We have announced a new Autumn Peak District Retreat 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 just as the days grow longer!
From 2015 to 2019 London Songwriters has hosted twelve highly affordable Songwriting Retreats for over 150 happy writers from across the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia and the USA. Nine of these have been for around 12 attendees at a beautiful spacious converted barn in the gorgeous Derbyshire Peak District countryside. Each writer has rated the experience 5 out of 5 and many return for multiple subsequent retreats. Once again we are supported by both BASCA and PRS.
To receive further details fill out the form to Register your interest for our Autumn 2019 Retreat! Or please sign up for our mailing list if you are interested in future retreats.
Whatever your experience, the benefits of attending the songwriting retreats are that you will:
- immerse yourself in your writing without the distractions of everyday life
- have a great time in beautiful 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
- receive recordings of songs written
- 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 magical songwriting experience for less than the cost of holiday B&B/food alone
The songwriting retreats consist of songcraft presentations, co-writing and solo-writing briefs, songshares, country walks, country village pubs, open mics, all that you might want from a 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 21st October. However, there is currently a time-limited 15% discounted price of £399.
Register your interest and find out more here: Register your interest for our Autumn 2019 Retreat!
Here are some testimonials from the writers:
‘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’
‘The songwriting retreat is a golden opportunity! A rare occasion where a group of like-minded individuals come together to inspire, encourage and create music and push each other outside the comfort-zone where the magic happens.’
‘I thoroughly enjoyed the songwriting retreat and this experience has and will remain the highlight of my year!’
‘I have learned not only about music and songwriting but also about myself and what I can achieve.’
‘I have just been on a really fabulous retreat for song-writers with Murray Webster. If you want a laid back but focussed, 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.’
‘What a week! London songwriters retreat was amazing, the guys & gals attending totally inspiring, kind, funny and thoughtful and gave me new directions and motivation so thank you all!’
‘I thoroughly enjoyed the retreat spending time in lovely surroundings with lovely people.
‘A fab and inspiring few days of creational wonderfulicity!’
Excellent hosting, accommodation and good balance of group collaboration and song-sharing
‘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 with my clothes on for years.’
‘The food was ample, simple and nourishing.’
‘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!’
‘Thanks it was a great week!’
‘The songwriting 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.’
The content pushed me out of my boundaries every time = Good!’
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 on monthly London Songwriters workshops for the last nine years, including twelve 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.