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.

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.

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.

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

Rose Gallaway – cello tutor

James Elson – Guitar/bass/ukulele tutor

James is a Leeds based guitarist, composer and performer who has been making music for over ten years. Composing for most of this period, James has had his music played on national stations such as BBC 6music, XFM and NTS.

His band ENGINE have supported Mercury Nominated acts C Duncan and Roller Trio, in addition to much vaunted artists like Conan Mockasin and Infinite Bisous.

James has been teaching in West Yorkshire for over four years. Tutoring in guitar, bass and ukulele, his considerable experience in a wide variety of genres allows him to tailor lessons to the need of each student. James can also teach any form of songwriting and composition, adopting a flexible approach to help the student achieve their own goals.

Niamh Byrne – vocals/piano/guitar/songwriting tutor

Emma Dutton – flute tutor

Emma studies at the University of Leeds, where she was awarded the Leeds Community Music Scholarship in 2017. Previous experience leading flute quartets and choirs, as well as playing in school, county and university orchestras, has complimented her experience as a solo player.

She has been taught by a range of teachers since the age of 7, and attended the Oxford Flute Summer School in 2014 under the tuition of acclaimed teachers Robert Winn and Kate Hill, meaning she has been subject to a range of teaching styles and methods which she draws on and adapts when teaching. Emma’s lessons are based primarily on what the student wants to improve or achieve and aim to be fun and productive.

Matias Reed
guitar/bass tutor

Professional Guitarist and Bassist in a number of bands that regularly perform around UK and Europe at major festivals and venues. I have been fortunate enough to have my original material played on BBC Radio 6. Experience playing a range of styles including Afrobeat, Blues, Classical (Baroque, Contemporary, South American), Funk, Folk, Fingerstyle, Highlife, Hip Hop, Jazz, Pop, Rock. Tailor made lessons to accommodate the needs of students.

First Class BMus (Hons) | Leeds College of Music 2010 – 2013

Nick Dodd – piano tutor

Adam Hansraj – drum tutor

Chloe Hayward – violin tutor

Matt Cliffe – sax/flute tutor

Jess Gibbard – vocals/songwriting tutor

Jake Mehew – piano tutor

Sarah Statham – guitar/drum tutor

Will Blackstone – trumpet tutor

Huw Edwards – guitar tutor

Joe Harris – guitar tutor