Songs and Lyric Writing

Mon 09 Apr - Sat 14 Apr 2018
Tutors / Stewart Henderson & Willy Russell
Course Fee / From £ per person
Genre / Songwriting
Language / English

Whether you intend writing songs aimed at the charts, to be sung at an open mic night, or to feature in a full scale musical, this course has something for you. As this is a practical course there will be an element of very basic performance. Suitable for both wordsmiths and tunesmiths the course will offer the opportunity to work individually, collaboratively and collectively in the creation of new songs and lyrics on a daily basis. If you do play an instrument and it’s practicable to bring it along then please do so.


Stewart Henderson - John de Garis

Stewart Henderson

Stewart Henderson is a poet, lyricist and broadcaster. Through his 20-year partnership with BBC Music Award winner, Martyn Joseph, Q and Mojo magazines have placed their material in the same league as Randy Newman and Radiohead. On BBC Radio 2, Bob Harris praised the “outstanding lyrical intelligence” of the songs.
The Sunday Times recommended Stewart’s children’s poetry as “essential reading”, with his verse included in numerous Key Stage 2 anthologies. His bestselling Who Left Grandad At The Chipshop? was short listed for the Scottish Children’s Book Awards. As originator, producer and presenter, for many BBC Radio 4 feature documentaries, The Daily Telegraph radio critic, Gillian Reynolds wrote that Stewart “understands the packed power of words, the importance of their use and measure”. His music documentaries for the network include, Talking About Lionel, and Eddie Goes Country, both presented by Eddie Mair; and Inside The Cavern, presented by Midge Ure.

Willy Russell - Paul Cox

Willy Russell

Willy Russell’s career spans more than four decades and was a women’s hairdresser, a teacher and a singer-song writer before becoming one of the UK’s leading dramatists. Two of his most celebrated plays are Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine, both of which were turned into successful films with Willy Russel being nominated for an Oscar for

the screenplay of Educating Rita. His musical Blood Brothers played for 24 years, becoming the third longest running West End musical. The UK tour is still playing to packed houses. His critically acclaimed novel, The Wrong Boy, was published in 2000, translated worldwide and is currently being adapted for television by the writer himself.

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