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Songwriting Workshop

Songwriting Workshop: Paul Jarman

Sat 1 - Sun 2 July 2023  |  2-day workshop

Experience the magic of songwriting with one of Australia’s leading choral composers

Explore and delve into the wonderful world of songwriting with your mentor, Paul Jarman. In this intimate, creative workshop, get inspiration from the beautiful surroundings of kunanyi /Mount Wellington as you create and share stories and songs.   

This workshop will include an open dialogue of how we write songs. Paul will look at the elements in the songwriters’ toolbox including the nuts and bolts of composing, melodic nuances, finding inspiration and mind set, and integrity in storytelling.

“By nature, he can’t help but inspire, not only with his compositions which have a way of challenging every singer to be a better person; but also with his contagious passion, his sincere love of people from all walks of life and his limitless energy.” – Julie Christiansen OAM


Paul Jarman

Paul Jarman is a frequent guest to the Festival of Voices as a composer, conductor, clinician, presenter and MC extraordinaire! Over the years, the festival has commissioned and premiered several works written or co-written by Paul. He has touched the lives of thousands of festival goers with his boundless and infectious joy and enthusiasm for all things choral music.

Paul is most well known as a lyricist and composer of choral music, a world music multi instrumentalist, and a facilitator of community inspired collaborations. Paul has written over 200 commissioned works for ensembles, festivals and events including Gondwana Voices, Sydney Children’s Choir, Birralee Voices, The Song Company, Boston City Singers, Rafiki Youth Choir, The Australian Boy’s Choir, The Hunter singers, Department of Education, Woden Valley Youth Choir and many more. His unique blend of melody and timeless poetry celebrates the human endeavour and has captured the imagination of singers and audiences worldwide. He has been commissioned to write music about some of the most inspiring people of our time including Jessica Watson, Terry Fox, Helen Keller, Ernest Shackleton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Pemulwuy and Mary MacKillop among countless others.

Image credit: Kylee Bijou

Workshop Fee

Full Price – $195

*A booking fee of $3.00 applies, plus a 2.2% basket fee which will be calculated at check-out. 


Sat 1 July – Sun 2 July
2 – Day Workshop

Workshop Suitability

Anyone with an interest in the craft of songwriting will find inspiration in this workshop. Participants are encouraged to bring instruments with them to the venue. Workshop is limited to 15 places to ensure an intimate workshop experience.

Workshop Fee

The 2 day workshop fee is $195 and will cover Paul’s expert tuition, festival accreditation and specially negotiated accommodation rates.  

*A Booking Fee of $3.00 applies, plus a 2.2% Basket Fee which will be calculated at check-out. All bookings are non-refundable. You can find the full Conditions of Sale here.

VENUE: Fern Tree Tavern

Getting to the venue 


Guide Dog / Registered Assistance Animals welcome

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