*** June update: The July 2017 Summer Camp is now FULLY BOOKED! ***
** Our next Countryside event is the Autumn Peak District Retreat from 16th October **
London Songwriters Summer Camp is back! Following a hugely successful event in 2016 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 guidance for Studio Recording of collaborative tracks
– Optional individual Digital Audio Workstation access throughout the Camp
– Practice Rooms with pianos
– Optional individual Songcraft Mentoring
– Evening Open Mics
– Experienced Facilitation
– Single Room Accommodation
– 3 Fully Catered Meals per day
– Transfers to/from local station
London Songwriters Summer Camp – 24th-28th July 2017
The London Songwriters Summer Camp runs from 11am Monday 24th to 4pm Friday 28th July 2017 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 open mics 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 (no single room supplement) 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 £479. However, you can take advantage of the EARLY-BIRD all-inclusive 10% discounted price of £429.
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. Sessions will begin at 9:30 am Tuesday to Friday.
Testimonials from the Summer Camp 2016
“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 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) and Douglas Corner Cafe (Nashville). He has taught and facilitated London Songwriters workshops for the last six years, including seven 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.