Budding musicians at Boldon School have been given the chance to take part in a professional songwriting and music production workshop. Hosted by singer/songwriter Dan Donnelly, guitarist with 1990s pop sensations ‘The Wonderstuff’, the event workshop oversaw students utilise Donnelly’s expertise to develop their lyric writing, as well as composing tracks on iPads using Garage Band.

As well as being guitarist with ‘The Wonderstuff’, Donnelly also manages ‘The Academy of Sound’ in Gateshead. Both the workshop and the academy allow students to express themselves creatively and turn their musical ideas into fully-fledged, professional songs.

Student James Hartridge described the event as ‘really interesting’, highlighting the benefits of ‘working with a professional musician and learning skills useful later on’. Head of the school’s music department, Mr. Cameron Leckie, added ‘the event provided an invaluable insight into the world of the commercial world of music’. The success and positive reception to the workshop has resulted in further workshops to be planned for the near future.