Sponsored by the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation, the Chris Difford Songwriting Retreat is like no other writer retreat. With over 30 successful or up and coming artists from all over the world staying in the house or around the village, the retreat provides an amazing opportunity for artists to collaborate with one another to write new songs and create new friendships in a relaxed setting.
During the week–long intimate retreat, each day Chris, himself a two time Ivor Novello Award winner, organises the artists in to small groups. They head off to various parts of the house or gardens and write all day, breaking for relaxed lunches on the south facing terrace and dinners in the Coach House.
In the evening the artists all gather after dinner to show and tell in the Coach House, or if the weather is good, play acoustic performances in the courtyard. Late nights are spent playing together around the fire pit. And on the final night they perform a concert of the best songs in East Pennard village church.