About  LMFL

Language and Music for Life was born in Spring 1997 and is committed to providing training in both music and foreign languages to students of all ages, with a lower age limit of 10 years old for the main Summer course, from 4 to 10 years old for the Junior Course and no upper age limit.

The first LMFL summer course was held in 1997 and has grown in size and quality ever since and opened course abroad since..

While remaining a partnership in the UK, on December 15th 2011, LMFL became  a non-profit organisation  in Schengen  Continental Europe (France) under number W3221002407


We organise:

 Residential and non residential courses:  the Musical Summer Courses

In Venice course  for Advanced students – last one in 2013 next one in 2015

 In Wales, UK,( as partnership)

in Valbonne (near Nice) France (as non-profit organisation)  for advanced students

Language and music summer course for young children  (4 to 10 inclusive)

Residential and non-residential Spring and Autumn small Languages and Music Course 

Our approach to learning:


Our music and language project functions in a context which is rich in individual ability, motivation, language, culture and generations.

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 a "foreigner" 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 dual 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 future professionals: we prepare young instrumentalists for entrance auditions for the Higher Music Schools (Royal College of Music, Trinity College of Music, Royal Academy, Guildhall, or Conservatoires Supérieurs de Musique etc…

·          Please note that for non-English speakers, who wish to enter the Royal College of Music, Royal Academy, Guildhall, acquiring an acceptable level of spoken English is a must.




The Founder, creative Director and organizer of the course is music lover, pedagogue and psychoanalyst, Arlette Herrenschmidt.Moller

She prepares each course with great care and passion in conjunction with the Artistic Directors, Jean-Luc Borsarello, Matthias Dulack (conductor), 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 in German, Spanish, Telugu and Hindi

She is the mother of 6 children Anne-Sophie, Marine, (voice) Axelle (clarinet) whose 5 children are all musicians –Zacharie

, cellist, Salomé, flautist, Elysée clarinettist, and Samuel, cellist - Grégoire (singer), Fleur Herrenschmidt, barrister, singer and pianist and Ashley Herrenschmidt-Moller, Airbus engineer, oboist, singer and composer.

They all play an instrument, some two, and they all sing. All are bilingual (English and French) most have German as a foreign language, one speaks Telugu and Tamil, and one some Hindi and Bahasa Melayu.

 She is grandmother to 15 grandchildren.

We have in alternate two Artistic Directors Jean-Luc Borsarello and Matthias Dulack


Jean-Luc Borsarello violin


Jean-Luc Borsarello,  Violinist Artistic Director

 Jean-Luc Borsarello obtained his first prize for violin at the Conservatoire National Regional de Toulon at the age of 14 and entered the Conservatoire National de Musique de Paris where he won a medal for violin (first class) in June 1968.

He is a member of the Orchestre de Chambre de Versailles and of the Orchestre Lyrique in the Paris Opera.

He is leader of the Borsarello String Trio, which has performed in France, Japan, New Caledonia, Malaysia, Australia, Germany and U.S.A  and made numerous CDs. He has also given interpretation classes in Japan and at the Flaine Summer Academy in France. Jean-Luc Borsarello is on the permanent staff of the official music school in Montgeron and has recently been appointed to the Conservatoire National Regional de Versailles.

Jean-Luc is a born teacher. His rich, warm and gentle personality is reflected in his music as well as in his paintings. 

He is father of 6 children Hugues, professional violinist, Delphine, professional cellist) Mathilde (professional violinist), Camille (professional violist), Gauthier professional double bassist and Baptiste actor student and oboist.


He is the doting grandfather of Fée Capuçon and India Hermann



Matthias Dulack conductor   Conducting class




Matthias Dulack, Artistic Director  Member-founder and cellist of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Dutch-born conductor Mathis Dulack began as a cellist and pianist.

He took up conducting at the Musikhochschule in Vienna where he studied under Otmar Suitner, and later with Celibidache and Franco Ferrara.

A finalist in the International Toscanini Conducting Competition in 1986, he kept up his instrumental skills as first cellist with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (of which he was also a founder member), having the opportunity to play under conductors such as von Karajan, Bernstein, Solti, Maazel and Abbado.

During his formative period as a conductor in the early 1990s, Mathis Dulack co-founded and conducted the well-known ensemble Klangforum Wien and was appointed to the Cleveland Orchestra as assistant conductor to Christoph von Dohnanyi. Dulack moved on to conduct several productions at the opera houses in Frankfurt, Darmstadt and Aachen. His involvement in an operatic version of Schoenberg's song cycle Pierrot Lunaire was a great success at the Salzburg Festival, repeated in New York.

From 1999 till 2002 Mathis Dulack was Principal Conductor of the Budapest Chamber Symphony Orchestra and from that point onwards he has appeared with - among other orchestras - the Vienna Kammerorchester, the Vienna Pro Arte Orchestra, the Hungarian Radio Symphony, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Sofia Philharmonic and the Basel Symphony Orchestra, as well as at Gidon Kremer's Lockenhaus Festival. In September 2008 Dulack led the Orchestre National de Montpellier in a remarkable première of an elaborated sketch of Wagner by Borstlap at the opening concert of the season.

In 2009 Mathis Dulack decided to take a sabbatical for cultural studies and deepening of his repertoire, in combination with developing his country estate in Hungary for cultural events. Since 2011 he is again available for concerts and opera.

Between 1999 and 2004 Matthias Dulack taught conducting in the LMFL Summer Courses and is now back to us

He is father of two .

Choir Director / Composer William Godfree



William was born in London and was a student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he learned piano and composition. A musician for all seasons he plays cello as well and jazz is also amongst his talents.

In 1976, after a period of study at Oxford, he started teaching, and was until 2009 Head of Music at Highfield School in Liphook. He now concentrates only on composing .

He has trained various choirs in the South East, from Twickenham to Haslemere, as well as conducting the Dolmetsch Summer School Choir for some years.
When he is not teaching, he pursues a career as a composer, having written music for television, theatre and the concert hall.

His ŒFolia Variations¹, commissioned by the organist Christopher Herrick, were premiered in 1985 at the Newbury Festival and broadcast on Radio 3; his Requiem has been sung frequently in London, Paris, Norway and elsewhere.

His stage musical ŒInjuns¹, a wild-west re-working of The Tempest, was published in 1994 and was recently revived.

He has written several other stage musicals, cantatas for children, 3 suites for school orchestras and the music for the BBC drama series, 'The Little World of Don Camillo'. His piece for narrator and orchestra, 'Aladdin and the Magic Lamp', a Southern Orchestral Concerts Society commission, was premiered in Spring 2002. Last autumn he had an opera and a choral symphony premiered within a fortnight of each other.
For relaxation he plays music of the Œ20s and Œ30s with the Add Hock trio and performs in
cabaret with Hampshire MP Michael Mates. He is father of two.


String Orchestra Professor Richard Crabtree






Richard enjoys a well balanced musical life style which encompasses all the essential elements of a musician and instrumentalist of the 21st Century.

He studied violin and viola with Nicholas Roth at Trinity College of Music and went on to work with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Mozart Players and the original London Soloists Ensemble.

Later as principal violist and soloist, he performed with the London Soloists Ensemble, Wessex Sinfonia, Clifton Virtuosi, Orchestra of the Swan, English National Baroque and the Emerald Ensemble.

Richard is a solo commercially recorded artist and has broadcast on BBC Radio 3, 4, Classic FM and Greek RTA. He has also recorded solo sound tracks for television documentaries with BBC 1 and 2, ITV and Channel 4.

His keen interest in promoting contemporary music has taken him throughout the UK and Europe, including a major tour of Turkmenistan. This was organised by the British Council and Turkmenistan’s Ministry of Culture for the Makhtumkuli Festival. His performances were televised throughout the State, and Richard has the distinction of being the first British musician to perform there since Glasnost.

Richard is a Professor of Viola and Violin at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance London www.trinitylaban.ac.uk and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama www.rwcmd.ac.uk. He is also on the teaching faculty's at Bristol, Bath and Goldsmiths Universities. Other students regularly fly in from Edinburgh, Paris, Toulouse, Nice, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Geneva for intensive study.

Skype lessons are a new feature of Richard's work.

Students from Hong Kong, France, Spain and the United Kingdom are now able to take advantage of the internet and the advantages it can offer.

He has coached in Korea, Spain, and the UK, and is a member of a team of world class teachers and soloists who give Recitals, Master Classes, Individual Coaching and Chamber Music for the Language Music for Life organisation. www.lmfl.org These courses are held in the UK, France and Italy each year.

Students have won first prizes at National and International Competitions, and regularly gain places with the National Youth Orchestras of England and Wales.

His most gifted Postgraduate students procure positions with all the major Orchestras in London, throughout the UK and abroad. Young professionals often return for refresher lessons when preparing for auditions. He is the teacher of the virtuoso violinist Julia Hwang whom he took as an absolute beginner at 7 years old and achieving her taking the 8 Trinity grades within 2 years.

 He is actively involved in developing her career as a solo artist. www.juliahwang.com

His most gifted Postgraduate students procure positions with all the major Orchestras in London, throughout the UK and abroad. Young professionals often return for refresher lessons when preparing for auditions.

Most recently he has produced the CRABBERS Scale Manual for Violin, Viola and Cello. This unique system uses letters and numbers and is designed for advanced students and Conservatoire Undergraduates. The system is endorsed by his colleagues who teach at the main conservatoires.

Richard plays on a fine Nathanial Cross Viola, London Fecit 1731.

He is  conducting the LMFL’s  String Orchestra in the very demanding  programme in the LMFL courses

He is father of three





Jazz and classical

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 o this website at Faculty

There are  master classes in harp, flute, piccolo, piano, violin, viola, double bass, recorder for professional students


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.




Liguistic Director Dr.Alan D. Moller








Liguistic Director Dr.Alan D. Moller

Dr Alan Dallas Moller
A British applied linguist specialized in language testing, Alan D Moller, Ph.D and Dip App Ling (Edinburgh), MA (Cantab), PGCE (London).
Dr Alan Moller, a retired British Council Officer, has been Director of the English Language Services Department of the British Council incorporating, among other tasks, inspecting and advising language schools worldwide. He wrote many of the BC Tests for English as a Foreign Language (mini platform tests) still in use nowadays. He was actively involved with the introduction of the ELTS (now IELTS) in 1989.
Alan was posted in Africa, Singapore, and Malaysia and was Cultural Attaché at the New Delhi British High Commission in charge of organising the Henry Moore Exhibition.
After retiring from the British Council, Alan has been full time Chief Examiner for Trinity College London. Duties included academic responsibility for the Certificate in TESOL, for the Diploma in TESOL, and for the suite of Spoken English tests. On his departure from TCL in 1999, these responsibilities were assigned to three different professionals.
In 2003, he was appointed Chair of Examiners for the London Tests of English by the main British Examinations Board, EDEXCEL (London).
His Ph.D "A study in the validation of proficiency tests of English as a Foreign Language" (Edinburgh 1981)

He Is Academic Director  for IATQuO

 Its current activities are to validate the training of teachers of English as a Foreign Language in the various training centers for teachers in Europe and Asia

He is  the father of Dawn Bellino-Moller, linguist and organizer of events, mother of Mathis, cellist,   of Dr; Joanne Arghiros-Moller, social anthropologist ethnologist, mother of three, and Ashley Herrenschmidt-Moller, Airbus engineer, oboist, amateur singer  and composer, father of two Adash and Alicia

Alan has 6  grandchildren ; some bilingual English, French and two trilingual English/French/Polish


The Language Tutors

The language tutors have received specialised training in foreign language teaching and are all native speakers or true bilingual of the language they teach

Almost all of them are musician.

For English-speaking students we offer opportunities to learn or improve French (FFL), German (GFL), Spanish (SFL) Italian (IFL) as well as Russian (conversational for advanced students only) as Foreign Languages.

Classes are conducted by specialist teachers, all of whom are native speakers.

We offer quality tuition in intensive English by specialist teachers of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) who are themselves native speakers.

The language classes can be taken in small groups or one to one, according to the student's precise needs.

Group classes consist of 4 to 8 students.

The basic course, consisting of one, two or three one hour sessions a day, aims to help develop competency in oral communication, to develop a more in-depth knowledge of grammar, and to enrich the student’s vocabulary by using appropriate teaching material suited to individual needs.

A range of different types of material is used, including video and audio cassettes, but the accent is always on improving listening and speaking skills.