The Songwriting Charity

Music Production // Education for The Nathan Timothy Foundation (Songwriting Charity) (Aug 2013)

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I have been lucky to spend some time doing some freelance work with The Nathan Timothy Foundation (aka the Songwriting Charity), helping groups of 11 year olds to write ‘One Song In One Day’ as part of summer schools in the North West of England.

The groups ranged from 12 to 30 kids, and my role has been to help them to generate, perform and record lyrics, melodies and raps from scratch in just a few hours, which were then taken away to form a song. These songs were available to load within a few hours on Soundcloud.

I have worked in music education for many years now, including some recent composition work with kids for Rowbot Street Films. It never ceases to amaze me that, given the same brief – in this case a celebration of sports and sporting success inspired by London 2012 – groups of young people working together can come up with such varied ideas, creating quite different songs each time. Certainly, the producer on the day can influence the style, tempo and finished product, but the vast majority, if not all of the ideas come from the participants. Both Chris Hughes from Oscillate Studio and Samuel Ferry¬†from Liverpool did a great job of recording the kids in sometimes noisy classrooms, and although they’re always likely to be a little rough around the edges, the songs turned out great. Below are a couple of my favourites from the sessions, and hopefully there will be more to come in the future.

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