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 Edinburgh 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”

Recently Rino has returned to performance, 2013 saw him playing along side his wife in a piano duet in Milans Piano City. 2014 he performed in “Clara Schumann” and evening of music performed by the musician. 2015 will see him again performing in Piano City as he is will playing in a production of “Beethoven Lives Upstairs”

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

Course: PianoTop

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.

Course: Junior Piano Course, PianoTop

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.

Course: Guitar, Bass, Rock Band, GCSE MusicTop

Sam Foster

Portrait of Sam Foster.

Sam began learning the drums aged 8 and whilst at school began playing with the Merton Youth Jazz Orchestra where he had the opportunity to play all over Europe, including at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Whilst in sixth form, Sam started teaching drums privately and has been ever since. In 2010 Sam moved to Leeds to study Popular and World Music at the University of Leeds and began gigging regularly with 'The Wonderful Sound of the Cinema Organ' (alongside YMS Piano teacher Matthew Aplin). Whilst completing the degree Sam joined the Yorkshire Music School and since then has also starting working at Titus Salt School.

Course: DrumsTop

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.

Course: Junior Piano Course, PianoTop

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.

Course: GuitarTop

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.


Course: GuitarTop

Adrian Walkinshaw

Portrait of Adrian Walkinshaw.

Adrian was introduced to the piano 20 years ago, when he took his first lesson at the Yorkshire Music School.

Since then Adrian has gone on to play with various bands and musicians and has performed solo at venues such as Bradfords St Georges Hall and Ilkley Kings Hall. In 2000 he won first prize for piano recital at the Wharfedale Music Festival.

Aside from his musical performance skills Adrian has a HND in Music Production, which he studied at Leeds College Of Music.

Adrian has a wide knowledge and interest in various types of music ranging from classical to rock to electronic and dance. He has composed and produced music for films, animations and Playstation games.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Course: DrumsTop

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’.

Course: DrumsTop

Chris McIntyre

Portrait of Chris McIntyre.

Chris began having drum lessons aged 10 with a local tutor. He achieved grade 8 Rock school on Drum kit aged 14 and soon found himself in the Wigan Schools swing band. He was fast-tracked into the Award Winning Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra (WYJO) and with them won the Great North Big Band Competition twice and took part in three European tours. He was then invited to join the newly formed Greater Manchester Jazz Orchestra (GMJO).

With GMJO, he played in many prestigious concerts. The most notable being in 2014, when he had the once in a lifetime opportunity playing at the Royal Albert Hall to commemorate the centenary of the start of WW1 in a specially commissioned piece.

Chris went on to study Jazz at Leeds College of Music (LCoM), where he graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in 2018. Whilst at LCoM, Chris had some amazing performance opportunities. Highlights include a concert playing in the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra with guest saxophonist Julian Argüelles (directed by Richard Iles) and playing in Barcelona with the Student Union Big Band.

Chris is experienced in a wide range of genres from Classic Rock to Dance Music - Samba to African Music, but specializes in Jazz and Contemporary Music. Most recently he channels his creativity into his current project “Morpher”, who plan to release their debut album in 2019 and will open at this years Lancaster Jazz Festival.

Some other notable performances include; London Jazz Festival, Cloud spotting Festival and the Wigan International Jazz Festival.”

Course: DrumsTop

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.

Course: Vocals, PianoTop

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.

Course: GuitarTop

Markus Siegel

Portrait of Markus Siegel.

Markus is an enthusiastic Classical Pianist and Keyboard player with 10+ years of performing experience ranging from classical performances either solo or ensembles, to pop bands and musical theatre work. In 2017 he graduated from Leeds College of Music where he specialised in Classical Piano Performance.

Other than being a Pianist Markus is also a composer and producer, making a name for himself as a professional film and media composer in Leeds. Having worked in collaboration with film and animation students from Leeds University, Leeds Beckett University and Leeds College of Art he has developed a portfolio of a wide range of styles.

Course: PianoTop

Florence Carruther

Portrait of Florence Carruther.

Having started learning from the age of 5, Florence has since then obtained her ABRSM grades 1-8 in classical piano. She then went on the study Music at A-Level and has recently graduated from the University of Leeds with a BMus degree in music performance, during which time she was awarded the Frank Toothill Performance Prize for outstanding achievement in vocal performance. Florence spent her third year of study at the Académie Supérieure de Musique de Strasbourg, where she received voice lessons with Marie Kobayashi, following tuition from Geraldine Cassidy and repertoire coaching Martin Pickard. Alongside her teaching practice, she is currently working towards attaining an ABRSM Vocal Performance Diploma and a Teaching DipABRSM in piano, as well as working part-time within the head of operations department for the Leeds International Piano Competition.

By incorporating a wide range of learning methods and skills during her lessons, Florence’s teaching approach strives to actively encourage well rounded musicianship. Her ultimate goal is to help you enjoy making music. As well as providing a solid foundation in technique, Florence’s lessons aim to facilitate your ability to express yourself through music in an encouraging and non-judgmental environment. You’ll ideally leave feeling inspired and enthusiastic about what has been honed in the lesson and what is still to be discovered!

Course: Piano, VocalsTop

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