Elena Tonra | Daughter | Songwriters Circle | Institute of Contemporary Music Performance

Event Details

Event date: 
23 April 2018
Event time: 
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Venue Address: 
Rosslyn Hill Chapel, NW3 1NG
We're very proud and excited to be welcoming back our Alumna and good friend, Elena Tonra (Daughter), for the final ICMP Songwriter’s Circle of the Academic Year.

Also joining the circle this month are graduate Ark and current students Cristina Llull, Akira Reid and Sergei Vartiainen. These writers' will present their songs and the stories around them reflecting the ethos behind the original Nashville writers’ rounds.

About Elena Tonra

Elena formed her band Daughter whilst studying songwriting at ICMP. Forming the band with fellow ICMP Alumnus Igor Haefeli, (who also studied Songwriting) and Remi Aguilella, (who studied a BMus in Popular Music Performance as a drummer). Some of the band's best loved songs, including ‘Youth’, were actually started at ICMP in the bands workshop sessions.

Elena has an exceptional and unique voice as a songwriter and the band’s work has gone on to receive great critical acclaim and commercial success, having in turn a strong influence on a whole new generation of alternative folk female songwriter’s.  The trio’s writing and arrangements, along with Igor’s innovative production, created an inspiring and innovative new sound who’s influence can now be heard across modern, electronic folk. Eight years on from their graduation, it is a pleasure and an honour for us at ICMP to look back on their success and host this special event with Elena.

I can’t wait to hear Elena play some of those songs for us again in their stripped back raw form, and hear her brand new material, at the lovely and atmospheric venue Rosslyn Hill Chapel. It should be a very special evening for our whole songwriting community.
Sophie Daniels, Head of Songwriting

Introducing ARK

We are very proud at ICMP of our legacy of graduating independent and authentic songwriting artists and, in-keeping with that theme, we also have new artist ARK, (and fellow ICMP Alumna), joining Elena and I on the round. Charlotte Clark, aka ARK, has recently released her first single which has already gone on to achieve over 1 million streams on Spotify. Charlotte creates beautiful and unique songs and we are, again, proud of her work and excited for her bright and independent future.

Completing the round... 

This month's Songwriters' Circle will be hosted by ICMP's Head of Songwriting Sophie Daniels and will also feature three of our current BA (Hons) Songwriting students, Cristina Llull (Year 2), Akira Kikucha (Year 2)and Sergei Vartiainen (Year1). All of whom are working hard to develop their own unique voices.

The evening should be a lot of fun with some fantastic songs and a night to remember!

About Songwriters' Circle

Lifting the veil on songwriters today, this writers round is a truly unique experience.

Do you love to discover new talent or listen to the finest stripped back songs? Then come along to London's fastest growing Songwriting event where Songsmiths reveal how and why their lyrics came to be. Taking place in an intimate setting, the audience gets an exclusive listen to well known hit songs stripped back sung by the writers themselves as well as new material from the most talented, up and coming, songwriting students in the UK.

Hosted by our tutors (which include a Mercury Music Prize Nominee and No 1 UK writers and artists), and featuring an exciting line-up of successful alumni along with ICMP student artists and our fantastic line up of special guests... you never know who you'll meet!

Open to all, the Songwriters' Circle attracts musicians, music lovers and industry alike. This is a unique blend of people coming together for one evening along with stunning songs and the stories around them, this is an experience you won't forget.
Please join us for a night of diverse songwriting.

Free for ICMP Students - ICMP ID Required
£10 General Admission
Limited Capacity