Although best known as one of the UK’s most respected songwriters, Charlie enjoys a multi-faceted career that includes acting in film,TV & radio, comedy-improvisation, writing for radio and composition for film and TV.
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 in 2012 Best Album Lyrics from the Indy Acoustic Project for her album Cheapskate Lullabyes.
Known for her bittersweet, often quietly subversive lyrics, she is one of a handful of UK writers to have success across many genres, defined by the range of artists to have covered her songs, including Tina Turner, George Harrison, Lisa Stansfield, Paul Carrack, Ricky Ross, Celine Dion and Jimmy Nail, notching up along the way a UK No 1, US No 4, No 11 for her own Pilot of the Airwaves and hits in Italy, Germany, France and Israel. She has just released her 9th album, Dark Matter, and is touring across the UK throughout 2017-18.
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CHARLIE DORE & MATILDA THORPE’S IMPROBABLE WORKSHOP
USING IMPROVISATION TO ACCESS YOUR MOST ORIGINAL IDEAS, SACK YOUR INNER CRITIC AND HACK INTO YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS TO STEAL ALL THE BEST BITS FOR YOUR FINEST SONGS.
This day is designed for songwriters who want to challenge themselves and are prepared to explore and experiment with different ways of working which are the absolute antithesis of formula. There’s no right or wrong, no reviews, no prizes – just a day we hope will help you blast through your preconceptions to access your most original ideas. The very nature of improvisation dictates that it happens in the moment, so this session is a one-off where we invite you to experiment, to relish the freedom to come up with a terrible song in order to come up with something great later on. To put yourself in an environment where you can completely accept all the unconscious stuff that comes to you from the inner workings of your brilliant mind. How you use it afterwards is down to you! Be prepared to fail gloriously – you’re in safe hands.
Some of our most creative work is actually achieved when we take our hands off the wheel for a while. When you allow yourself to stop trying so hard, a strange thing happens. Your brain carries on without you…
There’s a goldmine of unique ideas waiting quietly in your subconscious – and with a little encouragement and a experienced guide they could be working for you to give you a brilliantly clever angle you didn’t even know you had in you. Robin Williams called it The Bing Moment. Literally when your brain lights up, Bing! and you run with that idea, because it feels right.
Matilda and Charlie have many years of improvisation experience between them, both as performers in their own right and co-founders of London West End comedy-impro venue The Hurricane Club and as mentors and teachers.
“We don’t promise you’ll end the day having written your first No 1 but we confidently predict you’ll know a lot more about where to dig for the good stuff, the real gold – and in the process we guarantee there’ll be several revelations you could never have expected… and along the way, a lot of hilarity. “
*Bring an instrument if you play one. If not, just an elasticated brain will be fine.
Matilda is an actress, writer and Improviser. Currently playing the mother of Rupert Grint in Sky’s new comedy, ‘Sick Note’, other television includes Mandy in Channel 4’s long running series, Desmonds, BBC series of Robin Hood, How to be a little Sod, with Rik Mayall and appearances among others in Rosemary and Thyme, The Bill, Holby, Casualty, Eastenders, and Bad Girls.
Thank you so much for this weekend, really was such a fantastic experience. I’ve learnt so much that I wasn’t able to sleep all last night thinking about it.
Just had an amazing mentoring session with Danny Roberts. He knows his stuff. So much for me to go away and get started on!
Very engaging, high energy and motivating content and delivery. I would highly recommend to anyone.
Just when I thought it could not get any more inspirational, I have another mentoring session with Luc Floreani!
Great mentoring session with Luc Floreani last night! Really encouraging and so many good tips for upcoming events!
Feeling thoroughly inspired after a mind-blowing chat with Luc Floreani of Floreani Management. So thankful that he’s willing to share his enthusiasm and give me some new ideas.
Had a great and informative mentoring session with Mark Cawley, nice guy, had some interesting left of field ideas for me to try. Thanks Mark
Wonderful uplifting day restoring faith in my path
Feeling so blessed to be a part of this songwriting family! Thank you for creating this wonderful community, a place for us all to be creative, passionate, supportive and talented!
Great first mentoring session with Martin. Really encouraging, helpful in establishing focus and with so many things to takeaway.
Absolutely brilliant! Informative, fun, engaging, great opportunity to network with like-minded people. Great atmosphere!
Dominic King… Absolutely Inspirational!!!! Almost did not take up this session, wanted to play it save, but thank God I didn’t !!! Risk aversion you’re a bloody thief. Thanks
Just had my first mentoring session with Martin Sutton, what an amazing experience, so grateful and ready to face my first exercise. Thank you Martin.
10/10 Excellent! Really informative and enjoyable
So enjoyed my mentoring session with Mark Cawley yesterday – from now on I will be hanging out in bookshops looking shady – thanks mark x
Great atmosphere and great for meeting other writers
Just had a fantastic mentoring session with Martin, my first on my platinum membership! Feel completely boosted and grinning away ready to take this year by the horns! Positivity all the way
Another incredible mentoring session with Charlie Dore tonight! Really great feedback. So so much to work on and a good challenge but excited to get working on it!
When I look back to last April, when I attended TSA’s Introduction to Songwriting, my life has changed immensely for the better
Fantastic mentoring session with Martin Sutton today, thank you Martin! Great feedback as always
Absolutely amazing, inspirational, insightful session today
rocket fuel for the soul
Just finished an awesome mentoring session with Charlie Charlie Dore what an inspiration you are Charlie. Thank you for all the excellent advice and guidance.
The passion of all the lecturers was amazing to see. The sharing of their life experiences that enabled them to get a career in the industry was inspirational and has made me reinforce in my mind it’s truly possible for me!
I’m so freaking excited to be on this songwriting retreat!! Have written with some awesome people so far and have created some beautiful songs already! Yesterday’s was incredibly emotional
Great organisation and inspiring evening
I was going to write “you can’t beat Martin Sutton”, but that would sound all wrong. 🙂 So just saying am very happy with mentor session from Superstar Sutton. Virtual hugs all round.
10/10 – Excellent and superbly presented, fulfilling, educational and inspiring
I am SO totally buzzed that I took the plunge and committed to this program!
Just completed my first mentoring session with Mr Martin Sutton … got direction .. critique ..structure .. ongoing goals and targets …lots of advice and a real motivation boost !!! AWESOME !!!
Such a great day enjoyed meeting everyone and learned so much!
Just had an amazing mentoring session with Charlie Dore. Great suggestions and inspiration, along the lines of possibly becoming a ‘superwoman’!
10/10 – The one day course far exceded my expectations. Full of useful information backed up by eveidence. Would highly recommend to anyone interested in the process of writing a song
I’ve finally found myself and my confidence has come back! That is down to what The Songwriting Academy has done for me and given me the boost I needed. I can’t thank you enough
If I hadn’t have come I don’t think I would have believed in myself. you and the course have inspired me and sparked something inside of me to pursue my dream.
The day went far too quickly
Special people. Thank you all for some beautiful and amazing times
I also had a great 1:1 session with Charlie Dore. Very helpful practical advice and thoroughly lovely person 🙂
Excellent thought provoking and inspirational
epic PR mentoring session with Luc Floreani last night!!!!!