Do you write music and lyrics? Are you interested in exploring the craft of writing for music theatre? This course will give you the opportunity to sharpen skills, develop fresh ideas and learn from the industry's best, through an intensive week-long residential retreat for young writers and composers (aged 16-25) led by highly experienced professionals in their field - unlock your creative inspiration!

What is the Young Writers and Composers Course

A six-night, fully-residential programme. Each day will be made up of small group sessions or one-to-one tutorials run by professional musical theatre writers who are also experienced workshop leaders.

We will explore core principles in writing music, lyrics and script (‘book’ or libretto) with all participants, and there will also be sessions in which you choose one of those three areas in which to specialise for the week.

Our definition of music theatre is open to all styles of music: Alternative, Blues, Classical, Dance, Electronic, Folk, Gospel, Hip-hop, Indie, Jazz and every other letter of the alphabet! It includes chamber opera, experimental music theatre, and Broadway-style musicals as well as plays or physical theatre with significant musical elements. Part of the inspiration of the week will be the creative partnerships and friendships you can develop with other participants, who may have different writing influences and styles.

You will have the chance to work with BYMT Alumni performers and at the end of the week there will be a short informal sharing of participants’ work with an invited audience of parents, friends and BYMT supporters. That will not be the main focus of the week, however, which is about developing your skills for the future.

Who can apply?

Anyone aged 16 to 25, from any background and level of experience. We invite applicants from any part of the country and abroad.

Maybe you write songs, poetry, spoken word, sketches… Maybe you sing, play or perform your own material. Maybe you have already written a musical - or you want to try the challenge for the first time. You may already have a passion for one particular music genre – or maybe you want to explore new possibilities. We welcome participants who want to write in the style of shows they already admire, as well as those who want to write a kind of music theatre they have not yet seen.

Who are the Course Tutors?

Christopher Ash and Carl Miller wrote the 2018 Offie nominated Best Musical Wasted: ‘essential viewing if you’re interested in the future of the British musical’ (Whatsonstage).

Christopher and Carl will also be joined by various other visiting professionals.

Course Requirements

You will need a good understanding of spoken and written English as that is the language in which sessions will be run.


Godolphin School, Salisbury, Wiltshire.


Sunday 4th August to Saturday 10th August 2019. We start at 4pm on Sunday 4th and leave at 5pm on Saturday 10th.


BYMT courses are heavily subsidied by Arts Council England as well as various other brilliant funders, and as a not-for-profit organisation the course fees help us to cover our costs. The course fee covers full board accommodation, the highest quality tuition, and 24-hour pastoral care.

There are two ways you can pay your course fee: (1) In full OR (2) A deposit with three subsequent instalments.

Domestic students - £775 (deposit: £150), domestic is classified as British/Irish taxpayers.
Overseas students - £875 (deposit: £200), overseas is classified as non-British/Irish taxpayers, living outside UK or Ireland.

Please note:

We require a minimum of 12 applicants to run this course. We will make a decision on whether the course will run on Friday 31 May 2019 and will return all deposits in the unlikely event of the course not running.

You can also ring the office on 020 8563 7725 and book over the phone.