Young Writers and Composers

Do you write music or lyrics? Discover the craft of writing for musical theatre with British Youth Music Theatre’s Young Writers and Composers Course.

A mind-expanding, week-long residential retreat for those wishing to develop skills and unlock their creative inspiration. Do you write songs, poetry, spoken word or sketches?  Do you sing, play or perform your own material? You may have already written a musical, or want to try the challenge for the first time. Whether you’re a newcomer wishing to explore, or have experience and want to develop further with our professional team, this course will cater to different levels.

Explore the principles of writing music, lyrics and script (book or libretto) with practical group sessions, individual tutorials and masterclasses led by highly experienced professional writers and composers. Includes the opportunity to workshop ideas and share your work and with the BYMT Alumni Performers.


Embrace the possibilities and breadth of musical styles available, choose your area of interest and focus: writing music, writing lyrics, writing book/script; or any combination of these. Form creative partnerships and observe the broad range of techniques and influences open to you.


British Youth Music Theatre courses are led by highly respected professionals in their field, giving participants the opportunity to experience learning from the industry’s best. Course leaders: Writer/Director Carl Miller and Composer/Musical Director Christopher Ash will be joined by special guests throughout the week.

Carl and Chris’ work has been produced across the country and internationally including at the National Theatre, The Other Palace, the Belgrade Coventry, Leeds Playhouse and Birmingham Rep. Their recent musical Wasted was described by WhatsOnStage as "essential viewing if you’re interested in the future of the British musical”. As a Musical Director for the Olivier Award winning improvisers The Showstoppers, Chris will also be bringing his experience in using improvisation for writing to the course.