Songwriting Workshops

As part of our efforts to enable young people to reflect on war and conflict in all forms, we offer free songwriting workshops to schools (or other education providers) lasting 1.5 - 2hrs. Songwriting workshops are subject to availability. If you would like to request a free songwriting workshop email us on enquiries@neversuchinnocence.com.

We work with two brilliant practitioners to facilitate children and young people to create their own Songs of the Centenary.  Marty Longstaff (The Lake Poets) is based in Sunderland, and Bethzienna Williams (Runner Up of The Voice 2019!) is based in Cardiff.  Over the last two years, both have travelled far and wide bringing the project to young people. Both Marty and Bethzienna are professional singer-songwriters as well as being trained teachers.

Writing songs is an exciting endeavour which can reinforce and stimulate children to express themselves freely through music.  We find that using songwriting techniques enables pupils to express thoughts and feelings about conflict in a new way, to engage creatively with a challenging topic, and create something they can all feel truly proud of.

In previous years, songwriting workshops have led to groups winning prizes in the competition!  Hasting Hill Academy and Lossiemouth High School both worked with Marty on their brilliant songs, and Ysgol y Tywn worked with Bethzienna on ‘Colourful World’.

Bethzienna working with pupils from St. Gerard’s School at RAF Valley, Anglesey

Bethzienna working with pupils from St. Gerard’s School at RAF Valley, Anglesey

The project will:

  • Connect the music and English curriculum's which will enhance the standards of literacy particularly creative writing

  • Add to your pupils’ emotional well-being programme

  • Give pupils an opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings

  • Give pupils an opportunity to perform their own composition(s)

The workshops will:

  • Give pupils opportunities to work with music professionals

  • Develop songwriting skills

  • Develop free compositions, lyrical ideas, melodies, instrumentation

  • Deepen knowledge and understanding