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Taking Songwriting to the next level

Charlie Dore

Kirkgate Arts is offering songwriters an outstanding opportunity to develop their skills with a week-long course led by internationally acclaimed musician Charlie Dore.

The week of intensive tuition and development at The Kirkgate Centre, in Cockermouth, will begin Monday 25th February and finishes with a final evening performance in the Kirkgate Theatre on Friday 1st March.

Participants will experience a variety of skills workshops to help hone their craft, and will get the opportunity to write and record demos. There will be sessions on vocal technique and on writing for screen from special guest tutors. At the end of the week, participants will be able to show off their work in a public performance, also featuring a guest spot from Charlie Dore.

Charlie is one of the UK’s most respected songwriters. Her songs have won two ASCAP awards, an Ivor Novello nomination, both the Overall Grand and the Folk Prize from the International Acoustic Music Awards and Album of the Year from the US Indie Acoustic Project. While her own albums favour her more eclectic/roots leanings, she is one of a handful of UK writers to achieve success across many genres, indicated by the range of artists to have recorded her songs, including Tina Turner, George Harrison, Celine Dion and Jimmy Nail, notching up along the way a UK No 1, a US No 4 and Top 10 hits across Europe. She has also composed for three BBC drama series and two films. Her own hit, Pilot of the Airwaves is still a worldwide radio favourite.

“A gift for melody, brave, poignant, entertaining, original” Guardian ★★★★

‘A songwriter of exceptional talent…what singles Dore out from the rest is her lyrics. One of the UK’s most original talents.’ Rock&Reel

Anybody interesting in joining the course can find more details and an application form at

Fees for the week are £185.00, and the application deadline is Monday 28 January.

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