team at our annual Folk Day, a hootanannying freewheeling jamboree of workshops, play-ins and fun headed up by resident banjo picker Chris Hopgood with a raft of guests. The Folk Day offers a chance to try all sorts of traditional instruments and broaden your experience of playing among an enthusiastic bunch of other folkies so why not join us for the day. Sunday 13th April from 10am to 5pm for £25 (or £20 for Coda regulars!). Booking required, so please get in touch!

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This half term sees the return of Coda's Music Cauldron holiday programme of creative workshops for young people aged 10 to 17 with a Saturday afternoon session dedicated to arranging music for bands. Working with Bob Burke, musician, producer and lecturer at Southampton Solent University, the workshop will take you through some of the key creative decisions you face when writing a song in a band.

Starting from how to build up to a killer hook, exploring how intros can be used to really capture attention, setting the scene for a song, and experimenting with different ways that an accompaniment can help make the lyrics mean more, this workshop is a hands-on performance work-out which will open up new ideas for songwriting, arrangement, performance and production.

Bob will work with players at all levels, you dont have to be virtuoso, but an enthusiasm and desire to play in a band is a must!

If you are in a band, or your next step is to play in one, this workshop is for you!

Saturday 15th February from 1pm to 4pm. £15. To book please email us here or call on 01425 276161

Over the past 6 months we have been converting one of our old barns into a new space for everyone that visits Coda.

There is no need to sit in the car park on cold dark nights anymore! Come inside and see what's going on.

As a place to wait and meet The Coda Social is open all day and evening so please use the comfy chairs, games, and free wifi (any day now!) whenever you are at Coda. 

At our busiest times, usually between 3pm and 6.30pm Monday to Thursday our new café will be open in the new space. Serving delicious real coffee and a wide range of teas, plus scrumptious snacks and nibbles, we hope the cafe will become a vibrant hub of activity and, if demand grows we will be open more often.

Please come and check us out, ask about a loyalty card and use the suggestion hat to tell us what you want from The Coda Social.

The old school tuck shop with honesty tin will still be available for kids treats and drinks at all times (find it by the counter in the Coda Social).

The space is for you, so please use it! Read more »