Sunderland Songwriters get royal visit

On an unusually sunny Wednesday in February, young people from our Sunderland young songwriters’ group set off to The Fire Station, the city’s newest cultural venue, to talk to TRH the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge about arts, music, and their writing group.

Groups of flag-waving Mackems stood outside The Fire Station to welcome the royal visitors to the city, and after a tour of The Fire Station, Wills and Kate joined groups of young creatives from across the city to talk about the arts and cultural activity for young people in Sunderland.

Leading up to the event, we were told that Wills is a big music fan and had requested to talk to some local young musicians. The Prince joined eight of our young songwriters, group leaders Martin Longstaff and Natasha Haws, and Lizzie Nixon from New Writing North. He asked the young people about their songwriting, the kind of music the group liked to listen to and perform (we think Prince William is a rap fan!) and was impressed by the group’s musical talent. Kate found time to come and say hello to us too, despite being busy chatting to other groups of young creatives from the city. As he was about to leave, the Duke of Cambridge promised to see us again when we were writing for Lady Gaga. Watch this space, Wills!

The Sunderland Young Songwriters’ group meets weekly at Pop Recs, where they work with Martin Longstaff (The Lake Poets) and Natasha Haws on writing and performing their own songs. Some group members prefer to write lyrics, whereas others prefer to perform, and the group work collaboratively to support one another.

We’re always open to new members, so feel free to join us whether you’re new to songwriting or a seasoned pro. You never know who we’ll be visited by next!

Sunderland Young Songwriters
Pop Recs
Saturdays in term time
11am – 1pm

Find out more here.