What we're about

Hundreds of songwriters have improved their writing at our Evening Courses, Song Clinics, Countryside Retreats, Song Camps, Performances, Charity Gigs, & Music Industry Talks. Suitable for Beginners to Pros who want to demystify how to write great songs in any genre! Our Website URL is: http://www.LondonSongwriters.org/ (http://www.londonsongwriters.org/)

If you want to learn, practice & perfect your songwriting & consolidate what you already know then this is the group & the community for you. Our mission is to improve our song craft & support each other's self-expression through our shared passion for music!

The group is organised by Murray Webster, an experienced multi-genre Songwriter, Educator, Songwriting Masters Degree Graduate & Community Music leader.

There is currently a 10% discount on our deep rural Autumn Peak District Retreat week:

http://www.londonsongwriters.org/songwritingretreats/

Recently we were interviewed on London Live TV News about our charity concerts and fundraising for Crisis At Christmas:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_5SpcETHD8&t=2s

( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_5SpcETHD8&t=2s )

Upcoming events (3)

Melody, Harmony & Hook Writing: Effective Chord Progressions

Online event

£20.00

Do you want to learn to write amazing melodies? This week we’ll look at how your choice of chords interacts with the melody & how it relates to genre & contemporary writing. You’ll understand how progressions really work and speed up your writing by removing the guesswork that many self-taught musicians can be tempted to rely on. Our fully interactive presentation series with practical exercises covers the essentials of Melody, Harmony & Hook Writing – you’ll learn the elements of what makes a great melody & how to incorporate them into your own songs. In songwriting Melody is King & it stands or falls on very fine margins – we only have relatively few notes to play with. If you feel you are not making the most of your melodies sign up for a wealth of fresh ideas! The series will include the following comprehensive Melody Writing classes: 23/06/20 – Developing Melodies & Hooks with Rhythmic Motifs 30/06/20 – Melodic Note Choices 07/07/20 – Effective Chord Progressions http://www.londonsongwriters.org/course/effective-chord-progressions/ 14/07/20 – Supercharge your Melodies with Pitch and Prosody http://www.londonsongwriters.org/course/pitch-prosody/ We will extensively analyse both contemporary and classic melodies, looking at what they have in common & crucially what makes them different. These sessions are suitable for songwriters of all experience levels & there are limited places available. Testimonials from previous attendees: I’ve taken 5 different workshops in the past 3 years & have never seen a facilitator approach this subject with such a straightforward method of analyzing song structure in order to replicate successful writing techniques. “A really helpful, eye-opening course, full of great ideas, tips & tricks” “Opened up music theory, ear-training & encouraged me to learn an instrument” “The audio/visual examples were great” --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The presenter, Murray Webster, has over 40 years experience as a multi-genre songwriter, having performed at some of the most prestigious music venues including The Astoria, The Hammersmith Palais, The Forum, The WAG Club, The Mint (LA) and Douglas Corner Cafe (Nashville). Plus Radio and TV appearances on the Gilles Peterson and Gary Crowley shows and Channel 4 documentaries on The Soho Jazz Festival supporting Courtney Pine. He has recorded and filmed with producer Marius de Vries (Madonna, Bjork, John Legend, David Bowie etc.). He has taught monthly London Songwriters workshops for the last eleven years, including sixteen highly successful week-long Countryside Songwriting Retreats. He has a Masters Degree in Songwriting, a PTLLS qualification as a Community Music Leader and has mentored young people in music skills for NCS – The Challenge. His self-produced tracks feature on CD-released albums commemorating the Shakespeare 400 centenary as well as World Cup and Christmas compilations, being part of a project series featured in The Guinness Book Of Records, as well as single and album releases on CBS Records. He has self-released tracks on all digital platforms.

Supercharge your Melodies with Pitch & Prosody

Online event

£20.00

Do you want to learn how to write amazing melodies? This week we will cover supercharging your melodies with pitch and prosody - how to use advanced melodic techniques to maximum effect. You may need some knowledge of music theory to follow this class. Our fully interactive presentation series with practical exercises covers the essentials of Melody, Harmony & Hook Writing – you’ll learn the elements of what makes a great melody & how to incorporate them into your own songs. In songwriting Melody is King & it stands or falls on very fine margins – we only have relatively few notes to play with. If you feel you are not making the most of your melodies sign up for a wealth of fresh ideas! The series will include the following comprehensive Melody Writing classes: 23/06/20 – Developing Melodies & Hooks with Rhythmic Motifs 30/06/20 – Melodic Note Choices 07/07/20 – Effective Chord Progressions http://www.londonsongwriters.org/course/effective-chord-progressions/ 14/07/20 – Supercharge your Melodies with Pitch and Prosody http://www.londonsongwriters.org/course/pitch-prosody/ We will extensively analyse both contemporary and classic melodies, looking at what they have in common & crucially what makes them different. These sessions are suitable for songwriters of all experience levels & there are limited places available. Testimonials from previous attendees: I’ve taken 5 different workshops in the past 3 years & have never seen a facilitator approach this subject with such a straightforward method of analyzing song structure in order to replicate successful writing techniques. “A really helpful, eye-opening course, full of great ideas, tips & tricks” “Opened up music theory, ear-training & encouraged me to learn an instrument” “The audio/visual examples were great” --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The presenter, Murray Webster, has over 40 years experience as a multi-genre songwriter, having performed at some of the most prestigious music venues including The Astoria, The Hammersmith Palais, The Forum, The WAG Club, The Mint (LA) and Douglas Corner Cafe (Nashville). Plus Radio and TV appearances on the Gilles Peterson and Gary Crowley shows and Channel 4 documentaries on The Soho Jazz Festival supporting Courtney Pine. He has recorded and filmed with producer Marius de Vries (Madonna, Bjork, John Legend, David Bowie etc.). He has taught monthly London Songwriters workshops for the last eleven years, including sixteen highly successful week-long Countryside Songwriting Retreats. He has a Masters Degree in Songwriting, a PTLLS qualification as a Community Music Leader and has mentored young people in music skills for NCS – The Challenge. His self-produced tracks feature on CD-released albums commemorating the Shakespeare 400 centenary as well as World Cup and Christmas compilations, being part of a project series featured in The Guinness Book Of Records, as well as single and album releases on CBS Records. He has self-released tracks on all digital platforms.

2020 Autumn Peak District Retreat Week

Picturesque, spacious converted countryside barn

Our fabulous Autumn Peak District Retreat week is from the 12th to 18th October 2020. ‘The retreat was one of the best weeks of my life!’ as attendees have said in their testimonials. The price is fully inclusive of food, accommodation and comprehensive songwriting facilitation. The fresh air and stunning views come with the location! RSVP link: Autumn 2020 Retreat - for Full details and to Register your Interest http://www.londonsongwriters.org/songwritingretreats/ Whatever your songwriting experience, by attending the retreat you will: • immerse yourself in your writing without the distractions of everyday life • have a great time in lovely surroundings with like-minded people • increase the quantity and the quality of songs you write at the retreat and afterwards • increase your confidence as a songwriter • increase your songwriter connections and co-writing network • write at least one or two songs each day • get encouragement and valuable feedback on your current repertoire • learn and/or practise the essential songwriting 'tools' and 'rules' (and work out when you can break them) • have a songwriting holiday experience for less than the cost of holiday B&B/food alone From 2015 to 2019 a total of over 200 satisfied London Songwriters have attended one of our fifteen successful retreats in the beautiful South Derbyshire countryside collaborating, writing, learning and using successful comprehensive songwriting tips, walking, going to country pubs and making new connections, which are still continuing to bear musical fruit. Each writer rated the experience 5 out of 5 and their testimonials are included below. It will consist of co-writing and solo-writing briefs, songshares, songcraft presentations, walks, pubs, perhaps an open mic…all in all an enjoyable and productive songwriting holiday break! The cost of the Spring Retreat is £499 for a full week plus an extra night for free if you want to stay until 10 am Monday 19th October. However, there is currently a 10% discount of just £449! Please let us know via the following form if you are interested and we can send further details: Autumn 2020 Retreat - Register your Interest http://www.londonsongwriters.org/songwritingretreats/ In the previous participants’ own words: ‘The retreat was one of the best weeks of my life!’ ‘Loved every minute and learned a lot. Great to be able to share ideas and mix with some very talented people’ ‘I had a fabulous time and I am delighted with my new friendships and song output. It was a marvellous week.’ ‘Just back from a magical song-writing retreat in Derbyshire with London Songwriters led by Murray Webster’ ‘I’ve come away with 5 songs – 3 of which I plan on releasing in the future, so THANK YOU! for making it happen’ ‘The guidance in the morning was excellent – focused, just the right amount of info, really important learning’ 'Perfect from start to finish’ 'I have just been on a really fabulous retreat for song-writers with Murray Webster. If you want a laid back but focused, friendly, supportive event to do some collaborative and/or solo songwriting and develop your skills, Murray's are the best out there at an affordable price.' ‘I thoroughly enjoyed the retreat spending time in lovely surroundings with lovely people. Was impressed with the facilities provided for writing and performing our songs and the overall support of Murray for the whole time. Can't wait 'til the next one!’ ‘Fun walks, meals and songwriting, singing and collaborating.’‘Fab environment for bringing out creative ideas and making songs happen, that otherwise wouldn't.’ ‘Thanks it was a great week!’‘The retreat was a great place to collaborate and meet like-minded people. It has since given me the momentum and new tools that I needed to get me songwriting more regularly and in a more structured way.’ ‘The scenery was amazing and I was glad to fit in a few walks during my stay.’ All the participants said they would love to do it all over again and would recommend it to others.

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