July 21, 2018
I can whole-heartedly say that volunteering with Girls Rock London! has changed my life. I first came across GRL! in early 2017, when working as a sound engineer at one of their fundraising gigs. I was blown away by the positive energy in the room. The GRL! volunteers had put together a fantastic and diverse […]
June 27, 2018
Girls Rock London is back with a special edition summer party celebrating DIY music acts led by women. We have an amazing line-up of live music including not one but TWO Women Rock London graduate bands – Concrete Bones and Judi Hench, Lips Choir performing a set of dance classics, with First Timers band Charmpit headlining […]
May 9, 2018
🎉Exciting news!🎉 Thanks to funding from Arts Council England we have FIVE FREE PLACES available at our upcoming women’s camp, taking place over the weekend of May 25th-28th in Dalston. At Women Rock London, participants learn the basics of an instrument, form a band, write a song and perform it at a live gig in just three days! […]
Girls Rock London (GRL!) is a music project for girls and women in London. We are part of a movement of rock camps that take place all over the world, united by a desire to achieve gender equality in the music industry and to ensure that all girls and women get the chance to make music. The aims of the project are to empower girls and women – regardless of previous musical experience – to write and perform music, and to build self-confidence.
The programme we run is a mixture of musical/technical tuition and workshops, which together help to build participants’ self-esteem and confidence, and provide a platform for girls and women to find and develop their voices. Rock Camp is all about trying new things, working together and making lots of NOISE…
GRL! welcomes applicants who self-identify as girls, women, trans* and/or gender non-conforming.
Girls Rock London is a six day music project where girls aged 11-16 will develop the tools to write their own song and perform it in a concert to family and friends. It runs from 10am - 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, with a showcase concert on the Saturday. All participants will have the chance to work on and perform vocals, as well as learning the basics in guitar, bass, drums, electronics or keyboard. Everyone will then be allocated an instrument to focus on for the week, and form a band with other girls in the camp. The camp will also include a range of workshops on topics aimed at raising girls' confidence and self-esteem. There are 25 places on the camp. All tutors on the camp are music industry professionals with extensive experience of working with children in diverse settings. We take safeguarding and child protection seriously and work hard to ensure that young people at our camps have a safe, supportive and fun week. Click here to read and find out more about our Safeguarding Policy and Procedure.
The women's camp is an intensive three-day camp that usually takes place over a bank holiday weekend'. It provides women aged 18 and over with the chance to write and perform an original song in a supportive and relaxed environment. 25 participants form five bands, and learn the basics in either the guitar, bass, drums, or synth. Everyone will have the opportunity to work on and perform vocals. The camp ends in a final gig where you and your band will play on stage at a live gig venue. No musical experience is needed! All tutors on the camp are music industry professionals with extensive experience of performing, touring and songwriting.
Our core delivery team is an international group of experienced educators, musicians and industry professionals.
BAND COACH / GUITAR
Linda is a loud and proud guitarist. Originally from Italy, it is now hard to place her accent anywhere in particular. Linda works as guitarist for the Brit-Award winner and re-born punk-queen Kate Nash, with whom she has played some of the most prestigious venues and festivals in more than 18 countries (Lollapalooza, Coachella, Glastonbury, Rock Am Ring etc) as well as inspiring young girls around the world to create music and be themselves through projects such as Rock 'N' Roll Afterschool Club for Girls and Girl Gang TV.
Her sound has been defined "avant-garde" by guitar FX guru Roger Mayer. Linda is currently developing her original project Echo Boom Generation as well as being part of GRL! founding team.
BAND COACH / DRUMS
Originally from Finland, Vicky is a London-based drummer and percussionist who has taken her drumming skills across the globe. Performance credits includes: Hans Zimmer (Pharrell Williams, Johnny Marr), MTV Music Awards (Clean Bandit, Zara Larsson), Arcadia (Glastonbury), 02 Indigo, Royal Festival Hall and the Hammersmith Apollo to name a few. Vicky also writes her own music and has a one woman multi-media performance where she fuses technology with artistry using loopers, body triggers, micro KORG, drum pads and percussion along with tongue-in-cheek lyrics and visuals. Her unique approach has led her to perform at cutting edge events like Witcih (Women In Technology Creative Industries Hub). She has been featured both by the BBC and VICE with the latter celebrating her as an ‘up and coming artist’.
Vicky’s talents off-stage have also seen her co-found and mentor at Rock Donna in Finland (winner of Best New Initiative at Finland’s Musik & Talang, 2014), and of course Girls Rock London. Feeling entirely at home in the creative world, Vicky has also co-owned a recording studio, regularly interviews and moderates at a variety of music conferences and appeared in a documentary about her life as a drummer, Girlpower @V_FemaleDrummer for channel YLE5.
BAND COACH / KEYS
Jessie is a vocal leader and pianist based in London. She co-leads and arranges for all-female pop choir Lips, recently leading the choir in an original arrangement of electronic piece Voicething with Goldfrapp at the Royal Albert Hall. Jessie is passionate about collaboration and education and has many years of experience working with children and young people in the UK. Internationally, her education work has taken her as far as Melbourne, Australia, and to the Middle East where she ran vocal workshops with children across Palestine. She regularly leads creative song-writing and composition projects for Spitalfields Music, Royal Opera House, Southbank Centre, Wigmore Hall and Aurora Orchestra. She trained as a pianist at the Royal Academy of Music and plays keys in a 90s cover band.
Geraldine is co-founder, manager and performer in all-woman pop choir Lips. Based in London, Lips has been performing original arrangements of pop, dance, garage and disco classics since 2009. The 85-strong choir has performed at festivals including Bestival and Wilderness, at iconic London venues such as The Union Chapel and Royal Festival Hall, and has sung live on BBC TV and Radio. Lips has performed with Goldfrapp at the Royal Albert Hall, and with Leona Lewis on the track 'Fireflies'. Lips is a non-auditioning choir which also puts on club nights in London, promoting non-professional DJs in all-women line-ups. It is also a supporter of the grassroots group Women Asylum Seekers Together London. Between 2012 and 2013 Geraldine lived in Canada where she volunteered at Girls Rock Camp Vancouver. She is also a qualified Personal Development Coach with 13 years experience in the education, arts and voluntary sectors.
Get Involved! Girls Rock London! very much welcomes the support and contributions of volunteers and community members. If you want to get involved in an exciting project giving girls in London a voice, these are some of the ways you can help:
We need volunteers to help run the camp, move gear around, run workshops and carry out a number of other tasks. All our roles at camp are for women, trans and gender nonconforming folk, but everyone is welcome to help out in non-camp roles
We are a small team of volunteers committed to keeping costs down for the girls who want to take part and we are working to develop new sources of funding to meet the costs of staffing and delivering the camp. You can help by raising money, or – if you are a band or musician – by performing in a fundraiser.
We need electric guitars and basses, drum kits, amps and keyboards – either as a contribution or a loan. We also need ways of transporting equipment before, during and after the camp.
If you can help with any of the above, please get in touch; we would love to hear from you!
It is important at such a crucial moment in young women’s development to help instill in them a belief that their ideas and talents are of equal interest and worth to the world as that of their male counterparts. In addition, knowing that half of the openings within the programme are offered free to those from low income backgrounds, making the production of music accessible to all young women regardless of socio-economics is especially important to me
I came to camp thinking I was going to learn more about an instrument; what I really learned was how much potential I had as a musician and how it increased through collaboration.
It was the most exhilarating and inspiring weekend of my life. I never want this feeling to end. I just want to keep creating and performing music.
I have struggled to find the words to express how grateful and inspired I am by the Girls Rock London team and how much the experience meant to me. If I was an economist I’d lay out the investment and return as unparalleled. I have never been in an environment as supportive, encouraging and uplifting as that at GRL. I think I’ve learnt more about music and creativity than any music or art class in the formal education system. Every member of the team blew me away with their approachability, friendliness, knowledge and skill, encouragement and guidance.
- As part of the Innovate Programme, Sound Connections speaks to GRL! http://www.sound-connections.org.uk/news/girls-rock-london
- The Girls Are visited the GRL! 2016 girls camp; here is their ‘day in the life’ article featuring an interview with GRL! volunteer, Wolf Alice’s Ellie Rowsell http://www.thegirlsare.com/2016/08/21/feature-girls-rock-london/
- Fran Singh features GRL! in her Girls Rock movement article in The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/jan/03/girl-rock-camp-music-industry-sexism
- Dazed features GRL! launch in 2016 http://www.dazeddigital.com/music/article/30522/1/a-rock-school-for-girls-is-opening-in-london
- Crack Magazine announces GRL! in 2016 http://crackmagazine.net/2016/03/women-rock-london-announce-all-female-music-camp