Digital Songwriters

Digital Songwriters is a new project for secondary schools from Edinburgh International Festival, designed to support the Higher and Advanced Higher music qualifications, and in particular the composition element of the qualification by connecting students with leading songwriters from across a variety of genres.


Inspired by our Digital Composers series and developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and in consultation with music educators, this project looks to help senior pupils who are looking at creating their own music, by providing them with insight into the song writing process from a variety of musicians, singers, and songwriters.

If you have used our online resources with your classes, we would love to hear from you. Please share your details and feedback here.

Nova Scotia the Truth

In 2020, Nova Scotia the Truth became the youngest person ever to win the Scottish Album of the Year award with her powerful and unfiltered album RE-UP. A rap artist unafraid to challenge stereotypes and experiment with her music, she has continued to go from strength to strength with the release of her latest EP WWND. Nova chats to our host Lucy about her journey to finding music as an artform and career, her passion to share her truth and how she is continuing to learn and mould her craft.

Karine Polwart

Multi-award-winning Karine Polwart has built a hugely successful career out of songs that tell stories and is one of Scotland’s best-known folk talents. In this conversation our host Lucy chats with Karine about the depth and breadth of her career, from starting out in bands through to making music for theatre and beyond. They explore her inspirations, her passions and her songwriting techniques.

Louis Abbott of Admiral Fallow

Louis Abbott is a multi-talented musician, songwriter, and best known as frontman of the indie folk band Admiral Fallow. In this conversation Louis chats to our host Lucy about starting out as a drummer, how the band was formed, and the joy of writing an opera.

Honeyblood's Stina Tweeddale

Stina Tweeddale, better know as the artist Honeyblood, is originally from Edinburgh and now based in Glasgow. Honeyblood has released three albums including her latest release In Plain Sight which was shortlisted for the 2020 Scottish Album of the Year. In this Digital Songwriters conversation our host Lucy Drever chats to Stina about forming her identity as Honeyblood, her musical journey as a songwriter, and her favourite part of the song writing process.


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Meet Our Host

Lucy Drever is a workshop leader and presenter. She works with various arts organisations including the BBC, the Philharmonia Orchestra, Lambert Jackson Productions and the Wigmore Hall. She recently became Associate Artist at the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Head of Musicianship at the Benedetti Foundation.