PROJECTS

Nature Songs is back!

September to November 2022

We are delighted to confirm that we have received funding to run another Nature Songs project, starting in September 2022. This time we will be meeting in Northernhay Gardens, right in the centre of Exeter and easily accessible by train and bus. Over 8 weeks we will be singing songs about nature and carrying out fun poem and lyric writing activities using the park as our inspiration. The project is funded by Active Devon and is aimed at people who are 55+ and not currently very physically active. However, even if you are not in the target group, we may be able to offer you a (free) place – so please get in touch! Find out more and register by contacting amy@thesongwritingproject.co.uk

Nature Songs is back!

September to November 2022

We are delighted to confirm that we have received funding to run another Nature Songs project, starting in September 2022. This time we will be meeting in Northernhay Gardens, right in the centre of Exeter and easily accessible by train and bus. Over 8 weeks we will be singing songs about nature and carrying out fun poem and lyric writing activities using the park as our inspiration. The project is funded by Active Devon and is aimed at people who are 55+ and not currently very physically active. However, even if you are not in the target group, we may be able to offer you a (free) place – so please get in touch! Find out more and register by contacting amy@thesongwritingproject.co.uk

Exeter Book Songwriting Choir

Starting September 2022

We’re very excited that from September, The Songwriting Project will be collaborating with Jack Dean & Company to bring you The Exeter Book Songwriting Choir. Over 10 sessions we will have fun singing, and helping Jack to create, new music inspired by the Exeter Book – a 10th Century book of riddles and poems. You don’t need to have any singing or songwriting experience, or historical knowledge to take part, and we’d love you to join us. Click here for more information or to sign up: https://www.jackdean.co.uk/exeterbook

Exeter Book Songwriting Choir

Starting September 2022

We’re very excited that from September, The Songwriting Project will be collaborating with Jack Dean & Company to bring you The Exeter Book Songwriting Choir. Over 10 sessions we will have fun singing, and helping Jack to create, new music inspired by the Exeter Book – a 10th Century book of riddles and poems. You don’t need to have any singing or songwriting experience, or historical knowledge to take part, and we’d love you to join us. Click here for more information or to sign up: https://www.jackdean.co.uk/exeterbook

Nature Songs

January to March 2022

The first ever Nature Songs project took place in Bury Meadow Park, Exeter, in the Winter/Spring of 2022. Over 8 weeks we had loads of fun singing in the park and carrying out nature connection activities. Starting in January meant it was pretty chilly at times! But it was all worth it to see how the park transformed from Winter to Spring and to meet so many lovely new people.

The project was funded by Active Devon as part of their Connecting Actively to Nature (CAN) programme, supported by Sport England and the National Lottery.

Nature Songs

January to March 2022

The first ever Nature Songs project took place in Bury Meadow Park, Exeter, in the Winter/Spring of 2022. Over 8 weeks we had loads of fun singing in the park and carrying out nature connection activities. Starting in January meant it was pretty chilly at times! But it was all worth it to see how the park transformed from Winter to Spring and to meet so many lovely new people.

The project was funded by Active Devon as part of their Connecting Actively to Nature (CAN) programme, supported by Sport England and the National Lottery.

"Sing in the Park" for Naturally Healthy May

May 2021

As lockdown eased, we organised a Covid-safe session in the local park for members of the Duryard Songwriting Project, and anyone else who wished to join us. As the song we had written was all about nature and Spring, it was wonderful to sing it in the environment which had inspired us, even if we had to dodge the rain clouds! This session was supported by Active Devon as part of their Naturally Healthy May campaign.

"Sing in the Park" for Naturally Healthy May

May 2021

As lockdown eased, we organised a Covid-safe session in the local park for members of the Duryard Songwriting Project, and anyone else who wished to join us. As the song we had written was all about nature and Spring, it was wonderful to sing it in the environment which had inspired us, even if we had to dodge the rain clouds! This session was supported by Active Devon as part of their Naturally Healthy May campaign.

Duryard Songwriting Project

March to April 2021

The Duryard Songwriting Project was designed to bring together the community in a remote part of Exeter, in a creative way, while we were in lockdown. We met online, but were able to create bonds and friendships that could transfer to “real life” as Covid restrictions eased. Our chosen theme was Spring, particularly as it was experienced in Duryard and during the pandemic. At the end of the project we held an online celebration of Spring, inviting friends and family. It was commissioned by Exeter Northcott Theatre as part of their Get Creative programme.

“We’ve all really enjoyed the project. Thank you to you, I can’t believe you have got me to record myself singing – never thought that would happen!”​

UP-DATE: In 2022, Amy, Bee and Cath were interviewed about the Duryard Songwriting Project as part of a programme about women, singing and nature created by Jen Grove of Dreadnought SW. It was broadcast on Phonic FM on 8/3/22 for International Women’s Day. You can listen by clicking the play button below:

Duryard Songwriting Project

March to April 2021

The Duryard Songwriting Project was designed to bring together the community in a remote part of Exeter, in a creative way, while we were in lockdown. We met online, but were able to create bonds and friendships that could transfer to “real life” as Covid restrictions eased. Our chosen theme was Spring, particularly as it was experienced in Duryard and during the pandemic. At the end of the project we held an online celebration of Spring, inviting friends and family. It was commissioned by Exeter Northcott Theatre as part of their Get Creative programme.

“We’ve all really enjoyed the project. Thank you to you, I can’t believe you have got me to record myself singing – never thought that would happen!”​

UP-DATE: In 2022, Amy, Bee and Cath were interviewed about the Duryard Songwriting Project as part of a programme about women, singing and nature created by Jen Grove of Dreadnought SW. It was broadcast on Phonic FM on 8/3/22 for International Women’s Day. You can listen by clicking the play button below:

Lockdown Songwriting Project

June to July 2020

At the height of the pandemic, I worked with a small group of strangers, from all over the country, through a series of online sessions. Together we wrote and recorded a song and video about our experiences of the Covid-19 lockdown. Participants said they found the process both enjoyable and cathartic during those troubled times. The video shows the results! 

“Just wanted to say a huge thank you for letting me be a part of this. If we’ve achieved nothing else in lockdown, we’ve made something special!”

Lockdown Songwriting Project

June to July 2020

At the height of the pandemic, I worked with a small group of strangers, from all over the country, through a series of online sessions. Together we wrote and recorded a song and video about our experiences of the Covid-19 lockdown. Participants said they found the process both enjoyable and cathartic during those troubled times. The video shows the results! 

“Just wanted to say a huge thank you for letting me be a part of this. If we’ve achieved nothing else in lockdown, we’ve made something special!”

If Walls Could Talk

March to July 2014

This was an oral history project rather than songwriting, but I hope to combine the two in the future! “If Walls Could Talk” focused on peoples’ memories of the buildings in the Park District, Weymouth. I held workshops, memory sessions and one to one interviews with elderly residents, and gathered information online from people who had moved away from the area. A key focus of the project was to help reduce social isolation and to increase a sense of pride in the local community. At the end of the project, we held a 1950s themed tea party to celebrate and gave guided tours of the area, led by a local character actor. We also produced a booklet containing the stories and memories we uncovered, which you can download here, for free.

If Walls Could Talk

March to July 2014

This was an oral history project rather than songwriting, but I hope to combine the two in the future! “If Walls Could Talk” focused on peoples’ memories of the buildings in the Park District, Weymouth. I held workshops, memory sessions and one to one interviews with elderly residents, and gathered information online from people who had moved away from the area. A key focus of the project was to help reduce social isolation and to increase a sense of pride in the local community. At the end of the project, we held a 1950s themed tea party to celebrate and gave guided tours of the area, led by a local character actor. We also produced a booklet containing the stories and memories we uncovered, which you can download here, for free.