What we're about

Improve your Songwriting at our regular Song Craft Workshops, Evening Courses, Countryside Retreats, Film & TV Co-Writes, Performance Events, Charity Gigs and Music Industry Talks. The group is suitable for Beginners to Pros and all musical genres. If you want to improve your songwriting or consolidate what you already know then this is the group and the community for you! Our mission is to improve our song craft and support each other's self-expression through music!

Our Website URL is: http://www.LondonSongwriters.org/ (http://www.londonsongwriters.org/)
Our FB Page is https://www.facebook.com/LondonSongwriters/ (https://www.facebook.com/groups/LondonSongwriters/)

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

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Upcoming events (3)

Writing & Pitching Your Songs for Film and TV!

College Arms

£8.00

Join us for a Sunday Collaboration Session featuring a choice of current paid Publisher & Film/TV opportunities. Some great songs have been written in our workshops, recorded to a professional standard and pitched for genuine commercial briefs. We will also cover essential information on songcraft and collaboration techniques, relevant to both commercial and non-commercial writing. 'Sync' (synchronisation) is one of the few ways of earning real songwriting income these days and great songs from the heart in any genre are still the requisite - learn how to write and pitch for these opportunities. We have been running these small group collaboration sessions for 10 years and all lyricists, composers, singers, instrumentalists and producers of any experience are welcome. "Amazing!", "Thanks for a great workshop again! These are so valuable", "Great experience", "Really inspiring and effective" This is a half-day facilitated workshop currently heavily discounted for this Meetup Group. Also don't forget to register your interest for a 10% Discount for our fabulous Summer Songwriting and Recording Camp - ONLY A FEW PLACES LEFT: http://www.londonsongwriters.org/summer-camp-2019/ Agenda: 12:45 Collaboration Brief Approximate timings: 1:00 Collaboration Session 3:00 Collaboration Playbacks 5:00 Session End Bring an instrument if you have one. A keyboard and PA are available at the venue. PLEASE NOTE THAT ONLY FOOD AND DRINK PURCHASED AT THE VENUE CAN BE CONSUMED THERE!

Summer Songwriting and Studio Recording Camp 2019

A five-day songwriting, arranging, recording and production experience! The London Songwriters Summer Camp features collaborative and solo writing briefs designed to illustrate proven techniques of effective songcraft. It will also provide you with hands-on experience in taking your song to the next level in terms of arrangement, recording and production. To register your interest for a time-limited 10% discount at just £559: http://www.londonsongwriters.org/summer-camp-2019/ The extensive studio recording and practice-room facilities of a well-resourced music school will be available to you during the camp and we will be using music production software (Logic Pro X, Pro Tools and Garageband) to develop songs further whilst recording collaborative tracks. The principles used will be applicable to all Digital Audio Workstation software and computer platforms. There will also be plenty of opportunity to play your own songs in our evening on-site open mics and to receive constructive feedback - 1-2-1 tuition is also available. The school is set in beautiful Box Hill, North Downs in Surrey with plenty of scope for outdoor writing, walks and visits to local country pubs. Single-room accommodation is available including all catered meals from Monday midday through Friday lunchtime, and all songwriting/studio facilitation. The camp is limited to 18 attendees. The nearest station is Dorking and a transfer bus will be available on the Monday morning and Friday afternoon. Click here for a full description and to register your interest: http://www.londonsongwriters.org/summer-camp-2019/ Note: Your place is only definite once you have paid and you have received a confirmation email.

2019 Autumn Peak District Retreat Week

Picturesque, spacious converted countryside barn

We are running our Autumn Peak District Retreat week from the 14th to 20th October 2019. The price is fully inclusive of food, accommodation and comprehensive songwriting facilitation. The fresh air and stunning views come with the location! RSVP link 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 150 Songwriters from across the world have attended one of our twelve 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 Autumn Retreat is £479 for a full week plus an extra night for free if you want to stay until 10am Monday 21st October. Please let us know via the following form if you wish to find out more and I can send further details: Autumn 2019 Retreat - Register your Interest: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSccz1tZU2_VK-4_IOAeV00xK-NIwUDz88fSCf1llyJbCrsMRg/viewform 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!’ ‘The songwriting instruction sessions I found particularly useful. ‘Very useful advice and exercises’ ‘Fun walks, meals and songwriting, singing and collaborating.’‘Fab environment for bringing out creative ideas and making songs happen, that otherwise wouldn't.’ ‘Attending this event is a no brainer for anyone who thinks they might be interested in songwriting. I have been writing songs for a long time and haven't had so much fun for years.’ ‘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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