Rino Grice

Portrait of Rino Grice.

Rino's interest in music started at the age of seven with his first piano lesson. He became Bradford Musician of the Year in 1976 for his arrangements for the school orchestra, leading to him playing for Margaret Thatcher and Princess Anne.

His playing has taken him across the United Kingdom playing at the London Palladium and The Royal Albert Hall.

In recent years Rino has developed his Conducting, which has led him to two recordings for the BBC, Sky Television, the Ed inburgh Fringe and Birmingham Symphony Hall.

In 2000 he was commissioned to write two pieces, one of which was performed at the Millennium Dome, London, the other being the Millennium Anthem MMI, written as part of Bradford's Millennium celebrations. This was performed by the National Festival Orchestra and conducted by the Composer. 

He has twice been awarded Best Musical director, once for “Annie” and “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” 

In 2014 Rino moved to Milan and spends him time commuting between the United Kingdom and Italy.

Rino returned to performance, playing along side his wife in a piano duet for Milans Piano City.

In 2015 along with his wife, created the Orchestra 8note da Milano. The orchestra which he conducts and arranges for has performed at the Sala Verdi, Teatro Mahler and the Basilica di Sant Ambrogio.

Rino’s proudest achievements are his children Isabella, Oliver, Thomas and William.


Veruska Mandelli

Portrait of Veruska Mandelli.

As a child she started to play the piano at 8 years of age, she went on to study at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory, Milan, under Abbado until she graduated in 1996.

As a performer she has performed in concerts and competition throughout Europe, this has lead her to play at La Scala, Milan and the Teatro Grande in Brescia.

Teaching started when she was 16, fourteen years ago she decided to open a music school, Mondomusica, which is now one of the most important schools in Milan.

Teaching has taken she throughout Europe and also into North America where she taught in nurseries and primary schools. This also lead her to import and translate Music for Little Mozarts.

In 2006 she wrote the musical “Il Mondo di Annah” Anna’s World. It had an immediate success being performed throughout Italy on its initial run. The musical was created exclusively for children and teenagers. Now regularly performed by schools.

In 2004 after answering an email she formed a partnership with the Yorkshire Music School, creating the school exchange programme.

She now spends her life travelling between Milan and Saltaire where she has her partner Rino and their son Thomas.


Darren Dutson-Bromley

Portrait of Darren Dutson-Bromley.

Darren Dutson-Bromley studied both jazz and classical guitar in Leeds and has worked professionally as a performer ever since. In 1996 he worked for the Princes Trust where he performed with both Prince Charles and Jools Holland which led to a number of television appearances.

Also working as a composer and arranger Darren has been commissioned by the National Museum of Photography Film and Television to compose the music to the play Electronic Colours and music written by him has been used by Yorkshire Television.

Enjoying the life of the performer, various collaborations in both the jazz and classical fields have allowed Darren to perform extensively throughout the country with musicians as diverse as Martin Taylor to members of Girls Aloud. Recent appearances have included the Edinburgh Festival, Southport Jazz Festival, Didsbury Jazz Festival, Birmingham Symphony Hall and Scarborough jazz festival.


Katrina Muftee

Portrait of Katrina Muftee.

'I was first introduced to the piano at the age of 7 and have achieved Grade 8 Distinction from the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music in 2004.
I then went to study music at Huddersfield University and achieved a music degree (BMus(Hons) in 2007.

I have lots of experience playing in music festivals such as the Wharfedale Music Festival, Mrs Sunderland Music Festival and Harrogate Music Festival where I had many successes including Most Promising Pianist and Young Musician of the Festival.
I currently thouroughly enjoy teaching piano and keyboard privately to all ages and abilities and have students working towards graded exams or playing purely for entertainment.


Henry Parker

Portrait of Henry Parker

Henry Parker is a recent graduate from Leeds College of Music who performs regularly across the country, as a solo acoustic artist and as part of the Metal band 'Cryptic Shift'.

He has been learning the guitar since the age of 6 and remains an avid student who still practices for many hours a day. His studies culminated in 2015 with the acquisition of a first class Honours Degree in Popular Music from Leeds College of Music.

Henry has worked both as a private guitar tutor, and as an employee of Bradford Council, teaching music to fostered and adopted children. He tutors children through Rockschool examinations and also transcribes songs at the request of his students.

Henry's playing covers a wide array of styles, with his greatest interest residing in the two distinct genes of Metal and Traditional Folk music. Yet his current studies are focussed in Jazz with the aim of achieving an ever-deeper knowledge of the guitar.


Calvin Travers

Portrait of Calvin Travers.

Calvin Travers is an award-winning graduate of Leeds College of Music, specialising in Jazz, Pop/Rock and Acoustic styles with disciplines in performance and composition.
Beginning his musical training at age 11, Calvin has since performed at venues such as the ‘Sage’ in Gateshead, the ‘Capstone Theatre’ in Liverpool and to sell out audiences at Manchester Jazz Festival.

As well as a member of the Peter Whittingham award winning group ‘Stretch Trio’, Calvin also leads his own group under his own name, performing and recording at prestigious studios and venues across the country, including the acclaimed ‘Tonmeister’ studio in Surrey. His work with both of these groups led to him becoming a featured alumnus of Leeds College of Music.

Alongside performance with an array of artists and groups, Calvin also composes and produces music for television. Composing music for advertising campaigns by international companies such as ‘Dettol’, as well as producing collections of original library music for television and media use.



Frank Ziko

Portrait of Frank Ziko.

Frank Ziko is an active musician, based in West Yorkshire - Leeds. As a pianist, he is mostly specialised in classical music, and has performed many times in different venues as a soloist and with chamber music groups. He has been the winner and awarded participant in piano competitions.

Frank has played with many Jazz bands, currently being the pianist for The Great Yorkshire Dance Band and has been mentored by the Grammy award winner Milcho Leviev in Jazz piano, arrangement and composition. He has also worked with Rock and Pop bands and has collaborated with talented musicians in electronic music projects as well.

Since 2008, Frank has been teaching successfully students of all levels, beginners and advanced, in different subjects of their interest

In 2016 Frank gratuated from the Leeds College of Music (First in Piano Performance Course, BA), and he he continues his MA studies at the York University of Music.

He keeps a very busy schedule with teaching, studying, constantly working on repertoire, composing solo works and also making transcriptions and arrangements for solo piano, and performing in different projects as well as solo recitals.


Gina Brooks

Portrait of Gina Brooks.

I have been playing the piano since the age of seven and gained the Licentiateship of The London College of Music at the age of seventeen.

I then went on to study at The London College of Music and graduated from there before doing a Post Graduate Certificate of Education at Goldsmith's College in London.

I have taught piano and music theory for many years and most of my pupils have achieved very good grades in the Associated Board exams, many gaining distinctions.

I enjoy teaching pupils of all ages, from young children to adults, and I think it is important to be patient , encouraging and make the lessons fun to help learners of any age enjoy their musical experience and achieve their full potential.


Philip Porter

Portrait of Philip Porter.

Philip began playing the drums at the age of 9 tutored by a local jazz drummer. He has a Diploma in Music Practice and a BSc in Creative Music & Sound Technology.

As a performer Philip from a young age has played in a wide variety of bands and musical styles. He still continues to be an active musician with recent live performances on BBC Radio 6 Music and plenty of airplay in and out of Europe.

Philip currently teaches privately and in a Primary School setting. With a strong focus on developing creativity, he is exited to meet the many talented musicians that come through the door of Yorkshire Music School.


Tom Higham

Portrait of Tom Higham.

Tom began having lessons on the drum kit at the age of 12 and two years later achieved grade 8. The real foundation of Toms musical education began at the age of 13 when his drum tutor introduced him to the ‘Wigan Youth Brass Band’ and the ‘Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra’. Over the course of 5 years they provided him with invaluable experiences, touring many different countries and performing at international festivals with some greatly influential musicians such as Gordon Goodwin, James Morrison and Eric Delaney.

Tom then went on to study Jazz at Leeds College of Music and graduated with a first class honours degree in 2014. During this time, he was also awarded with placements to study on courses such as the GMF Jazz course in London and Italy. Tom is an extremely versatile player and a very strong sight reader as a result of years playing in big bands, most recently with the ‘National Youth Jazz Orchestra’. He is currently a main member of several bands with styles ranging from jazz to electronic to prog rock, whilst also being very high in demand as a freelance player. This level of demand allows him to travel the world playing the drum kit and continue to gain on his already extensive performing experience.

Aside from performance, Tom began teaching drums privately when he was 16 and has experience with students as young as 6 and as old as 80, boasting a 100% exam pass rate. As of recent, he also teaches individual and group lessons at Bradford College. Additionally, Tom works as a studio recording artist for bands and international companies such as ‘SKY’.


Raquel Álvaro

Portrait of Raquel Álvaro.

Raquel Álvaro was born in Lisbon, Portugal and grew up in Oeiras, near the sea.

At age 10 started playing classical guitar in a small music school. Later, at age 12 began singing and gigging with a band of students from the same school, exploring Rock, R&B and Pop music; and at age 14 started classical singing lessons.

Once she graduated in Visual Arts from Secondary Education at age 17, Raquel enrolled in Hot Clube Portugal, one of the oldest jazz schools and venues of Europe.

In 2015 she had the opportunity to continue her jazz studies at Leeds College of Music. Since then Raquel has had wonderful opportunities to sing not only jazz but Bossa Nova, Latin music as well as Fado (Portuguese folk music) and her own compositions in venues such as The Domino Club, Cardigan Arms, The Verve and the Venue at LCoM and The Reeds in Liverpool.

Currently working with Tempo Feliz Band, a brazilian/latin eight-piece band. Alongside her recent project the quartet called NVACRVA, inspired by afro rhythms, electronic music and jazz harmony. Raquel also enjoys working with new people in small jazz ensembles and function bands.

Shortly after graduating from Leeds College of Music, Raquel started working as a singing teacher in the Leeds area.


Ollie Miller

Portrait of Ollie Miller.

Ollie Miller is a multi-instrumentalist who specialises in guitar playing. He's been learning a variety of instruments since the age of 5 years old. He's been teaching privately for over ten years and recently graduated from the University of Leeds with a Bachelor's Degree in Music. He's been playing in regularly gigging bands since he was 15 years of age and has played at several popular local festivals. He is competent in guitar, piano, ukulele, bass guitar, drums, song-writing, music production and music theory. He currently teaches at various music centres as well as from his home studio which he's built up over the years.


Ollie teaches any ability level, from absolute beginner to grade 8 and beyond. He's experienced in teaching both very young students - from age 5 and upwards - as well as more mature learners - in their 70s and above. He teaches both groups and one-to-one lessons and fosters brilliant relationships with his students. His lessons are engaging and enjoyable as well as goal oriented and focused.


Ben Cockburn

Portrait of Ben Cockburn.

Ben Cockburn is a Classical pianist, accompanist and teacher based in the United Kingdom. He graduated in Classical Music from Leeds College of Music in 2016 with a BA Honours. Ben is also member of Clarinet and Piano duo Reed & Ivory, and has been a member of Leeds College of Music’s Camerata Orchestra, New Music Collective, Part-song choir, symphonic wind orchestra and Chamber Orchestra.

Ben grew up in Carlisle, England. He didn’t start studying the Piano until the age of 16 where he was taken under the direction of Piano teacher Nick Rimmer. He achieved a grade 8 merit in Piano within 2 years with the London College of Music examination board and won 3 awards for attaining the highest grades in his county. He often credits his Grandmother as being the biggest influence in his choice to pursue music, and the time he spent listening to her play when he was younger.

While at Leeds College of music Ben studied under the direction of internationally renowned pianist Jakob Fichert, while also working there as an events steward and Student ambassador. He has participated in several concerts and events around Yorkshire including at the Leeds City Art Gallery, Holy trinity church, Wakefield Cathedral, Christ Church Harrogate and White Cloth Gallery. Ben achieved the bronze award in 2014 at the East Coast Musician of the year and was invited back as the principal Piano student in a masterclass with Richard Utley. Ben has also taken part in masterclasses hosted by renowned baritone Roderick Williams and international Pianist Wolfgang Manz, performed with the Leeds College of Music symphonic wind orchestra and accompanied viral flute sensation Azeem Ward as part of his UK tour.

His duo Reed & Ivory won 2nd prize in the Leeds College of Music’s track of the year award in 2015 and have premiered pieces written by composers here in Britain and in the United States, most notably at an event spotlighting female composers. Ben has also performed internationally, on tour with a Camerata Orchestra in Germany.

Since graduating Ben has been teaching regularly, working as a freelance accompanist and taking part in various community projects across Leeds, with one such project culminating in a performance at the West Yorkshire playhouse. Ben currently works in schools across Leeds, teaching keyboard, full class and working with students in preparation for various seasonal performances. He has been heavily involved with theatre, working for the award winning amateur dramatic society, LIDOS, as well being a regular accompanist at the West Yorkshire playhouse. Ben currently works for and teaches with Roundhay Music, Leeds Music Academy, YMES and Tom Ball Live as well as privately, taking on a wide range of students, with his youngest being aged 5 and his oldest being aged 80! As a teacher, Ben has a 100% pass rate with all his exam students and currently prepares students for exams with ABRSM and London College of Music, theory and Practical.

Ben also works as an accompanist for students taking both Trinity and ABRSM Music exams as well as various concerts. He also accompanies professionally, working with singers around Yorkshire.



Shannon Gateley

Portrait of Shannon Gateley.

Beginning piano lessons at the age of 6, Shannon then went on to start learning the flute, aged 10 and the trumpet, aged 13. Having achieved ABRSM Grade 8 on all three instruments, and a DipLCM on the trumpet, Shannon went on to complete a BMus(Hons) at the University of Manchester, graduating in 2017. Immediately following this, Shannon won a scholarship to study a Masters of Performance (Brass - Trumpet) at the Royal College of Music, London, graduating in July 2019 with honours. Whilst in London, Shannon had the opportunity to perform at the first night of the BBC Proms, as well as numerous orchestral and big band concerts under the batons of renowned conductors, such as Bernard Haitink.

Shannon has had extensive experience teaching piano, trumpet, flute and theory to students of all ages and levels, both privately and for the Triborough Music Hub, London (Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, and Hammersmith and Fulham). More recently, Shannon has accepted a position teaching with Opera North In Harmony. She has a great passion for teaching and education, and enjoys every opportunity to share her love of music.



Emily Kent

Portrait of Emily Kent.

Emily Kent is a musician based in Leeds with a Bachelors degree in Jazz Vocals from Leeds College of Music. She has studied under the incredible Lauren Kinsella, Pete Churchill and Sally Burgess, who are known worldwide for their musicianship and talents. Performance highlights include singing at the Royal Albert Hall, Ronnie Scotts, Jazz Leeds Festival, Derby Cathedral and Buxton Opera House. She has also supported world-renowned artists including Cleveland Watkiss, The Tim Garland and Jason Rubello Duo and Werker. Emily loves teaching and sharing her passion for music with others; she is patient and encouraging to all her students, enabling them to flourish and succeed musically. She believes music enriches people’s lives and education, and that it is important for exploring one’s creativity and individualism.


Archie Batty

Portrait of Archie Batty.

Archie Batty is a Professional Trumpeter, Saxophonist and Conductor based in Yorkshire.

Archie graduated from the Leeds College of music in 2019 after studying Classical Trumpet, Jazz saxophone and Conducting and has since been working as an instrumental teacher, Music Center instructor and performer around Yorkshire. His playing has taken him across Europe performing in Germany, Czech Republic, Belgium, Netherlands and Italy, as well as across the UK including the Royal Albert Hall and Symphony Hall. 

Archie has experience teaching both Woodwind and Brass for all ages, from 4 to 60. Completing Teaching Courses at the Leeds College of music has also enabled him to teach to the highest standard. He teaches both one-to-one and groups. Archie endeavours to provide a fun, educational and engaging lesson for all of his students.



Timothy Burtenshaw

Portrait of Timothy Burtenshaw.

Timothy Watson is a multi-instrumentalist and session musician based in the north of England. He started playing guitar when he was 8 years old, piano when he was 11, clarinet when he was 12 and drum kit when he was 14, and by the age of 17 had achieved grade 8 at all 4 instruments as well as grade 8 theory, all with distinction.

He then began teaching at Innovation Music School in Scarborough and became their youngest teacher, racking up 4 years teaching experience on Guitar, Drums, Bass, Keyboard and Music Theory, and can currently boast a 100% exam pass rate for all his students, and a 100% pass with distinction rate for anyone he has seen through their grade 8 exam.

More recently Timothy Graduated from the Leeds College of Music with a 1st Degree Honours in Popular Music, with Drum Kit as his specialist study. He can now be seen playing around Leeds and Manchester with such artists as Mali Hayes, Jermaine Peterson and L’nee Golay, as well as in his original projects Wise Willis and Fluid Puzzle.



Greg Burns

Portrait of Greg Burns.

Discovering drumming from an early age, Greg started out as a classical percussionist, training at Birmingham Junior Conservatoire while studying at school. He found his real love however, in the freedom of improvised music in Jazz, the irresistible grooves of Hip-Hop and the wild dance rhythms of world music such as Afrobeat and Latin music.

Since graduating Leeds College of Music’s Jazz course with a First Class Degree, Greg enjoys playing with a vast range of artists. His creative energy is channelled through his band Necktr, but he also thrives as a session musician - playing and recording for artists such as up-and-coming electronic artist SFVEN, singers Tamzene, B-ahwe, and Hannah Willwood, and rappers Nix Northwest and Lausse the Cat, among many other groups. Through these artists he has amassed performance experience at many prestigious venues across the UK such as the Jazz Café, and many UK and European tours playing many festivals/events in countries like Spain, Croatia, Germany and Holland.

Alongside his passion for performance and collaboration, Greg has also been expanding his portfolio as an Educator over the past few years. In 2018, he became Founder and Director of Resonate Drum Workshops alongside his partner Tim Cook. Together, they lead drumming workshops across the UK, working with charities such as YAMSEN and the YMCA. This has also been taken further into the Resonate Ensemble, which was recently formed to begin working with the highly regarded Live Music Now - for which Resonate provide interactive concerts and workshops with SEN groups, Care Homes and Schools.


Cameron Ward

Portrait of Cameron Ward.

Cameron Ward is an active pianist around the country who specialises in improvisation and jazz. He is currently based in Leeds having recently finished his performance degree from Leeds College of Music.

Studying under some of the UKs greats including Dave Newton and Tom Cawley, Cameron already at his young age has many notable performances. Highlights include performing Christian Marclay’s ‘Investigations’ alongside names such as Steve Beresford, Reiner van Houdt and Liam Noble at the Huddersfield contemporary music festival and playing at Union Chapel in London supporting Matthew Bourne and Keith Tippett.

He has many years’ experience teaching a wide range of ages and abilities, spanning a whole array of styles.


James Homer

Portrait of James.

James is a talented, hard-working and enthusiastic drummer and saxophonist, based in Leeds. In 2019 he graduates from Leeds Conservatoire in BA (Hons) Jazz Drums. James has studied under Sebastian De Krom and Dave Walsh who have played with none other than Jamie Cullum, Chaka Khan and Sister Sledge.

James is very active as a gigging musician, performing throughout Leeds and the North of England regularly with multiple bands. His band 'Racoon Dog Soup' is a contemporary Jazz band performing original music. They have supported acts such as 'Rollertrio' and 'Werkha, and often take part in 'JazzNorth' education schemes. They have also played at the Leeds Jazz Festival in 2018 and at the First Direct Arena in 2019 engaging many members of the public with their music. James is also engaged regularly with function work playing pop tunes at parties, weddings and large events.

With over 6 years teaching experience he has taught in various workshops with young musicians at Leeds Conservatoire, including at the Alt-Shift-J festival. For him, music is important to explore one’s creativity and emotional development. Learning an instrument can give a sense of achievement to an individual and helps develop self-confidence and involves using multiple parts of the brain leading to improvements in certain motor and auditory skills.

Teaching in Drums

James teaches drums and percussion to all ages from absolute beginners to advanced students.

He is very patient and encouraging to all his students and has a lot of self-motivation and great organisational skills. James tries to use a range of teaching techniques to help his students, such as developing their musicianship through listening, clapping, performing and singing. He likes to engage students with creative and stimulating tasks to keep them focused and on their toes! James makes sure to pick appropriate material and exercises, depending on the student’s preferences and interests, whether it be in rock drumming, funk and jazz playing or learning to play along with your favourite bands.

He has experience working with grades and loves to see his students excel and achieve. He recognises different exam boards and their specific marking criteria and hopes to teach his students how to achieve the best grade possible, if that is what they want.

Typical lessons are exciting and focused on engaging the student with their task. Each student will have a personalised plan based around areas they want to explore, whilst also incorporating important elements such as technique, tone and theory in a fun and engaging way.


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