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How do you create the music for the next hit TV show, film or video game? Learn about how you can write music that sets a scene, creates a mood and responds to a theme.

The third in a series of online music workshops for young musicians aged 13-19, who are interested in developing their skills and exploring new ways to make music. For more information about the other workshops in this series click here.

To find out more about our music business workshops for 13-19’s click here.

This session will be led by professional musicians and facilitators Phill Howley and Ellen Beth Abdi, and will happen online, via Zoom. If you have any questions please email lucy@brightersound.com or contact us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


About the guest artist

Natalie McCool is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and front woman. Her latest album ‘The Great Unknown’ was self-written, with 1st single ‘Dig It Out’ described as “a mesmerising lilt pop gem” in The Sunday Times, and 2nd single ‘Cardiac Arrest’ being immediately playlisted on BBC Radio 1. A vibrant, contemporary artist with quick-witted lyrics not only has she performed extensively across the UK with two headline album tours under her belt and appearances at Isle of Wight, Festival No. 6 & Kendal Calling, she has also played shows and festivals worldwide counting Europe (France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Denmark, Estonia, Croatia, Holland) and also South Korea, Japan, Russia and Australia. Visit her website for more info, or find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the workshop leaders

Phill Howley is a professional drummer, composer, producer and educator. Over the years he’s worked and recorded with a variety of bands and musicians, including Liz Green, Louis Barrabass, The Bedlam 6, Paddy Steer and most recently Manchester based ethio-trad, folk-hop band Honeyfeet. He’s also one fourth of the genre-defying Shyfinger. For the last 20 years Phill has worked as a Project Manager, Music Facilitator and Music Leader, and in that time has worked on a wide variety of projects with hugely diverse client groups of all ages.

Ellen Beth Abdi is a vocalist, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist from Manchester. Ellen completed a degree in vocals on the Popular Music course at the Royal Northern College of Music. In 2017, she was selected to be part of New Order’s 12 piece synth-orchestra for the band’s collaboration with Manchester International Festival and visual artist Liam Gillick ‘∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) so it goes…’, out of which came a Sky Arts documentary, a live album and a spot singing backing vocals on the subsequent European tour. Ellen also performed in the 2019 MIF production ‘The Nico Project’ with Maxine Peake and Sarah Frankcom. Ellen fronts Manchester’s ’22 legged afro party juggernaut’ Agbeko and is one of three lead singers in the seven piece band Kara. Ellen is currently training as a music facilitator with Brighter Sound.