It is with a heavy heart that we have learned of the passing of our good friend Kay Mellor. Leeds born and bred, Kay was a pioneer of northern drama and real-life stories, going where no other female writer, director, or actor had gone before. We’re deeply proud and humbled to have been chosen as the home venue for her two stage premieres, Fat Friends The Musical (2017) and Band of Gold (2019) – both of which were huge success stories, as was everything that Kay turned her hand to. The hearts and thoughts of our theatre family are with her family, who we are also blessed to call friends of our theatres.

The School of Rock cast

Schools of Rock

As Leeds Grand welcomes School of Rock and its cast of talented young performers, we wanted to celebrate local young musicians from our Youth Theatre and partner schools who have formed their own bands in true School of Rock style.

Keep an eye out for these up-and-coming bands from the Leeds area!

Bands from Leeds Grand Youth Theatre

Axes of Strife

Rook is in his second year at Leeds Grand Youth Theatre after joining during the pandemic when it was online only. He’s really enjoyed the move to the theatre and rehearsing in-person with the other members.

He also started playing guitar during lockdown, beginning with an acoustic and progressing to an electric. He then took part in Rock School which he loved and started guitar lessons with James Smith, who is now a performing with the band Yard Act (also Rook’s favourite band).

Rook continued his guitar lessons with Owen and now has a band of his own called Axes of Strife along with his friends: Zee (keyboard/Vox), Seth (drums) and Tom (bass).

A boy with long hair playing electric guitar on stage

Rook playing guitar at Rock School

Bands from Trinity Academy Leeds