Songwriting in a nutshell!

Brighton SongLab brings basic songwriting to beginners in Brighton. We’ll arm you with the tips and tricks to start writing your own songs in any genre - whether you want to top the charts one day or write lullabies for toddlers. We firmly believe that anyone can write music and, more importantly, that everyone can have fun doing it.

The SongLabs are run by Katherine Stewart; local musician, songwriter and leader of the Free Brighton Choir.

Ready to start?

Want to embark on a 4-week songwriting course? Or a day-long SongJam crash-course?

Take a look at our courses…


Our First Songwriting course was a blast! - So we’ve decided to do it again…


SEP-OCT 2019 | EXETER STREET HALL, Seven dials | DISCOUNTS Available



I have been so inspired throughout this course. I have not songwritten or sung for years and after this course feel truly inspired to get it happening! Thank you, Katherine!
— Helen Usher, 'Absolute Beginners' student
I’ve been working with Katherine on various musical projects for several years now. As well as being an incredible songwriter, she’s passionate about bringing a love of music to folks of all ages and abilities and always goes above and beyond to deliver top quality content.

If you’re an aspiring musician or songwriter, or simply want to polish up the skills you already have, I highly recommend signing up for one of Katherine’s excellent courses.
— Vicki Workman, Croydon Guitar Tuition
I thoroughly recommend Katherine’s course if you are an aspiring songwriter. Katherine is incredibly engaging.
— Peter Counihan, 'Absolute Beginners' student
A fun and professional approach to teaching that brings out the best in us all - the lesson whizzes by!
— Karen (free brighton choir singer)

About Me

MY NAME IS Katherine

I’ve been writing songs since long before I could play an instrument - and performing since I was 13.

I’ve been playing guitar and performing in bands for a decade or so and I also lead a free community choir in Brighton… but I strongly believe that anyone can write music, irrespective of their age or whether they play an instrument.

Writing music is a powerful way to express yourself. Beginners often write far more innovatively than the experienced songwriters. I can’t wait to unleash that potential in you!

Katherine is so passionate, engaged and engaging. Her approach to teaching is inclusive and educational. 100% recommend, particularly for complete beginners.
— 'Absolute Beginners' Student
Katherine is a dedicated instructor who devotes considerable time, energy and thought to song compositions and how to best to sing them. She has a positive and personable manner and has experience working with people of varying musical experience and ability.
— Hollie (Free Brighton Choir Singer)

Absolute… Songwriters!

Want to hear what we got up to during our first Absolute BEginners course?

listen to our work