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Composing with Found Lyrics

with Ian Ross and Nadine Lee

Join Wise Children’s Director of Music, Ian Ross, and Musical Director Nadine Lee, to explore lyrics, music and storytelling for theatre. You will learn how text can be deconstructed, subverted and enhanced by different musical techniques. We will explore questions such as whether the key of a piece of music might affect its meaning, or if thrash metal could ever be a convincing love song. The course will give an insight into how a theatre composer conceives, communicates and develops their ideas.

We're looking for brilliant musicians, with little or no experience composing for theatre, who are ready to begin their journey into musical creation.

Applications for Composing with Found Lyrics are now closed, but you can still attend the Webinar.

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Dates - Thursday 25th June to Monday 6th July. The course will comprise 9 hours of contact time on Zoom, plus time spent working independently on projects.

Click here for the provisional timetable.

Price* - £135 (includes membership to the Wise Children Club), with free places available

About the course leaders

Ian Ross

Ian is Wise Children's Director of Music.


Theatre as Composer includes: Wise Children (Wise  Children, Old Vic and UK Tour); Twelfth Night (Shakespeare’s Globe); The Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk (Kneehigh). 


Theatre as Performer and Music Director includes: Wise Children (Wise Children, Old Vic and UK Tour); The Red Shoes, Don John, The Wild Bride, Tristan and Yseult, Dead Dog in a Suitcase, The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk (Kneehigh).

Ian is an Associate Artist of Kneehigh.

Nadine Lee
Ian Ross

Nadine Lee

Nadine is performing in Wise Children's upcoming production of Wuthering Heights.

Nadine is a Musical Director, drummer, bass player and singer/songwriter. The range of artists & composers Nadine has worked with includes: Wise Children, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Annie Lennox, Stephen Warbeck, Jack Thorne, Cece Winans (USA recording artist), Ekklesia (UK recording artist), London Community Gospel Choir, Lamar, Jamilia, Bryan McFaden, Katie Mueller and P Diddy.

*The School for Wise Children is committed to making theatrical training accessible and offers at least 50% of our places for free to those who would not be able to train otherwise. Due to our funding, we are unable to offer free places to those outside the UK. You need to be aged 18 or older to participate in a School for Wise Children course. 

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