ICMP’s Songwriters’ Circle is a monthly musical celebration hosted by our songwriting faculty.

The night originally started in the top room of nearby pub, The North London Tavern, and has proved to be a massive hit with students and music fans alike.

Not only does it offer students across all courses exclusive performance opportunities to play alongside some of popular music’s most respected and celebrated songwriters but gives attendees the chance to learn the stories behind the music in an intimate setting.

Led by ICMP’s experienced songwriting tutors, the night takes its inspiration from Nashville and the American musical mecca’s much-loved tradition of songwriting circles. In this ‘safe space’, performers can open up about their inspirations and influences, offering personal insight into their music and much, much more. 

Our events offer students and alumni the opportunities to perform alongside and rub musical shoulders with some of the industry’s biggest talents.

Recent guests have included Frank Turner, Ben Earle from UK country sensations The Shires, Bruno Major and Elena Tonra from Daughter, a hugely successful indie band formed while its various members studied at ICMP.

Past editions of the event have seen the likes of Ed Harcourt, acoustic duo The Dunwells and Island Records’ rising star Lauren Aquilina all play.

The night is held in various locations across London including Bush Hall and Rossyln Hill Chapel in Hampstead and is unique in offering attendees the chances to hear songs in their most stripped-back form.

Watch Elena Tonra from Daughter perform ‘Youth’  at a Songwriters’ Circle, a song originally written while she studied at ICMP. Look out for details of the next event... 

We are extremely proud of this event, which is the beating heart of the vibrant songwriting community we have built here at ICMP. It brings together students and graduates from across all years of the programme, our tutors and our industry friends, providing an opportunity to celebrate a love of song craft.

Jonathan Whiskerd
Head of Undergraduate Programmes


Singer | Vocalist | ICMP London

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