Event Details

Event date: 
10 January 2017
Event time: 
Venue Address: 
Proud Camden

Renowned english songwriter Ed Harcourt will be 'In Conversation' with an ICMP tutor, discussing his work and career, and sharing advice and experience for aspiring songwriters and artists.

Attendees will have the chance to hear his work and ask questions of their own.

Following the Masterclass, Ed will take part in the Songwriters' Circle, hosted by tutor Oli Rockberger and featuring ICMP students Katie Wilkinson (1st Year BASW), Aislin Evans (2nd Year BASW), Jordanshawmusic (3rd Year BASW) and Hakeem (MA Songwriting).

Depending on who you speak to, you will hear that Ed Harcourt was raised by wolves, he grew up in a Russian orphanage or discover that he was once part of a travelling circus, which perhaps explains his Coulrophobia. Truth is, he was born in the seventies (“the year punk broke, days before The King was dead”), and lived with his parents in East Sussex. Over the years, he has become a well-read, well-dressed, well-travelled English gent and a songwriter of some repute. 

Of his six albums to date, one was Mercury nominated and the rest have picked up an array of blush-inducing plaudits from the music press. He’s composed film scores, toured with the likes of REM, Wilco and Snow Patrol, performed with everyone from Patti Smith to Nick Cave, and his CV is littered with co-writing credits that include the likes of Paloma Faith and Lisa-Marie Presley. 

Most recently, he spent his 2014 working with Beth Ditto, Marianne Faithfull, Kathryn Williams and Ren Harvieu, played some piano for Lana Del Rey, as well as produced and co-written Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s new album, which was released in January 2014 and has been awarded a silver disc in the UK.

Taking a break from penning songs for pop starlets and orchestrating movie soundtracks, Ed recently returned with ‘Furnaces’ , the most ambitious and fully-realised album of his career, released August 2016. It’s a record shot through with an eloquent fury that stares deeply into the modern world and asks where we’re all heading. He finished 2016 by supporting the Music Venues Trust with a set at their FIGHTBACK gig at the Roundhouse in October and an Ed Harcourt & Friends benefit night for child refugees presented alongside The Flying Seagulls Project, before heading into rehearsals for a European Tour in February 2017.

Both the Masterclass and Songwriters' Circle are free to attend and open to ICMP students and public attendees alike. Please register in advance for the Masterclass via Eventbrite.