• Supercharge your Lyrics with Imagery, Storytelling and Rhyme

    Online event

    £17.00

    This fully interactive presentation with exercises will cover how to use Imagery, Storytelling and Rhyme to develop your songs into the best they can be. By analysing contemporary and classic songs from The Beatles to Billie Eilish, Dylan to Stormzy you will learn the elements of what makes a great lyric and how to incorporate them into your own songs. The session is suitable for all songwriters, whether pure lyricists or composers. Also check out the subsequent session on Wordplay, & Singability: https://www.meetup.com/LondonSongwriters/events/271066295/ Both sessions are discounted by 15% to £17 for this Meetup group. Testimonials from previous runs of this course: "Such useful material covered. I'll take these tools away & put them into practice" "Interactive, eye-opening and educational" 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 nine 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 also has self-released tracks on all digital platforms.

  • Enhance your Lyrics with Wordplay & Singability

    Online event

    £17.00

    This interactive presentation will cover how to use the huge variety of Wordplay, Rhetoric and other techniques to enhance your lyrics and above all make them Singable. By analysing contemporary and classic songs from The Beatles to Billie Eilish, Dylan to Stormzy, you will learn the elements of what makes a great lyric and invaluable advice on how to include them in your own writing. The session is suitable for all songwriters, whether pure lyricists or composers. Also check out the previous session on Imagery, Storytelling and Rhyme: https://www.meetup.com/LondonSongwriters/events/271065571/ Both sessions are discounted by 15% to £17 for this Meetup group. Testimonials from previous runs of this course: "Such useful material covered. I'll take these tools away & put them into practice" "Interactive, eye-opening and educational" Also, don’t forget to register your interest for our 10% discounted all-inclusive 2020 Autumn Peak District Retreat week here: http://www.londonsongwriters.org/songwritingretreats/ 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 nine 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 also 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.