• Melody, Hook & Harmony Writing: The Essential Guide! - Week 2
    In this interactive presentation you will learn the essential elements of what makes a great melody as well as invaluable advice on how each of those elements contributes to a balanced whole. It is the second module of our Songwriting Summary Series, primarily aimed at beginner and intermediate songwriters. Previous attendees commented: "A fantastic talk. Full of useful information!" It is a big subject and so is split into two weekly sessions but there will be more than enough information for each week to stand alone. In Week 2 we will summarise Week 1, continue our insightful melodic analysis of classic and contemporary songs and crucially how melody interacts with harmony (chords) via some (essential but non-scary) Music Theory 101. The price is discounted for this meetup group - tea, coffee and water will be provided free of charge. There are only 12 places available so please book in advance. Nearest tubes are Southwark, Waterloo or Blackfriars. Don't forget, if you are unable to make it along to the London Meetups you can always book 1-2-1 sessions at www.LondonSongwriters.org and sign up to the newsletter for information on discounted Workshops and Retreats!

    WeWork New Kings Beam House

    22 Upper Ground · London

    £10.00
  • Crisis at Christmas Homeless Charity Concert 2018 - Day 1
    On the afternoons of the 27th and 28th December between 2pm and 5pm we will perform as a collective in Central London for the homeless charity Crisis At Christmas. This is our sixth year, and they are excited to be working with us once again. Please FILL OUT THE FORM AT THE LINK BELOW and I will be in touch with logistical details including precise location: London Songwriters Crisis At Christmas – Register Your Interest (http://www.LondonSongwriters.org) Solo performers, singers with instrumentalists or backing tracks, are all welcome. This year we will concentrate on appropriately entertaining covers, as the audience will appreciate familiar songs they can potentially sing along to. The brief from Crisis is: ‘Make sure all performance material is not only fun and engaging, but also sensitive to the fact that there may be vulnerable guests in the centres'. The link above has a video of the interview we did with London Live TV News to publicise the concerts☺ Thank you!

    Crisis At Christmas Day Centre

    Central London · London

    Respond by: 12/20/2018
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  • Crisis at Christmas Homeless Charity Concert 2018 - Day 2
    On the afternoons of the 27th and 28th December between 2pm and 5pm we will perform as a collective in Central London for the homeless charity Crisis At Christmas. This is our sixth year, and they are excited to be working with us once again. Please FILL OUT THE FORM AT THE LINK BELOW and I will be in touch with logistical details including precise location: London Songwriters Crisis At Christmas – Register Your Interest (http://www.LondonSongwriters.org) Solo performers, singers with instrumentalists or backing tracks, are all welcome. This year we will concentrate on appropriately entertaining covers, as the audience will appreciate familiar songs they can potentially sing along to. The brief from Crisis is: ‘Make sure all performance material is not only fun and engaging, but also sensitive to the fact that there may be vulnerable guests in the centres'. The link above has a video of the interview we did with London Live TV News to publicise the concerts☺ Thank you!

    Crisis At Christmas Day Centre

    Central London · London

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  • Spring into your Songwriting! - 2019 April Peak District Retreat Week
    We are running our Spring Peak District Retreat week from the 1st to 7th April 2019. The price is fully inclusive of food, accommodation and comprehensive songwriting facilitation. The fresh air and stunning views come with the location just as the days grow longer! RSVP link: Spring 2019 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 2018 a total of over 150 satisfied London Songwriters 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 Spring Retreat is £479 for a full week plus an extra night for free if you want to stay until 10am Monday 8th April. However, there is currently an October 15% discount of just £399! Early booking is advised for this early-bird price so please let me know via the following form, if you are potentially interested in this date and I can contact you with further details: Spring 2019 Retreat - Register your Interest (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfZZout7YFM556tP6qFg96DakBOeRReTbfVGWKQHLneYqGbnA/viewform) In the previous participants’ own words: ‘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.’ ‘The exercises were interesting and challenging.’ ‘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. If you are interested in the April date or future retreats please fill out the above form (no RSVPs to the meetup event itself)

    Picturesque, spacious converted countryside barn

    . · Derbyshire