Come and experience the music of the Coda Ukulele band at Forest Arts Centre this Saturday afternoon as part of the Christmas Craft Fair there.
Our band of Ukulele's will be playing a host of Christmas classics over 2 shows, the first at 1pm and the second at 2pm. Always entertaining for all the family and, on this occasion accompanied by the perfect opportunity to shop for some unique and hand crafted Christmas presents!
Come along and get in the Christmas spirit.
For more info on Forest Arts Centre click here
Coda is celebrating Christmas with a series of low key hootenannies here at Coda on the evenings of 17th, 18th and 19th December. Look out for more news of music and mince pies here in the next few days!
In this, the first in a series of features on the team at Coda, we are looking at one of the newest members of our teaching staff, Phil Handy, an extraordinarily dynamic and virtuosic cellist. His credentials are outstanding, so take a deep breath and read on...
Phil studied cello and conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music and during his time in Manchester he won the prestigious Music at Beaulieu Competition, performed at the Wigmore Hall, and participated in the International RNCM Shostakovich Festival in 2006. After graduating from the RNCM, Phil received an entrance scholarship to the Royal College of Music, London to study with Alexander Boyarsky.
As a scholarship student and Junior Fellow at Birmingham Conservatoire Phil won the Strings Prize, the Rollason Award, the Sylvia Cleaver Chamber Prize, and second prize in the Ludlow Philharmonic Competition 2009, and second prize in the 2010 Delius Competition. Phil then went on to win the coveted Symphony Hall Recital Prize 2010.
To develop his own skills he has taken part in masterclasses with Alexander Ivashkin, Guy Johnston, Raphael Wallfisch, Sagi Hartov, and Felix Schmidt, and as a performer he has recently performed concertos by Haydn, Walton, Tchaikovsky, Elgar, Dvorak and Shostakovich with numerous orchestras across the UK and released 2 albums, 'the Romantic Cello vol 1 and 2' ,with acclaimed pianist Robert Markham. Read more »
Start the Week With A Song is Coda's vocal exercise group for people with Parkinson's and this short radio programme, produced with Christchurch Radio Club, beautifully captures the project and the potential benefits of singing and vocal exercise for those in ill-health.
If you have 5 minutes please take a moment to listen, and if you would like more information please get in touch here.
Coda is open again after the half term break and our new space, The Coda Social, is close to completion, but, throughout November we are appealing for your help to decorate and furnish the space.
The project has been funded by The Big Lottery, the Friends of Coda, the Mudeford Ladies That Lunch, The Chewton Glen Hotel, The Valentine Trust and The Alice Ellen Cooper Dean Foundation and their support has transformed our old barn into a space for all our users to meet, work, plan and share, but we still need your help to make The Coda Social the perfect place for you.
If you can spare some time to help decorate The Coda Social, or if you have some furniture that we can upcycle for the space please email us here and look out for updates on the project at our Facebook page here
It is a holiday week for instrumental tuition and groups at Coda this week but, if you are aged 11 to 17 and looking for some musical action there are a few spaces left on Saturday's Music Cauldron, our creative workshop programme.
The session runs from 12pm to 5pm on Saturday 2nd November and is a recording workshop, so it's a great chance to learn more about the recording process and get some of your own music recorded. If you want to come along just call the office on 01425 276161 and book your place, it costs £15 and you can pay on the day.