The songwriters were from a diverse range of genres - dance, rock, pop, folk, hip hop or production music artists were all in attendance. Guest speakers on the day included chart-topping rapper Wretch 32 - you can watch an interview with him here - BBC 6 Music's Matt Everitt, promoter Tony Moore and PRS Chairman and hit songwriter Guy Fletcher.
In part two of M's series of four special features, the Class of 2011 discuss the importance of their PRS for Music royalties. Part three follows tomorrow.
Watch part one of M's Class of 2011 interviews here.
Read The New School - M magazine's Class of 2011 feature - here.