Journeys and Connections


Inclusive • For all abilities

Mon – Thur 13th – 16th February 2023
11 – 18yrs  3pm – 5pm
The British Tea Museum, TN34 3EA

With Mike Willis, Ellie Thomson and Andy Mersh.

This will be a fun and collaborative experience creating a song. Songs live in an area of our brain which lasts longer in our memories – so you will have a fun memory for life.

You don’t need to have done any songwriting before or know how to play an instrument.

We will be exploring Journeys and Connections, which are themes we are already exploring for A Town Explores a Book and Science Week. There will be the opportunity to keep developing and then recording the song after the course.

The course is open to all, but priority for limited places will be given to young people who are neurodiverse*.

Please sign up using the form on this page.


There is an opportunity for neurodiverse young people to have some 1:2:1 songwriting support, either as an individual or as a band, prior to the course starting, from 1pm – 2.45 pm. At least one member of a band must be neurodiverse. The level of interest will depend on how much time you receive in the week. There will be the opportunity to have ongoing support if required.

Please complete the form. When you tick the box for neurodiversity, you will be given the option to book a 1:2:1 session and state friends/band members who have also signed up.

This course is funded by the Youth Music Fund with support from local charity Magdalen & Lasher.

*Neurodivergent is a way to describe people whose strengths and challenges are affected by any kind of difference that changes how their brains work. This can take many forms, such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, autism and ADHD, OCD, bipolar, social anxiety, sensory processing, rare genetic disorders, learning difficulties and others, and may vary in degree. We do not need a formal diagnosis.