Supportive Studies Faculty
Music Business & Law
Aaron Casserly Stewart
Music Business, Historical & Social Context Professor
Aaron is former singer with the three time Grammy Award winning group the Sounds of Blackness and former personal assistant to Morris Hayes (Prince’s keyboardist & band leader of the New Power Generation). Winner of the 2012 NAACP Image Award, Aaron is on the Board Of Directors at Leeds College of Music and he is the Executive Producer at Supa Qween Records. Aaron is the Chair of the Black Lives Matter of Leeds and Lecturer at the University of Bolton. He is also PRS Foundation Advisor, Judge at Launchpad Leeds and former City Commissioner/Mayor of Parsons, Kansas.
Opera Management Professor
Ambra is an International Opera Manager, founder and owner of Opera Co-Pro Ltd., the first global opera production marketplace.
She is a specialist in International relationships and Marketing.
She has been a guest lecturer in Opera Management at La Sorbonne University Paris, the University of Salerno and the Catholic University of Milan.
She has a Master Degree in Economics and Management of Cultural Heritage and Performing Arts at Catholic University in Milan, Bachelor in Theatre Studies at Salerno University and BMus in Harp at Salerno Conservatoire.
Music Business [Strategy & Marketing] Professor
Federico is a board member of the Ivor Novello Academy.
He is past Vice President strategist at Sony Music, Director of strategy at PRS For Music and ISPs
He is a management consultant across media, telco and digital.
He has been a Jazz DJ, music critic and past member of the Canadian punk group “The Cryptics”
He studied at Concordia University, EPFL and McGill University.
Artist Management and Development Professor
Gabi is Music Clearances & Licensing Coordinator at Universal Music.
She has also been GHT Artist Mangement and Development.
She has been a Guest Lecturer of BA Commercial Music at Westminster University.
She is a past member of the Global Production team at PIAS, on-air radio DJ for American station Brutiful Metal Radio and Smoke Radio.
She has a BA in Commercial Music at Westminster University.
Music Business Professor
Helienne is Chair of the Songwriter Committee & Board Director of the Ivor Novello Academy.
She is an award-winning professional songwriter, musician and music and media writer for publications including the Guardian.
She was past Head of Business & Songwriter relations for the song data management platform Auddly, Digital Music News, The Musician, The Australian and STIM-Magasinet, and regularly appears on Sky News, the BBC and Swedish National Radio.
Music Publishing Professor
Justin is board member of the Music Publisher Association.
He is founder and director of Proof Songs.
He is a past talent scout for Capitol Records, A & R Consultant for record and publishing divisions at London Records / London Music; Publishing as A & R Manager at BMG Music.
He has been a university lecturer in A&R, Business Affairs, Royalties and Copyright.
Classical Artist Management Professor
Sarah is founder and Director of Lomonaco Artists.
She is past Artist Manager at HarrisonParrott.
She has been working with artists such as Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bamberger Symphoniker, BBC Philharmonic and Budapest Festival Orchestra in territories ranging from Europe to Asia and South America.
She has a BMus in Oboe at University of Edinburgh.
Kevin Le Gendre
Journalism, History, Culture, Politics Professor
Kevin is a journalist, broadcaster and writer with a special interest in black music.
He is deputy editor of Echoes, he contributes to a wide range of publications that include Jazzwise, MusicWeek, Vibrations and The Independent On Sunday.
He is a commentator and critic on radio programmes such as BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Line-Up and BBC Radio 4’s Front Row.
Erik “Blu2th” Griggs
Music Business, Historical & Social Context Professor
Multi-Platinum music producer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. Writer and co-producer with Dr. Dre, Beyoncé, Mike Phillips, The Underdogs, Tim & Bob, Boyz II Men, Babyface, El DeBarge. Recording for Dreamgirls soundtrack to Omarion, Tyrese to K-Ci, Charlie Wilson to Jordin Sparks. Erik is co-producer/writer of the Boyz II Men single, “One Up for Love” and “No Air”, with Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown. He won People’s Choice award, BMI Song of the Year award and Grammy nomination.
Gary Dennis Hines
Music Business, Historical & Social Context – Visiting Professor
Founder, Music Director and Producer of the 3-times Grammy Award-Winning group Sounds of Blackness.
Recordings, concerts, tours, wrote for and appeared with Quincy Jones, Jimmy “Jam” Harris & Terry Lewis, Prince, Usher, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Johnny Gill, Patti LaBelle, Sting, Dolly Parton, Danny Glover and Jordin Sparks.
Gary has also conducted University Lectures and Master Classes about the history, impact and evolution of African-American music and culture.
He is recipient of Grammy Awards, International Time For Peace Award, Golden Scroll For The Promise of Greatness Award and, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Macalester College, St. Paul.
Sound Engineering Professor
Francis is a Sound Engineer, Composer & Producer and owner of musicXart studio in London
He is a live recording engineer at numerous venues including London’s Steinway Hall, mixed and mastered worldwide distributed CDs for jazz and classical labels.
He is co-owner of Arysound Ltd where he produces music for television advertising. Productions include works for Gucci, Disney and Electronic Arts.
Sound Engineering / Production / Midi Professor
Tom is founder of Tom Parker Sound; past Audio Post-Production engineer at the award winning SNK Studios.
He has a BMus (Hons) Classical Electronic Music from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
He has been professor of Composition & Music Production, Sound Design, Immersive/3D Audio Mixing, Audio & Music Editing and Mixing; past Head of SAE college – Liverpool.
Voice and Theatre Professor
Filomena is a jazz vocalist, Theatre Director and Academic.
She has collaborated with top jazz artists, including Orphy Robinson, Rowland Sutherland, Cleveland Watkiss, Huw Warren, Byron Wallen, Jean Toussaint, Kenny Wheeler, Evan Parker, Guy Barker, and the London Improvisers Orchestra,
She has a MA in Theatre Directing. She has been a visiting lecturer at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, East15 Acting School, University of Essex, Kingston University, Bucks New University, and UCL.
Kodaly Technique and Performance Relaxation Techniques
Elizabeth is a classical singer, music pedagogue, a member of the BBC National Chorus of Wales and a former concert soloist of the City of Manchester Opera.
She has a Kodaly Music Pedagogue Degree from University of Szeged, Opera Degree at Franz Liszt Conservatoire (Hungary) and MMus at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama; Degree in Mathematics and Economics.
She has held performances at the Szeged National Opera, Budapest Opera House, Welsh National Opera,BBC National Chorus of Wales, BBC tour in Brittany and the BBC PROMS in the Royal Albert Hall London.
Elena is a writer, performer and producer.
Elena trained as an actress in Italy. Since moving to London, she has appeared in several stage productions, including Circular (Edinburgh Fringe), The Tempest (Steiner Theatre), Neither here nor there (Soho Theatre Studio), Clepsydra (Athens Festival) and film productions, Empathy (short film), Anna and modern-day Slavery (feature), Scrubbers (short).
Her first play, Clara, about the life of Clara Schumann was sponsored by the Arts Council of England and toured the production in Los Angeles, Australia, Iceland, Italy, Germany and the UK.