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Songwriters Summit to inspire and encourage Army's lyricists

Songwriters Summit to inspire and encourage Army's lyricists

Songwriters Summit to inspire and encourage Army's lyricists

11 July 2017

The Salvation Army's first dedicated National Songwriters Summit will be held later this month in Sydney. Photo: Evan Clark on Unsplash.

By Anne Halliday

Salvation Army lyricists from across Australia will gather later this month for the first National Songwriters Summit, to be held at The Collaroy Centre in Sydney.

Seeking a way to establish a genuine and sustainable future for the Army’s contemporary songwriters in Australia, Territorial Worship Arts co-ordinator Chris Brindley says the inaugural event creates exciting possibilities for the future of music making in The Salvation Army.

“There has been more than a few songwriters in the Army in Australia, but it has only been for seasons,” Chris explains.
 
“In both territories, songwriters feel that there is no avenue for them to share their work in the Army and the very real consequence has been that many have either stopped writing, or moved to other churches.
 
“In Australia Eastern, our statistics show that there are around 1000 people who play brass instruments, and also 1000 people who play in contemporary teams. However there is no music series devoted to contemporary music. What is encouraging is that there is interest in looking at ways forward.”

He said the Songwriters Summit would be an important step towards creating gatherings that gave songwriters and composers their own unique events, providing each with a focused opportunity to share their work, to inspire and learn from each other.

“The purpose of a Songwriters Summit is to provide a space that is dedicated to this style of creativity. By allowing songwriters and composers to work in their native format at distinct events, conversations are unimpeded and ideas and energy are more likely to flow.”

The summit will also includes sessions from guest speakers Kris Singh, pictured right, (from the New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga Territory) and David Ware (from Hillsong church).

“Kris Singh has raised up Bearers as a contemporary initiative through THQ, setting a precedent that it is possible to do this within the Army. David Ware is on the brand new team from Hillsong, specifically designed to partner with other denominations to invest into developing solid worship teams and expressions.”

“A key outcome of the summit is to hear where we are and map out where we believe we are being led.”

The Songwriters Summit will be held at The Collaroy Centre in Sydney 21-23 July. For more information and to register, go HERE.

During the weekend, there will also be an open worship night on Saturday 22 July, from 7-9pm, at The Collaroy Centre.

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