The Leeds Music Hub is a not-for-profit organisation, which was set up with help from funders UnLtd, Arts@Leeds, Leeds Inspired, Trinity Leeds Community Initiative Fund, Leeds University Proof of Concept, Inner North West Area Committee, Leeds City Council MICE fund, and donation from The Independent Leeds Music Awards and The Happiness Centre Helping Hand Awards.

We’re a collective of Leeds musicians that’s growing exponentially!

You can contact Kate on info@theleedsmusichub.co.uk if you might like to have a chat about the Hub, get involved or ask any questions, or follow us on Twitter (@leedsmusichub) or Facebook for updates.

Site design by Lazy Dane.

Hub People

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Kate Zezulka – Founder

I set up the Hub in May 2012, after a couple of years’ slog planning, plotting and fundraising. My background is music rather than social enterprise (so it’s been a nicely steep learning curve for me!).

I trained as a classical guitarist and branched out into other things-with-strings (easily distracted) and other styles alongside taking my Grade 8 and DipLCM exams before going to Leeds University to study Music, specialising in performance & composition as well as research into local music subcultures and community music-making.

On the rare occasion that I’m not behind the desk/in the kitchen/generally haring around at the Hub, I manage to fit in a few students here and bits of performance work as a guitarist, bassist, cellist and harpist.

The Hub came about just as a result of being born & bred in Leeds and sneaking into gigs from far too young an age – it gave me a front row seat not only to the amazingly prolific and diverse music scene in the city but also to the gaps in provision. The Hub was a way to bring extra support to the local music community and the musicians, creatives and individuals who contribute to it.

Owen Brinley –  vocals/guitar/composition tutor

Owen Brinley is a Leeds based musician, songwriter, producer and club-DJ specialising in guitar, vocal and compositional tuition. He was the vocalist/guitarist in the bands Grammatics and Colour Of Fire. Having picked up the guitar and started writing and recording his own music from the age of 13, he has a wide range of experience in music ranging from recording in top of the line residential studios like Rockfield (Wales) and Real World (Bath), to playing tours and festivals across Europe, Japan and in the USA. His experience as a live musician includes touring in support of bands such as Bloc Party, Maximo Park, Placebo, Idlewild and Biffy Clyro. He has performed at Festivals such as Reading / Leeds, V, Download, T in The Park, Sonicmania (Osaka/Tokyo), Pukkelpop (Belgium), Lowlands (Holland), Rock En Seine (France), Southside / Hurricane (Germany) and SXSW (USA). Owen’s aim as a tutor is to encourage a pupil’s individual style and bring out the personality and imagination in their playing rather than to constrict them to strict traditionalism. He believes that playing an instrument and/or singing should be about enjoyment first and foremost. His tuition focuses on what the pupil wants to achieve, be it a song they are keen to learn or a style they want to pick up. He has been teaching guitar and vocals privately for over ten years.

Grant K. Fennell – guitar/ukulele tutor

Grant K. Fennell is a Leeds based musician and singer-songwriter who has recently supported acts such as Sea of Bees (Heavenly Records), Danial Martin Moore (Sub Pop) and Jesca Hoop (Bella Union) as well as other local acts including Blacklisters, Double Muscle, Joseph & David and Humanfly. His music has also been aired by Alan Raw on BBC Leeds and Tom Robinson on BBC 6Music.

Since the age of 12 Grant has been involved with music tutoring be it guitar (electric/acoustic/bass) or songwriting, as he was a student and helping hand at The Hermitage in Essex. During this period he performed in many bands spanning genres such as Indie, Rock, Ska, Prog, Post-Hardcore…

Using this experience, Grant has taught anyone interested in any form of song-writing and guitar style in the same natural and creative way that he was taught.

Anna McDonald – violin/viola/vocals tutor

Anna McDonald is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist based in Leeds currently studying a MMus in Jazz Vocal Performance.

Anna began playing viola at the age of seven before picking up the violin a few years later. Having played with the National Children’s and Youth Orchestras of Scotland, Dundee Symphony Orchestra, Edinburgh Highland Reel and Strathspey Society, as well as doing session work for the likes of Free Nelson Mandoomjazz and Dancing Years and playing in many string quartets, she has a wide range of experience in many different styles of string playing and arranging.

Although now specialising in Jazz and Blues, Anna began singing in Musical Theatre at a very young age. Since then she has performed in every style imaginable across the UK and America. She currently performs for various bands across the country as well as performing solo material and has appeared on BBC, ITV, at the Eden Project and worked with Universal Studios on their press campaign for the movie Pitch Perfect with award-winning a cappella group The Accidentals which she also musically-directed.

Whether you want to work on ABRSM grades or just play for enjoyment, Anna can cater for all ages and abilities in a fun and relaxed setting.

Louisa Osborn – vocals/guitar tutor

Louisa Osborn is a musician and song writer specialising in vocals and guitar. Louisa has self-taught herself guitar since the age of 13 and singing came along naturally at the same time. She then went on to study music at GCSE, Btec and finally degree level, where she then graduated from Leeds College of Music with a 1st class honours degree in Popular Music. Whilst at the college, she specialised in vocal studies under the tuition of the UK’s leading vocal coaches. In that time she also went on to found the Leeds band The Witch Hunt.

The Witch Hunt has since gone on to support around the country the likes of; Still Corners (Sub Pop), Wolf Alice, Pete Roe (Laura Marling), Veronica Falls (Bella Union), Xiu Xiu (Kill Rock Stars), and played the prestigious Reading and Leeds Festival in 2013. Huw Stephens (Radio One) also took a shine to The Witch Hunt’s second single single ‘Crawl’ and made it the BBC Introducing pick of week during its release week.

The purpose of Louisa’s lessons are most importantly to learn singing techniques, but she also feels it’s extremely important to be comfortable in the lessons and to evaluate your personal goals. This is why the lessons will be all based around you and you only. Mainly, first lessons include an evaluation of what is most important to you regarding; repertoire, what techniques you want to learn, what type of music you like, are there any songs in particular you would like to sing, and, what she can do for you as a vocal coach. Being a working musician and gigging at least two times a week, she has a a great understanding in vocal technique, the anatomy of vocal folds and throat, vocal health, confidence issues and performance aspects using the experience of being a full time working vocalist.

Chris Quick – piano tutor

Chris Quick is an instrumental piano tutor, songwriter, and
professional touring and recording session musician, with many years
of experience teaching all ages and abilities piano and keyboard
skills, specialising in popular music styles.

Over the last six years, Chris has also toured the UK and Europe
extensively with the bands Ellen and the Escapades and Fossil
Collective, performing at many of the major UK festivals such as
Glastonbury, Bestival, End of the Road, and Leeds & Reading

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Mimi Harmer – cello tutor

Mimi attends Leeds College of Music studying the cello with Alfia Nakipbekova.

Starting at the age of seven, she quickly obtained her ABRSM grades and was subsequently awarded a music place at The Camden School for Girls, London.

After moving up to Leeds in 2012, Mimi discovered an interest in music education, world and contemporary music, as well as Baroque and Romantic music, which help inform her and her pupils as musicians.

Whether they want to obtain their ABRSM grades or just play for fun, Mimi is capable of equipping her pupils with the skills required.

Previous experience includes orchestral, solo, chamber, pop band and alternative settings, making her diverse both as a performer and as a teacher.

Nestor Matthews – drum tutor

Nestor has been playing the drums for 20 years and has been lucky enough to develop his own approach to drumming, composition and arrangement over a decade of playing and recording music around the world.

Currently celebrating his tenth year with the band Sky Larkin (Wichita Recordings) whilst also enjoying the creative liberties of a fresh start in new venture Menace Beach (Memphis Industries), Nestor is able to help his students play the drums with confidence and character.

He can also draw from his years of experience, both as a musician and as an industry professional, to offer informed advice on a range of topics such as technique, equipment, collaboration and performance in order to to help put his students’ newly found rhythmic strengths to use on the road and in the studio.

Dan Marsh – bass tutor

Dan is a Leeds-based musician, composer and producer who works as a tutor at the Leeds Music Hub as well as a freelance composer for film, TV, ad’s a media. Dan has 12 years experience of playing bass and is self taught in guitar, ukulele and keyboard, in 2012 he graduated from a BA Music Production degree at Leeds College of Music.

Since graduating, Dan and fellow composer and college friend Olly Farrell started up a freelance composition partnership MF Audio and have been lucky enough to create music for such brands as BBC, IRN-BRU, Sky Sports, Border Biscuits, The Scottish Government and First Great Western.

Dan grew up listening to a variety of different music from rock to pop, indie and grunge and has played in several different bands since the age of 14 when he discovered a real passion for music. His talents for sound design, composition and arrangements have seen him receive an RTS nomination and win for his work on short films and he has recently started up a new band with fellow Leeds musicians.

Dan believes everyone learns in a different way and at a different pace and adapts to teach in the way best for the student. He believes in bringing the passion for music out in all students and spurring on their excitement and the fun of playing an instrument.

Ollie Margerison – Singing/Guitar/Composition tutor

Ollie graduated from the University of Sheffield with a BMus Honours Degree in July 2015 and is now based in Leeds.
He began singing in the Carlisle Cathedral Choir at the age of eight and has studied classical singing ever since with plans to study Operatic Voice. He has regular sessions with Sir John Tomlinson and studies under Joe Bolger (Oxford, Royal Academy of Music).

As well as a classical singer, Ollie has toured as a jazz singer and guitarist throughout the UK and Europe playing at such festivals as The Edinburgh Fringe, Edinburgh Jazz Festival and Kelburn Garden Party.

With his combined experience, Ollie enjoys teaching both classical and popular styles of singing. As a composer, he has focused on avant garde/Bizarrio techniques and can offer his skills as a music theorist in both classical and jazz.

Enthusiasm and belief are Ollie’s key words; go for it!

Jordan Hodson – vocals/piano tutor