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An introduction to songwriting

Guardian Masterclasses

Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 5:00 PM

An introduction to songwriting

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Following the success of our masterclass with Justin Parker, London Songwriting School is hosting another unique ‘Introduction to Songwriting’ course in association with The Guardian.

This course could see you writing the next 'Umbrella' before the weekend is out. This action-packed weekend course provides mentoring and practical assistance from a heavyweight panel of professional songwriters, who'll help you create an original song, and learn how to sell it. 

Hitmakers for the likes of Kylie, The Saturdays, and Backstreet Boys will take you through the songwriting process, from generating initial ideas to publishing the finished product. Plus you'll get feedback from guest tutor Nick Hodgson, lead songwriter and drummer for the Kaiser Chiefs. 

Working in small groups, you'll gain invaluable Insight into professional methods, and the secret tricks of the trade. As well as lessons in melody, phrasing, hooks and themes, you'll learn what makes a hit through examining song DNA, as well as how to develop ideas by analysing structure and genre. You'll also receive tips on how to get your songs placed, and how to promote them – and yourself. The price of the course also includes ongoing support and feedback from the London Songwriting School, to help you put what you've learned into practice.

If you already have a song that you have written, you can sign up to an optional additional session on the Saturday evening (from 6pm) where you will get an hour one to one with one of our professional songwriters who will critique your song, suggest improvements and give you a clearer picture of how to progress, both creatively and commercially. This is an additional cost of £50 and there are 9 slots available.

No knowledge of music production or ability to play an instrument is necessary as additional songwriter musicians will be on hand to work with the students. 


Adge Buffone was the guitarist and co-writer in the gold album-selling band Kubb. He was then signed as an artist to RCA (Sony) before moving into songwriting and production. He has toured with Pink, worked with Enrique Iglesias and collaborated with some of the UKs top producers, including Youth (The Verve) and Hugh Padgham (Sting).

Singer-songwriter Gerard O'Connell was signed as an artist to Island Records before moving into songwriting. He went on to become an in-house songwriter with pop production outfit, Xenomania where he worked with a variety of artists including The Wanted, The Saturdays, Kylie Minogue and Diana Vickers.

Cass Lowe is a writer, multi instrumentalist, singer and producer, published by SonyATV/EMI. He has worked across a wide variety of styles and genres, with people including Backstreet Boys, Alison Moyet, Guy Chambers, Madeon, Ronan Keating, Ludovico Einaudi, Jimmy Hogarth and Martin Terefe.


Guest tutor will be Ivor Novello and Brit award-winning songwriter Nick Hodgson, the lead songwriter and drummer of Kaiser Chiefs.  Together they released four studio albums and had a number one hit with the song 'Ruby'. Nick left the band in 2012 to concentrate on songwriting and production.  He has also written songs for artists such as Shirley Bassey, Mark Ronson and Duran Duran



Dates:  Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May 2013

Timings: 10.00am–5.00pm

Location: The Guardian, 90 York Way, King's Cross, London N1 9GU

Course price: £500 (inclusive of VAT, booking fee, lunch and refreshments) or £550 (with added ono-to-one tuition)

Number of places: 24

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N1 9GU London
United Kingdom

Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 5:00 PM

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Masterclasses offer a broad range of short and long courses across a variety of disciplines from creative writing, journalism, photography and design, film and digital media, music and cultural appreciation.

Harnessing the expertise and specialisms within the organisation, our courses are led by first class and award winning guardian professionals whilst also drawing on the skills and expertise of other leading figures at the forefront of the creative and digital industries.

The programme is aimed at anyone interested in personal or professional development whether that be refining your skills, focusing your ambition or simply broadening your mind and gaining inspiration.

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