I organise and facilitate the London Songwriters Workshop and Songwriting Retreat group. After eleven years we now have around 5000 members.
Workshops have been held at least once a month in Central London or more recently online and are an enjoyable, informative mix of collaboration, craft presentation/discussion, networking, songshare and feedback.
We have occasional music industry guest speakers and collectively we have played events such as The Bloomsbury Festival and concerts for the Crisis At Christmas homeless charity for whom we have raised over £2000.
We also run highly affordable and productive Countryside Songwriting Retreats.
You can find us at www.LondonSongwriters.org
What they say:
“It was amazing!”
“Murray puts a lot of effort into running a smooth event making people of all abilities feel at ease and confident to play their new songs.”
“What a brilliant few hours spent sharing and writing and playing, thanks so much to everyone for a great Sunday….!!!!”
“Murray has the rare ability to make people feel both confident and comfortable at the same time…excellent stuff!”
Lyric and Melody Writing Evening Courses
These 3 and 4 part courses delve deeply into the techniques used by popular song from 100 years ago right up to the latest chart-topping hits. Booking Details are at www’LondonSongwriters.org
“Great presentations. Lots of really useful detailed information, delivered in a way that made it both fun and easy to understand.”
“I’ve taken 5 different workshops in the past 3 years & have never seen a facilitator approach this subject with such a straightforward method of analysing song structure in order to replicate successful writing techniques.”
I teach and facilitate countryside Songwriting Retreats. Here are some testimonials from the nine 2015-2017 events:
‘I have just been on a really fabulous retreat for songwriters 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.’ – Jess Gold
‘Hugely enjoyed the event. I’ve really re-discovered my love for music this week…and it’s given me a real focus going forward“ – Paul Brienza
“An extraordinarily stimulating and inspiring week, due in no small part to Murray’s guidance and vision. The thoughtful and challenging songwriting exercises...allowed participants to understand more about each other: an essential ingredient for shared songwriting activities! – Jane Kelson
“For anyone with even a hint of creativity, going on one of Murray’s Song Writing retreats will not only bring it out of you, but the atmosphere of the place, the support of everyone else and Murray’s gentle approach will turn it into a creative experience you won’t forget.” – Martyn Adams
Song Circle Workshops
I have also facilitated smaller group ‘Song Circle‘ workshops where we can analyse participants songs and share tips in more detail:
“I’m picking up so much information and tips at our sessions, its been fantastic. Thank you so much!”
“Murray has been working and inspiring us with his enthusiasm and knowledge for the last 5 sessions on songwriting, which as a group of songwriters has been of great value to us. He has encompassed our varying styles of writing with an encouraging and sensitive approach and given us informative hand out notes and homework after each session. We look forward to more sessions where we will continue to benefit from his teachings.” – Lesley Stone
If you are interested in the retreats or smaller group workshops please sign up for my Newsletter or get in touch!
I have also taught songwriting on a 1-2-1 basis. Please get in touch if you are interested in sessions to run some songs past me or to learn some songwriting theory at any level.
“The lesson was really great, looking forward to the next!” – Hubert Murray