Mervyn Fletcher has a Master’s (MMus) degree in performance on the saxophones and flute from the internationally-renowned Guildhall School of Music & Drama (GSMD), in London, UK. Among those he is studied with there are: Malcolm Edmonstone, Scott Stroman, Trish Clowes, Gareth Lockrane, Martin Hathaway, Christian Forshaw, and Trevor Tomkins. Previously, he studied with Mick Foster. Recent musical projects have included performing to sell-out crowds at Ronnie Scott’s (guest appearance with the Jay Rayner Quartet), at London’s prestigious Cadogan Hall as part of the 2017 London Jazz Festival, and at the Barbican Centre Concert Hall with Iain Ballamy.
His studies are the culmination of years of playing in many and varied musical ensembles aside from his day-jobs. For many years, Mervyn was a BBC News editor/producer, Communications Chief for UNICEF in trouble-spots around the world and Head of Global Media for Save the Children. However, playing music was never far away. He performs most weeks at prestigious ‘The Club at The Ivy’ in London’s Soho alongside highly-acclaimed pianist Joe Thompson. While living and working in Sri Lanka in the wake of civil war, Mervyn was a member of Pascal Algier’s Colombo band, ‘French Connection’. He’s also played flute in the Fulham Symphony Orchestra (London).
In his younger days, while a student at Manchester University, Mervyn toured and recorded as a member of Factory Records band ‘Durutti Column’ and was in the first line-up of ‘Simply Red’. He first learned to play flute & piccolo in his local community band of which his father has been Secretary, for more than 50 years, in Ely, Cambridgeshire. It was as a young teenager, who was invited to ‘sit in’ on a few tunes with ‘Knocker Cooper and His Jazzmen’, in the Rutland Angler Pub, in Oakham, Leics, that the jazz bug bit.