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April Songwriting Series – Session 1

Sunday 2 Apr 10am–5pm, 2017

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£45 for one day workshop (including roast lunch), or £150 for all four Sundays!

Creative Communities 2017 Programme

Have you ever had the desire to write a song or develop your songwriting, or always wanted to write a novel or play, or create your own dance piece, design your own craft piece or new art work? Over the months of Jan, April, July and October Halsway Manor is excited to introduce a new series of community workshops. These are aimed at those who are new to the craft or who have created pieces but want to develop their skills and meet like minded people.

Each month will focus on a new art form with four Sunday workshops running from 10am until 5pm. Each day workshop runs as a stand-alone session but combines to form part of a series covering different elements each time. You can book in for one session or ideally for all four to complete the series. Alongside this we even have a separate programme of special evening events to showcase local creative artists to act as further inspiration and which are open to the general public.

April: The Songwriting Series

This second series is open to all those who want to write their first song or who have already written songs but want to develop their craft. It is open to all levels of musicians and non musicians alike as the course is designed for individuals to explore, develop and create their own work. The series will cover genre & form, lyric writing and melody, collaboration, and character writing. By the end of the series you will have written at least four new songs.

Session 1: Genre & Form – Find out about and write in different song styles to explore your own musical boundaries. April 2nd 2017
Session 2: Lyric writing & Melody – Melody or Lyrics where to start? How to edit your own work to get the best song April 9th 2017
Session 3: Writing from a character – Explore the playwright in you and write from a different voice. April 23rd 2017
Session 4: Collaboration – Nervous to write with others? Some of the best songs you will write will be collaborations. April 30th April

Tutor: Rachel Dawick www.racheldawick.com

Rachel’s recent album ‘The Boundary Riders’ was finalist for Best NZ Folk Album 2015 and showcased in London at the BEAM festival of new emerging British Musical Theatre in March 2016. With a Masters Degree in Songwriting (Bath Spa University) and over 12 years of working as a professional artist and running songwriting workshops in schools, libraries, and festivals across New Zealand Rachel brings her international experience to West Somerset.

Cost per session £45 or all four £150 pounds! 10am – 5pm with a roast lunch included!

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