News: Award-winning songwriters Roulston & Young launch a new songwriting service for friends and familes in lockdown

Families and friends have been parted, grandparents shielded from their grandchildren and children unable to see their parents for much of the past year.

Now if you haven’t been able to be with the one you love, or want to organise a special surprise for your mother on Mother’s Day or are just looking for a unique, luxury gift for a fabulous friend, award-winning composers Michael Roulston and Sarah-Louise Young have the answer – a bespoke song.

Gifting a unique song is the perfect way to show someone you care and make them feel really special. Roulston & Young offer songs to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas… even a much-loved pet. Whatever you want to say, whatever the occasion, they can put it in a song for you.

Imagine the joy of receiving a heartfelt, touching, original song written just for you? Songs arrive in a personalised Youtube video showing the lyrics, so you can all sing along if you wish and a selection of photos of the recipient are used as backgrounds to create a beautiful visual experience to share online or in person.

Roulston & Young have been writing songs and performing together since 2005 and like many freelancers, the pandemic hit them hard.

“We missed gigging and connecting with an audience. We also missed being in a room together, side by side at the piano, writing songs. While much of the world discovered the joys of Zoom meetings and working from home in their slipper socks, we discovered we could collaborate remotely too (albeit with the occasional “I think you’ve frozen” and “try switching on and off again”). Since we couldn’t perform live, we decided to offer our song writing skills to the public. Our first three commissions were a heartfelt birthday gift from a group of friends, a funny song dedicated to an aunt in Australia and a personal tribute inspired by someone’s own poetry. Word of mouth spread and our new Bespoke Songwriting service was born. It has turned out to be a wonderful way of doing what we love whilst bringing friends, families and couples together. It’s been a pleasure to learn about the interesting and diverse lives of people we may never meet and celebrate them in song.”

Michael Roulston and Sarah-Louise Young

Michael Roulston and Sarah-Louise Young have have had successful careers in the field of cabaret and more recently crossing over into musical theatre. They have performed internationally, including Canada, Malaysia, New York and at the prestigious Adelaide Cabaret Festival. They have won numerous awards including The Stage Edinburgh Award, Best Musical Variety Act in the London Cabaret Awards, an Argus Angel and Time Out’s Top Ten Cabaret Acts Of The Year. They are regulars on London’s vibrant cabaret scene.

Veterans of the Edinburgh Fringe, their critically acclaimed ‘Cabaret Wh*re’ shows enjoyed sold out runs before transferring to the Soho Theatre and both of their 2016 triumphs, ‘Je Regrette!’ and ‘Songs For Lovers (And Other Idiots)’ played to packed crowds at London’s Crazy Coqs before embarking on UK and international tours. Their musical love-letter to Julie Andrews, ‘Julie Madly Deeply’ transferred to the West End and Off Broadway.

They have both written and performed with Emmy nominated Fascinating Aïda. Michael also works regularly with Jess Robinson, Meow Meow, Christine Bovill and Dusty Limits, appearing at the Royal Festival Hall and BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show. Sarah-Louise Young appeared with Olivier-Award winning improvised musical group ‘The Showstoppers!’ for 10 years including their West End residency and BBC Radio 4 series. In 2019 she created the cult hit cabaret ‘An Evening Without Kate Bush’ with Russell Lucas, which is set to tour the UK in 2021.

A bespoke song and video by Roulston and Young starts at £250, and is the perfect opportunity for friends and relatives to club together to buy a unique gift for a loved one that you can’t buy on the high street.

Full booking details of the songwriting service, testimonials and example videos can be found at: www.roulstonandyoung.co.uk/bespoke-songs.html

Photo credit: Sin Bozkurt

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