As part of Michael Kiwanuka’s Albert Session concert, 22 young singer-songwriters aged 15-19 were invited to join the chart-topping soul star for a one-off workshop.

Coming from ELAM, Access to Music London at Kilburn, Holland Park School and Hackney New School, the students had the privelege of hearing the two-time Mercury Award-nominated artist discuss his musical influences and song-writing process, provide advice and tips.

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Listen back to some of his great advice:

Next, six of the talented young singer/songwriters were invited onto the stage to perform their own original songs in front of the group and Michael, who gave them constructive advice and encoragement.

‘Be passionate about music. Every you time you want to play, just play, write songs all the time, listen to music all the time, go to gigs all the time, read books, just soak it up, and that passion and love for it will get you through and you won’t even think you are working hard.’
Michael Kiwanuka

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Laurie Mann
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Keaton Dekker
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Pearl Fish
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Myla Newell
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Elaria Admassu
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Ellie Occleston
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All photos © Andy Paradise