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.

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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.

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Brendan Bache

Portrait of Brendan Benache.

Brendan has been in love with the drum kit for 16 years, since the age of 8. His love for music spans many musical genres but his great passion is the study and performance Latin American music. This interest has led Brendan to study many Latin percussion instruments such as congas and bongos.

Brendan has played the drum kit in many bands playing various styles from jazz to rock and folk. He has also played in ensembles using a wide variety of other percussion ranging from bodhran in an Irish folk band to percussion in an Afro-Cuban big band.

His first experience of teaching was teaching the drum kit in a music school in Northwich, Cheshire and he has since spent a year teaching English as a foreign language in China.

Since graduating from the University of Leeds with a 1st class honours degree in Popular and World Musics in 2013, Brendan has built up a substantial student base across West Yorkshire and boasts a 100% exam pass rate.

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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.

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Alison Eastwood

Portrait of Alison Eastwood.

Alison has had an interest in singing from an early age gaining an A in her music higher from Alford Academy before moving to Aberdeen College where she gained two musical teaching diplomas and a recital diploma alongside her grade 8 music theory. Moving to "God's own county" in 2003 Alison continued her musical training at Leeds College of Music studying with the renowned Mary Plazas and Lynne Dawson, with whom she still studies. Whilst there she gained a BA (hons) in Music Studies and a Post Graduate Diploma in the same subject specialising in opera.

Alison's singing engagements have been many and varied ranging from the Countess in Marriage of Figaro to Zerlina in Don Giovanni to Mozart's Vespers. Recent solo engagements have included a last night of the proms-style concert with West Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra and Rossini's Messe Solennelle with Morley Music Society - after which they booked her to appear in their Haydn's Creation concert. Alison previously sang with St Peter's Singers under the baton of Dr Simon Lindley and also helps out with the music at St Aidan's Church, Roundhay as well as recently taking up a role as a choral scholar within the Leeds Cathedral set up.

Alison's teaching experience covers many genres and styles. She has trained in the Estill method with the highly acclaimed international tenor Paul Farrington, knows how to use the belting technique widely used in musical theatre, is attending a week at the Nell Bank Musical Theatre School with the noted actor Andy Reiss this summer and has even studied music and the deaf with the Christopher Rowbotham Trust. Equally she is very at home with her first love, Opera, still studying with the internationally renowned Lynne Dawson in York and having participated in various masterclasses run by the National Opera Studio, Royal Northern College of Music, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and Opera North. She teaches pupils and small groups of all abilities and ages - indeed having pupils at the moment ranging from a 24 year old beginner to a grade 6 standard 15 year old to a mischevious 8 year old - and is adept at most styles having pupils learning folk, pop, opera, sacred and musical theatre at the moment. She enters pupils into ABRSM, Trinity Guildhall and Rockschool exams as well as teaching pupils singing for fun or working towards a particular role.

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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.

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Paul Janetta

Portrait of Paul Janetta.

Music has been an enormous part of my life from a very early age. Coming from a family of musicians I was brought up around plethora of musical instruments of which the organ was one. This was where my journey began at the age of 8.
Since then I have been playing piano electric keyboards, synthesizers and electric organ and have developed an unbelievable passion for keyboard instruments.

As well as teaching, playing the keys has allowed me to work in some fantastic bands which started in the late 80’s / early 90’s when I formed Push Button Technology.
For those in the know we were one of the pioneers of the West Yorkshire Dance music scene and our track “Just 4 U” has now earned its place as a true classic within the clubbing hall of fame and can still be heard reverberating from numerous retro nights making a resurgence across the UK. You can find it on You Tube so please have a look and yes, it was me who wrote it!

After the dizzy days of the rave / clubbing scene I then went on to study for a Degree at the Leeds College of Music. Leeds College of Music is recognised as one of the finest music colleges in Europe.

In 1996 I headed overseas to work in a number of hotels and bars in Salou (Spain) as a professional musician which was a wonderful insight into performing in front of large audiences on a regular basis.

Since then playing piano, keyboards, synthesizers and organs has provided the opportunity to work with, and for some very well respected musicians and very well known celebrities. These include John Beck who wrote “Sleeping Satellite”, Ant and Dec, The cast of Hollyoaks and the cast of Coronation Street.

My most recent collaboration is The Big Party Band www.bigpartyband.co.uk which is a makeup of some great people and equally amazing musicians.

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Louie McDonald

Portrait of Veruska Mandelli.

Louie started piano lessons at the age of seven. She was very lucky because although her parents are not musical they always supported and encouraged her interest in music, which led her to becoming a self employed musician at the age of just sixteen and completing a degree in Music at the University of Hull in 2014.

She is now a full time music teacher, covering Piano, Voice, Song writing and Theory and a performing musician, in both cover bands and her own original material. Louie has taught children from as young as four to play the piano using her fun, patient and caring approach to support her students regardless of their musical ability.

The goal for Louie is that each of her pupils feels confident, supported, empowered, challenged and enthusiastic. Lessons with Louie are engaging, inclusive, encouraging and most importantly fun!

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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.

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Aaron Newland Bentley

Portrait of Aaron Newland Bentley.

Aaron started his musical career whilst at Dixons City Academy in Bradford where he began taking lessons in conducting and voice, his experiences since then have been a variation of projects from conducting Orchestral and Operatic works such as: Stravinsky's Rite of Spring and Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, to amateur Musical Theatre productions such as: Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Sweeney Todd, West Side Story and Into the Woods as well as performing as a Singer/Soloist in Oratorio and Musical Theatre Cabaret, the most recent performance was with the Ismena trio where he played Taylor the Latte Boy in the Cabaret ‘Glitter and be Gay' at Barons Court Theatre London 2010.

Whilst still at school Aaron attended the junior department at the Royal Northern College of Music, studying conducting with Eva Strusinska and voice with Jeffrey Lawton. Aaron specialises in training students to sing in Opera as well as Musical Theatre and other Contemporary styles collectively, and develops a comprehensive; practical discovery and understanding of vocal pedagogy along side this. Aaron also researches and provides accessible training for singers and teachers wishing to explore contrasting styles to their own with the ‘Belt to Bel Canto swap'.

Aaron is a full time Singing Teacher and Vocal Coach in the West Yorkshire area, working with children and adults of all ages in High School, Stage School and University, covering curriculum work from A level performing arts to BTEC and has students at various top performing arts institutions in the UK. Aaron's methods include in the application of voice science to singing, taking methods from Estill, Chapman and the Integration of Singing and Acting. Aaron currently trains privately with Mary Hammond.

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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.

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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.


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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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