CODA was founded by Arthur Boyd (who had run his first music club when at school) and its origins date back to 1982 when he had the idea of chamber recitals to support young and up-coming professional musicians by providing a venue for them to perform. Originally recitals were presented in Arthur’s home but, as interest grew, CODA moved to larger (but still intimate) venues, settling in March 1999 in the Organ Room at Kent College in Pembury, near Tunbridge Wells.
However, change is in the air: CODA recitals, using its own Yamaha grand piano, now take place at the theatre at Rose Hill School (see the Home page), the first event being held there in June 2015.
CODA acquired Registered Charity status in 1983, with the concert pianist Eileen Joyce as its first President. It has held well over 240 recitals locally, using nearly 200 different artists, as well as presenting just over 20 more in the public London venues of St. John’s, Smith Square, Wigmore Hall and the South Bank Centre. A special 30th anniversary recital was held in February 2013.
Arthur still remains at the heart of CODA as its Chairman and Honorary Executive Secretary, but others have increasingly become involved to ensure that a sustainable footing is retained. Nigel Clayton, Professor of Piano and Fellow at London’s Royal College of Music, is its current President and several other well-known artists are Vice-Presidents: Marcus Andrews, Michael Cox, Emma Johnson, James Lisney, Joan-Enric Lluna, Gina McCormack and Colin Stone. A small committee organises CODA’s activities.
At CODA we pride ourselves on our reputation as a welcoming and friendly organisation with a distinctive personal touch. All those attending recitals have the opportunity to meet and chat to the artists over refreshments after the performance.