Created in spring 1997, LMFL (Language and Music for Life) is an unique organisation committed to providing training in both music and foreign languages to students of all ages.
The first LMFL summer course was held in August 1997 and has grown in size and quality ever since, and we have opened courses abroad for Advanced Level students
While remaining a partnership in the UK, on December 15th 2011 LMFL became a non-profit organisation (ONG) in Schengen Continental Europe, registration number W3221002407.
Residential and non-residential courses
Musical Summer Courses for Advanced level students
- In the United Kingdom: Llandovery Wales – Language and music summer course for adults, unaccompanied teenagers from 12 years old, as well as for accompanied young children with a lower age limit of 5 years old.
- Abroad: In Venice, Italy; in Ordino, Andorra; in Valbonne Sophia Antipolis, France; and now in the Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini in Florence, Italy.
- Small residential and non-residential Spring and Autumn Language and Music Courses in the UK or in France.
Our approach to learning
Our music and language project functions in a context which is rich in individual ability, motivation, language, culture and generations.
Music Learning is not to be restricted to its manifestation in performance, though this is an essential part, but is to be intimately linked to the dynamics of the whole individual who is able to learn while changing, and able to change while learning.
Our linguistic premise: a language is learned not just for its own sake but also for a purpose. Language is used to communicate, to organise music making with others, to facilitate professional development and because we want to enjoy exchanges with those whom we have chosen to be with, and like, and because we don’t want to live like “foreigners” in an English speaking environment.
We learn a language to live and, as the name of our organisation puts it, to survive.
Our music project
We have a threefold approach
- Music for keen amateurs: participants are required to have a minimum of Grade 7 in one instrument, while the second or third instrument can be of a lower grade.
- Music for Juniors – 5 to 10 years old: they need to have already started an instrument (or voice)
- Music for future professionals: we prepare young instrumentalists or singers for competitions and /or Entrance auditions for the Higher Music Schools (Royal College of Music, London; Royal Welsh College of Music, Cardiff; Trinity College of Music, London; Royal Academy, London, Guildhall, or Conservatoires Supérieurs de Musique …
Note: for non-English speakers who wish to enter the Royal College of Music, Royal Academy, and Guildhall, acquiring an acceptable level of spoken English is a must.
Creative Director and course organizer and passionate about pedagogy, is a psychoanalyst. She prepares each course with great care and passion in conjunction with the Artistic Directors, Jean-Luc Borsarello and Matthias Dulack (conductor), with the help of William Godfree, our choir master, and the Director of Language, Dr Alan D Moller.
She is bilingual in French and English and has some knowledge of German, Telugu and Hindi.
The course staff
We have two alternating Artistic Directors, Jean-Luc Borsarello and Matthias Dulack.
- Jean-Luc Borsarello, violinist and Artistic Director- with an outstanding knowledge of chamber music
- Matthias Dulack, conductor and Artistic Director, – a cellist and founder-member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, teaches the conducting course
- William Godfree , Choir Director, composer, organist, pianist
- Richard Crabtree, String Orchestra, viola and violin Professor
The Music Tutors
The music tutors are all experienced teachers and internationally known performers. During the course they expect their students to work between each tutorial. An updated list of teachers with their qualifications and CVs is on this website at the tab: Faculty
There are master classes for professional students in harp, flute, piccolo, piano, violin, viola, double bass, and recorder.
The Jazz Programme – Alex Forsyth, Coordinator
The jazz programme allows students to develop techniques of jazz improvisation and to apply these skills within the context and disciplines of small jazz groups. All students are given tuition in their own instruments and the opportunity to play a variety of styles of music in small groups directed by the tutors.
All tutors are experienced teachers as well as skilled improvisers.
Parents, musicians or not, are equally welcome to accompany their child as long as they contribute to the good running of the course in the UK.
No parent is allowed to make unreasonable demands on his (her) child: for instance forcing him (her) to practice before 8 AM or after 8PM for children under 10. This goes also for young “prodigies”.
Each child under 10 must be able to relax for an absolute minimum of 1 full hour during the mornings and the same in the afternoons (including children preparing for a concert or a competition).
Parents are invited to join in the choir and, if musicians, to join in a number of communal musical activities free of charge (orchestra, string orchestra, jazz sessions).
They can register as students in Language tuition or instrumental or vocal tuition as well.