Chance to write, record and release your own song

Posted: 3rd October 2017

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By: Heather Gallagher

Chance to write, record and release your own song

Budding young songwriters have the opportunity to work alongside professionals to write, record and release their own music as part of an exciting half term bootcamp in Burton.

Performing arts school StageScreen is organising the five-day course, from October 23-27, but it will be open to all under-18s not just pupils of the Saturday school.

The first three days of the course will be led by Chris Baldwin who plays professionally with bands Star From Ivy and Riding the Low. He also wrote music for the award-winning 2011 film Tyrannosaur, directed by Paddy Considine and starring Olivia Coleman.

The students will be starting from scratch on the Monday morning at 10am with a blank page. They will go on to learn about songwriting before creating their own song.

By day three, the songs will be complete and they will have the opportunity to record them on professional equipment.

Days four and five will be spent creating a music video to go with their song. This section of the course will be led by award-winning filmmaker Tilley Bancroft, of Red Door Studios, who was recently honoured by inclusion in the 2017 #SmallBiz100.

The finished videos will be released on StageScreen’s YouTube channel and professional vocal recordings will be released to SoundCloud.

StageScreen principal Heather Gallagher said: “I’m delighted to be bringing something fresh and new to the town and to have two amazing tutors. We are going to fit so much into the week that the benefits the students gain will be immense.”

The week-long course will take place at Unit 7, Moseley Business Park, Moseley Street, Burton DE14 1DW. The cost will be £125 and places can be booked on Eventbrite at

StageScreen teaches drama and comedy acting, musical theatre and film production and performance skills every Saturday morning in term time at the Burton Albion Community Hub, Grange Street, Burton on Trent, DE14 2ER. More information is available at