Monday, June 24, 2019 - 19:30

A lecture by Vidar Norheim — a lecturer in songwriting and percussion at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA)— will take place as a part of the SelectorPRO programme, in partnership with Moscow Music School.

The lecture is aimed at anyone who is interested in developing their songwriting craft. It will give an overview of key songwriting principles and concepts taught in the successful LIPA Songwriting programme. 

Topics covered include: 

  • song forms and structures
  • effective melody writing
  • communicating specific emotions in lyrics
  • melody and lyric relationships  

Case studies and analysis will focus on examples of the most successful songs ever written.  In addition, a question and answer session will allowparticipants to gainfurther knowledge on the art of songwriting.

Free admission with advance registration. The lecture will be in English with Russian translation available.


Vidar Norheim is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer from Norway, now based in Liverpool. He studied BA Music at Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) where he is now a visiting lecturer in songwriting and percussion. Vidar has toured worldwide as a member of Liverpool's alt-pop band Wave Machines, with highlights including Glastonbury, SXSW and BBC Electric Proms.

Vidar is a published songwriter and his music has featured in many TV series and adverts including HBO’s Entourage and Top Gear. In 2011 he was named as Norway's most promising songwriting talent, winning a place at Song:Expo in Trondheim alongside many of the world's leading songwriters and producers. 2016 saw the release of his solo debut EP Blind Carbon Copy which was released on labels in Japan, Norway and the UK. He has also worked extensively with Lizzie Nunnery, releasing one album and an EP together as well as collaborating on theatrical pieces.  

Productions as a composer and MD include Narvik (Best New play UK Theatre Awards 2017), The Sum (Liverpool Everyman May 2017) and Horny Handed Tons of Soil (July 2017). Vidar is currently writing his first film score for the feature film A World After. 


The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) is a specialist university-level institution for performers and those who make performance possible. Co-founded by former Beatle, Sir Paul McCartney and Chief Executive and Principal Mark Featherstone-Witty, LIPA is based on the sites of the old Liverpool Institute and Liverpool Art College who count three Beatles among their alumni: Paul McCartney, George Harrison and John Lennon.  

LIPA has an esteemed reputation worldwide with around 25% of students coming from over 40 countries outside of the UK. LIPA offers courses in Music, Songwriting & Performance, Songwriting & Production, Sound Technology, Management: Music, Entertainment, Theatre & Events, Acting, Dance, Applied Theatre & Community Drama, Costume Making, Creative Technologies & Performance, Theatre & Performance Design / Technology.


The Moscow Music School is a school of contemporary music. They inspire and educate young new talents to embark upon successful careers in the music industry as producers, solo artists, sound engineers, managers, sound artists and sound designers.

The Moscow Music School, together with the British Higher School of Art and Design, the Moscow Film School, the Scream School and the Moscow Architecture School MARCH form the ‘Universal University’ – a consortium of independent educational institutions that offer high-quality education in the creative fields. 

Their educational programme includes three courses of continuous professional development in the following specialties: Music Production, Songwriting and Music Performance, and Music Business. These courses are two years long, covering a full range of disciplines required for a contemporary music artist and music industry professional. Each course is developed together with the programme leader – a musician or specialist within the music industry.


Selector PRO connects music people from around the world with specialist music experts from the UK who deliver training, share their stories and discuss local and global themes affecting the contemporary music industry. Participants include musicians, managers, producers and journalists at various stages in their careers but all interested in developing their knowledge and networks. 

Over the years, the programme has been designed to respond to the particular industry needs in a range of countries from India to Armenia. It began in Russia in 2016, originally managed by the British Council in Russia; from 2019 the programme will be delivered by the Cultural and Education section of the British Embassy in Moscow. This latest iteration of the programme will create links between UK and Russian industry and entrepreneurship, provide training and support for developing Russian musicians, managers and journalists and share professional expertise and showcase new talent from the UK.

Selector PRO takes its name from the British Council’s Selector Radio show –broadcast weekly in over 35 countries to an audience of 4 million listeners.