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The Writer Highway

The Writer Highway is a new programme of writing courses for adults aged 18+ run in partnership with award winning writer and poet Cathy Grindrod. The courses offers expert tuition and individual guidance, enabling people who love creative writing to develop their skills.

There are two different courses; The Writing Hub (with either Thursday or Friday morning sessions) and Write Your Life (Friday morning sessions). Enrolment includes the opportunity to join a wider community – you’ll receive newsletters, invitations to Open Mic sessions, chance to practice reading your work in a supportive environment and opportunities to perform at showcase events featuring guest writers.

Click here to read the free e-book containing all the entries to the recent Writer Highway Dog Poetry Competition organised by Cathy Grindrod and adjudicated by Matt Black. It features many of the participants of the Writer Highway Creative Writing courses held at the Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall. 

Watch a video edited by David Longford, Creative Learning Manager,  which features some of the poets in this book reading their poems.


The Writing Hub

Our Writing Hub courses are suitable for all those who enjoy creative writing, beginners and more experienced writers are welcome.

For our summer course, we will read and discuss extracts from various authors on the broad theme of ‘Journeys’ and support each other in writing, sharing and editing our own individual sequence of themed pieces in response.

Course’s cancelled due to the venue being currently closed following the government’s directives to the public to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

Write Your Life

If you want to write about your own life experiences, a legacy for family, or just for the joy of it, the Write Your Life course will help build your writing confidence. It will develop your memoir-writing skills and offer support and encouragement in sharing your work and responding to the work of others. This course will be one of three continuing terms. Suitable for those who would like to learn the skills of memoir writing and are considering writing about their life experiences, as well as those already writing a memoir.
(Please note that those who completed term 1 will be offered priority booking for terms 2 and 3.)

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West End Summer School

Our annual Summer School is the perfect way for aspiring young performers to develop their love of musical theatre under tuition from West End performers. With two different age groups (7-10 year olds and 11-16 year olds), participants will gain confidence over the five day course that takes place in the summer holidays. Each day explores a different musical, finishing with a showcase performance for friends and family on the final day. As well as the opportunity to learn choreography, songs and mini scenes, plus perform on the Royal Concert Hall stage, there’s also a Q&A session each day allowing participants to find out about what it takes to become a West End performer.

The 2020 West End Summer School will take place from Monday 3 – Friday 7 August (£90 per participant)

This course has now been cancelled due to the venue being currently closed following the government’s directives to the public to help stop the spread of coronavirus. If you have booked a place on our Summer School our Box Office team will be in touch to sort out your refund. 

Nottingham People's Choir

Formed in 2013, the Nottingham People’s Choir is a joint project with the Institute of Mental Health at the University of Nottingham and works to promote health and well-being through the joy of singing. The choir meets weekly (during term time) welcoming people from a diverse range of backgrounds aged 16 and over. There are regular performance opportunities at venues across the city for those that wish to take part – most recently a musical version of Romeo and Juliet with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Whether you’ve sung before or this is your first time, the People’s Choir is the perfect way to build confidence and find friendship, whatever your ability.



Streetwise Opera

The Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall have a long-term partnership with Streetwise Opera, a performing arts charity for people who have been affected by homelessness. Streetwise Opera run creative programmes across the UK, staging critically-acclaimed operas and providing a supportive place for participants to develop performance skills, volunteer and gain work experience. The group meet weekly at the Royal Concert Hall for ‘Explore Singing & Acting’ sessions and often showcase their work in performances in and outside the venue.


Lunchtime Voices

Not getting a proper lunch break away from your desk? Need a bit of a lift in the afternoon? The Nottingham Lunchtime Voices choir is run by Nottingham based charity, Music For Everyone and is a great opportunity for city workers to take a break during Tuesday lunchtimes to enjoy singing as part of a group. The friendly and relaxed sessions are run in termly blocks and are open to everyone who loves to sing. Each session covers a range of music from folk and pop, to blues and classical, in preparation for an informal performance at the end of each term.