Songwriting Workshop

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A comprehensive songwriting workshop with professional singer / songwriter / guitarists and teachers Elaine Samuels and Surya Cooper.



In this workshop participants:-


Learnt how to free their minds to access their inner creativity.


Found ways to realise their ideas and craft them into beautiful works of art.


Took a critical look at what makes a song great. 


There were practical exercises


Went home with the beginnings of their own, new song creation!



    "It was really fun and enjoyable and I feel I've learnt a lot. Thank you!"
                                                                                            - Rosie Dilworth

    "I enjoyed everything. Loved the 'step by step' guide to realizing ideas"
                                                                                            - Deb Prince

    "It was a good course. Thank you. Very 'hands on' / practical"
                                                                                            - Jen Prince

    "Thank you for a great workshop today! I'm so glad I took part"
                                                                                             - Olivia Flenley

  "I most enjoyed sharing ideas with other people and getting motivated / stimulated by this. No complaints at all."                                                                                               - Tim Gilby




 About the Teachers:

 Both Elaine and Surya have a weath of professional experience with attending courses, writing articles, teaching and  not least being "out there" gigging with their own material




 Elaine Samuels





 Elaine is primarily a singer / songwriter / guitar player, performing both solo and with her "Kindred Spirit" band. She  has appeared on television and radio, where she has been featured singing her own songs. She has also  appeared at important festivals and venues like Glastonbury, Guildford, the Marquee, Barbican and the Cavern Club,  in Liverpool. Elaine has run songwriting workshops, festivals and events, has been on professional songwriting  courses herself and is a member of PRS with a collection of her own original albums. You can read a more  comprehensive list of her work and achievements from the web link above.

"Elaine has a voice which can be both hauntingly beautiful & deeply emotional, coupled with a powerful stage  presence. Her material ranges from folk through to blues, but it is her rich repertoire of perceptive, intriguing self  penned songs combined with her guitar work which sets her apart”.  
 Rosie Upton, Bath Evening Chronicle

“Think the Brits can‘t deliver a terrific acoustic performance ? I‘ll show you something that‘ll make you change your  mind. Anyone venturing to England should check out an excellent acoustic artist, Elaine Samuels, working either  solo or front and center for her duo Kindred Spirit”.
 Tom Greenfield, 
USA Music Correspondent



 Surya Cooper





 Surya has been performing, composing and teaching for over 25 years and runs ukulele courses, singing groups,  and teaches individuals locally and other events nationally including residential weekends. She is a member of the  Natural Voice Practitioners Network, and is also a Yoga teacher.


 'You are a truly wonderful teacher and inspire great confidence in people like myself.  I never thought I could sing  and now I am thinking of joining a singing group' 
 Lynda Daroga - Co-ordinator Ham, Petersham & Richmond Friends of Shooting Star


 'Hi Surya, good luck with your voice workshops social enterprise.  You're an inspirational leader.  I think the d  difference is that you're genuinely involved - sharing things rather than 'teaching', which is great.  Good luck!! love  Shelia 
 Director of Transitions, London and fellow social entrepreneur!


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