London Songwriters Summer Camp is back!
Following hugely successful events in 2016 and 2017 we are once again at beautiful Box Hill, Surrey for an amazing five-day fully residential Songwriting and Studio Recording experience – and a guide to arranging, recording and mixing your own songs.
The Camp includes:
– Comprehensive Songcraft Presentations
– Collaborative and Solo Writing Briefs
– Introduction to Arranging, Recording and Mixing
– Professional Studio Recording (Control Room and 2 Live Rooms)
– Producer/Engineer available for Studio Recording of collaborative tracks
– Session Guitar/Bass/Keys available for Studio Recording of collaborative tracks
– Individual Logic Pro Digital Audio Workstation access throughout the Camp
– Practice Rooms with pianos
– individual Songcraft Mentoring
– Evening playbacks/open mics and final Song Showcase
– Experienced Facilitation
– Single Room Accommodation available
– 3 Fully Catered Meals per day
– Transfers to/from local station
London Songwriters Summer Camp – 23rd-27th July 2018
The London Songwriters Summer Camp runs from 11am Monday 23rd to 4pm Friday 27th July 2018 and will feature a range of solo and collaborative writing briefs designed to illustrate proven techniques of effective songcraft for all levels of songwriter.
It will also provide you with an opportunity to take a song to the next level in terms of arrangement, recording and production.
The extensive studio recording and practice-room facilities of a well-resourced music school will be available to you during the camp. We will be using music production software (Logic Pro X and Pro Tools) to develop songs further whilst recording small group collaborative tracks in a professional studio. Individual computer workstations will also be available for each attendee throughout the week. The production principles taught will be applicable to all software and computer platforms.
There will also be plenty of opportunity to play your own songs in our evening on-site optional but strongly recommended Song Showcases in the beautiful Grade II listed Templeton Room, and to receive constructive feedback as well as individual mentoring throughout the week.
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 in the nearby Juniper Hall and includes catered meals (including all dietary preferences) from Monday midday through Friday lunchtime.
The standard price is £599, however, you can take advantage of the EARLY-BIRD all-inclusive 10% discounted price of only £549 bookable by the end of April.
The camp is limited to 18 attendees. The nearest station is Dorking and a transfer bus will be available on the Monday morning at 10:30 am and Friday afternoon at 3:30 pm.
Testimonials from the 2016 and 2017 Summer Camps
“The event was great for all levels and for me it was the perfect challenge. The vibe was fun and very supportive, Murray and Jonathan worked hard to facilitate a quality retreat & I hope to join for another in the near future. Thanks so much for a wonderful experience!”
“It was great! I wrote or co-wrote 4 songs in a week, which is so satisfying. Great structure and support to make some beautiful music.”
“The Summer Camp 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 camp and this experience has been, 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.”
“Very welcoming and positive environment, lovely location, brilliant for long walks. I’ve got a lot out of this week.”
“Enjoyable open mics, easy-going, friendly atmosphere. Useful individual feedback.”
“Lovely setting, great feel and atmosphere created and week skilfully managed by giving space to develop creative projects. Presentations all useful. I really enjoyed the week.”
“I got out of it exactly what I wanted and really enjoyed it.“
“‘I found the songwriting instruction sessions particularly useful. ‘Very useful advice and exercises”
“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”
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, Bracknell Jazz Festival, The Mint (LA), Douglas Corner Cafe (Nashville) and live broadcasts for Gary Crowley on Capital Radio. He has taught and facilitated London Songwriters workshops for the last seven years, including ten highly successful Countryside Songwriting Retreats. He has a Masters Degree in Songwriting, a PTLLS teaching qualification as a Community Music Leader and has regularly mentored young people in music skills for NCS – The Challenge. His latest self-produced tracks feature on albums commemorating the Shakespeare 400 centenary and a Christmas compilation, being part of a project series featured in The Guinness Book Of Records.
Jonathan Rayner is an experienced music educator with over 30 years teaching experience. He has set up recording studios in three institutions and currently teaches music and music technology within Box Hill School, where he is Assistant Director of Music. He is the lead writer and creative force behind a set of Music Education Resources published by Faber Music entitled ‘The Music Factory‘. As a songwriter he has released a number of albums with a folk, indie and bluesy flavour.