Peak District Songwriting Retreats


Note: The early-bird 10% discount has been extended for our 15th birthday and you may also be eligible for a bursary, subject to status!

Accelerate your Songwriting on our Peak District Retreat from the 14th to 20th October 2024. The price is fully inclusive of food, accommodation and comprehensive songwriting facilitation. The fresh air and stunning views come with the location!

From 2015 to 2024 London Songwriters has hosted twenty highly affordable Countryside Songwriting Retreats for over 250 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.

To receive further details, fill out the form to Register your interest for our Autumn 2024 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 presentationsco-writing and solo-writing briefssongsharescountry walkscountry village pubs, open mics, all that you might want from a songwriting holiday break.

The early-bird price of the retreat is £499 for a full week from 14th October plus an extra night for free if you wish to stay until 10am Monday 21st October. 

Register your interest and find out more here: Register your interest for our Autumn 2024 Retreat! 



London Songwriters 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 hostingaccommodation 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 peopleWas 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!’

Course Leader

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Murray Webster has taught London Songwriters Evening Courses & Workshops for the last eleven years, including eighteen highly successful week-long Countryside Songwriting Retreats. He has a Masters Degree in Songwriting, a PTLLS Teaching Qualification as a Community Music Leader and has mentored young people in music skills for NCS – The Challenge.

He has a wealth of experience as a multi-genre songwriter, having performed at some of the most prestigious music venues including The AstoriaThe Hammersmith PalaisThe Forum100 Club, The WAG ClubThe 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.).

His self-produced tracks feature on CD-released albums 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. The latest EP, Video & 7″ Vinyl ‘Blue Dansette’ is at