Earlier this year I was honoured to have the wisdom and talent of Ivor Novello winning songwriter Pete Kirtley mentoring me. Pete has had seven number 1 hits worldwide including Hear’Say’s number 1 hit Pure and Simple which at the time was the fastest selling debut single of all time in the UK after Hear’Say won the ITV show PopStars.
Pete and I enjoyed regular Zoom calls (sadly the pandemic meant we couldn’t meet face to face) and Pete gave constructive feedback on my work and helped me find ‘my lane’. Getting to learn from Pete also meant I was set deadlines and so my productivity went through the roof. I played so much smoke was coming off the piano keys! Well nearly. I also learnt about taking my voice and piano playing more seriously. I’m exercising my voice much more now and I’ve returned to playing scales and arpeggios on the piano every day. I wish someone could have explained to me as a child what the reason was for practicing your scales every day. I might have approached it differently then instead of just seeing it as a chore.
As a result Pete’s support I am now at the final mixing stages of my new pop EP and a whole album of classical piano and cello works written with TV and film in mind. Watch this space! In the meantime, thank you to Pete for your generosity and encouragement! You’re a bloody ledge!
G’day and guess what? The Aussies have been listening to my music. My piano and strings piece ‘Please Forgive Me’ has been regularly used on their current affairs show A Current Affair Saturday! Here’s the music if you fancy a listen…https://soundcloud.com/charlotteevemusic/please-forgive-me
Follow The Sun written and performed on the piano by Charlotte Eve was recently featured in Channel 4’s Great Hotel Escape. Listen to the full song here – a beautiful pop song with a piano accompaniment on the Bechstein grand piano weaving a cyclical melody around the vocals.
Due to the success of the Lockdown Songwriting Camp that Charlotte recently ran over Zoom, a new date has been set for The Lockdown Songwriting Camp II. It’s another chance for you to immerse yourself in songwriting for three days, learn new tricks, discover new sides to your songwriting and share and bounce ideas off other songwriters – all from the comfort of your own home.
Participants found the remote teaching worked really well and even resulted in more productivity than a residential course might have done. They enjoyed having all their instruments and songwriting tools to hand and the comforts of being at home. And sharing music was a more relaxed experience over Zoom as well.
Everyone wrote at least 3 completed songs over the 3 days and they were fired up with new ideas and inspiration by the end of the course.
Since the course is being run remotely over Zoom it means the cost is considerably less than a residential course at just £90 per person.
The lockdown inspired Charlotte Eve to run her songwriting workshops over Zoom instead of face to face on a residential course and it has transpired that the creativity and productivity are even enhanced with this new remote format. It’s really works well and there’s less hang overs too since you’re not propping up the bar into the early hours with fellow songwriters!
Book on the Lockdown Songwriting Camp II which runs over 3 days starting on Monday 29th June and be amazed at the songs inside you when you’re given good brief and tight deadline! With a maximum of 6 songwriters on the course booking early is advised. For more info and a booking form please email firstname.lastname@example.org
So the first ever Lockdown Songwriting Camp took place earlier this week. I hadn’t run a songwriting course over Zoom before and I was interested to see how effective it would be. The great news is that it was just as creatively inspiring and productive for everyone involved as it would have been face to face. In fact participants enjoyed having all their instruments and recording gear to hand at home. On a residential course it would be impossible to have all your songwriting tools and instruments with you. The virtual format over Zoom also took the pressure off people performing – it was a more chilled affair and some people chose to record themselves on the iPhone or even in Logic and then email over MP3s when sharing music. Over the three days everyone came up with at least 3 new superb songs each and everyone found the challenge of writing to brief and on a tight timescale made them more productive and also elicited songs in new styles for them. So overall there were a lot of benefits of running a course over Zoom, with potentially more creativity, the convenience of being at home, and of course a much smaller price tag. The virtual course was just £90 per person for the whole three days. The only thing that was missing was probably the beer and wine that would have otherwise been drunk together in the evenings if we’d all been together on a residential songwriting course. But the lack of hangovers probably made everyone even more productive. We’ll all be staying in touch and it was such a success the Lockdown Songwriting Camp II is now launched and taking place for three days from Monday 29th June 2020. Book now to reserve your place. Email email@example.com for more info and request a booking form. Places are limited to 6 people so book asap. Cost is £90 per person.
Really pleased with my five new piano and voice and cello acoustic songs released this weekend for use in film and TV. https://getmusic.boostmusic.com/album/108c3fea34cf433e?fbclid=IwAR3AGrB5E_CesomPRl-8d2IgSSB07y_JYv_x5cdvfYl3pISG0zZNPDxffoU