'What we play is Life' Louis Armstrong





Mock Audition


Your record of student success into music college continues. I thankfully got into Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance for a MMus (Drums/Jazz Studies), I begin for two years this September. Thank you for a fantastic Summer School, I'm sure the playing experience, tuition and mock audition helped me secure my place at Trinity.
Thanks again and all the best to you and the MEhr Clef team.
Tom Wright


Just thought
I would let you know
that I'm so very happy to say I got the Jazz Bass place at The Royal Academy of Music!!! I'm so surprised and ridiculously
overwhelmed! I couldn't thank you and everyone at Mehr Clef enough, I can mostdefinitely say that the course inspired me and my playing so much, and that I really don't think I would of got a place anywhere if I hadn't done the course. I also really appreciated you taking the time to write me a reference, so thank you again.

Daisy George


LMH was a fantastic venue for the last summer course and last year’s course was the most enjoyable one yet! 
I accepted my undergrad Royal Academy of Music place for 2014, which I’m incredibly excited about, and I really think the mock auditions you ran at the course were the best possible preparation for the whole audition experience. I’m hoping in 2014 to come to the Easter Course as well, as others really recommended it.
Tom Smith


Easter Courses

'I can with all honesty say that I can not remember enjoying a course more than the recent MEhr Clef at LMH. I thought the staff and students were a great mix.'

'Huge thanks to you and your excellent team of tutors and facilitators (especially Colin) for arranging such a truly Rolls Royce (or Bentley) of residential jazz courses and making Hythe the jazz capital of the Universe for five days and nights in April!' 

'Loved the course! Tutors were fantastic and I feel my playing has matured.'

'I found the course enormously helpful in every possible way, but especially so for putting theoretical knowledge of harmony and rhythm into practice whilst improvising. I would recommend it to absolutely everyone! It is quite simply heaps of fun.'


'As always, a wonderful learning experience and so much fun!! I am constantly amazed at how much we continue to learn and feel very inspired by the wonderful teachers, new friends and incredible musicians.'

Thank you for organizing the course, which I honestly can say was the best week of my life! The course’s secure environment allowed me to feel at ease enough to push my comfort boundaries during the nightly performances, exploring and applying the principles I had learned throughout the day.’

Fulfilled my aims of developing experience performing in different settings and extending my skills working with other musicians. Great teaching. Would highly recommend this course to others.’

You really inspired me with confidence and helped me do things I never normally would have the courage to try. You also opened all sorts of musical doors for me and I came away with lots of exciting things to work on.’



Summer Courses

'Just a quickie to thank you on Joseph's behalf for the great course last week. He thoroughly enjoyed it and learnt loads. IT really opened his eyes to Jazz as I had hoped.'

'First a Big Thank You to you for running such a brilliant summer course - by far the best jazz course I've been on and I do mean what I say!
It is a quite an organisational feat that you pull off organising such a comprehensive programme for all instruments with a range of excellent tutors and the evening concerts and jams.
There have been some wonderful heartfelt messages exchanged between us singers, and for me it was a privilege to spend the week with people who love and believe in this jazz music. Lee was absolutely superb that week. God she made us work hard and her energy was something to behold, but we were all totally captivated and focused the whole time.'

First of all a big 'thank you'
to you for all your organising of the wonderful Mehr Clef Jazz Summer workshop. You worked so hard to create the great week that it was. Wonderful tutors, great bunch of students on the singers course, supportive and good fun. All the other talented instrumentalists, and of course Lee's wonderful teaching! I do hope you manage to keep the venue, it was perfect.

'Just thought I would let you know that I'm so very happy to say I got the Jazz Bass place at The Royal Academy of Music!!! I'm so surprised and ridiculously overwhelmed! I couldn't thank you and everyone at Mehr Clef enough, I can most definitely say that the course inspired me and my playing so much, and that I really don't think I would of got a place anywhere if I hadn't done the course. I also really appreciated you taking the time to write me a reference, so thank you again.'

'LMH was a fantastic venue for the last summer course and last year’s course was the most enjoyable one yet!  I accepted my undergrad Royal Academy of Music place for 2014, which I’m incredibly excited about, and I really think the mock auditions you ran at the course were the best possible preparation for the whole audition experience. I’m hoping in 2014 to come to the Easter Course as well, as others really recommended it.'

'Great Week! By far the best Jazz course!' Thank you for a wonderful 7 days.'

'I found the course structure totally engaging.
Each day was challenging, coherent and interesting. The teaching was challenging and inspiring ... but pitched at a realistic level with good information. Overall, this was an engaging piece of musical education which gives me plenty to think about and develop in the future.'

'A fantastic course. Warm, welcoming and educational. I felt very well worked after all week and had fun as well.'

'Just a line to say many thanks for a hugely fantastic week. Wow! I learned so much. I feel that I have much more confidence to introduce myself to new musician now  after the experience that MEhr Clef gave me.'

'The course was wonderful for me - very inspiring, lots of good music from both students and tutors. Everybody was very kind and supportive and I was left with the feeling that I could definitely learn to play Jazz.'

A lot of personal attention and the willingness to listen and respond to the needs and wants of the students. A fantastic experience. I loved it.’

'I attended last year and it was totally engaging, really fulfilling and completely exhausting! I look forward to seeing some of the good folks again - both tutors and students - and the long nights of music in the bar.'

'I joined the
Summer Course as a drummer and left as a musician.'

'I learned more in this week than in months of lessons.'

'We were so pleased that  the kids who are interested in studying Jazz after leaving school had a chance to try 'mock interviews'. Our son is hoping to continue with his Jazz studies and he found this very helpful. Well done for another great year.'

'The best week of my life! I learnt soooo much and made many new friends. Can't wait until next year.'

'The best summer ever. MEhr Clef is so cool !!!!!'


Vocal Workshops

'Thank you SO much for all the energy, commitment and passion that you put into the course. I enjoyed every moment and, like a sponge, soaked up all the valuable info and knowledge that came our way. You have a fabulous team and together create a challenging but safe space in which to explore and experiment. Marvellous venue too. So here you have a very satisfied (and satiated!) customer!'

'Had a fantastic
, scary, difficult, challenging, exhilarating, hilarious, sad and amazing time. THANK YOU! for providing such a warm, supportive and encouraging environment to learn and conquer our fears. Had a fantastic weekend. Am exhausted but exhilarated.'

'Lee Gibson is a stunning vocalist and a fantastic singing teacher. Lee quickly determined our strength and weaknesses. She has a very inclusive teaching style and seeks to involve everyone in a way which is non-threatening. Her wide experience as a gigging vocalist at the highest level was evident. Any criticism was at all times constructive and focused. This is very important for vocalists, who can sometimes feel very exposed, particularly as there were a variety of styles and levels of experience within the group. This course is a very worthwhile event, where singers can gain first rate performance experience in a non-threatening environment.'

The tuition has been excellent and I have learned so much in such a short space of time. My confidence has grown throughout the course and I am inspired by the whole experience. This is an excellent course.'