Kaiser Chiefs open new venue to nurture Leeds’ musical talent

Peanut Bains, Ricky Wilson and Simon Rix of the Kaiser Chiefs. Picture by Beeks Brooks
Peanut Bains, Ricky Wilson and Simon Rix of the Kaiser Chiefs. Picture by Beeks Brooks
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MUSIC studios which helped launch the careers of a string of top Leeds bands have a new venue to help the city’s next generation of talented artists develop and improve.

Leeds Music Trust’s new building at The Old Chapel Studios in Holbeck was officially on Friday (Jan 31) – four years after The Kaiser Chiefs set the fundraising ball rolling with a generous donation.

The Kaiser Chiefs and Melvin Benn, director of Festival Republic, performed the honours at the opening ceremony at the building, designed to be used as a gig venue and as an accessible teaching space for young musicians.

The Old Chapel was the first purpose built rehearsal studio in Leeds when it opened in 1982 as Parkside Studios, Armley.

It later moved to an old Wesleyan chapel building at Czar Street, Holbeck, becoming The Old Chapel studios in 1992.

The studios have been used by bands including The Wedding Present, Sisters of Mercy, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, The Mission, Cud, Embrace, Kaiser Chiefs, I Like Trains and The Pigeon Detectives.

The project has also received support from Leeds Community Foundation “Jimbo’s Fund” and Garfield Weston Foundation.

LS14 Trust’s development manager, Nicola Greenan said: “Leeds Music Trust believes that live music is a power for good which can break down social barriers and benefit both those involved and the wider communities of Leeds.

“Our Mission is to provide educational musical opportunities that are ethical, inter-generational and inclusive.

“We support the unsupported and provide a platform for Leeds talent, creating a sense of family.

“Our aim is to promote the art of music, develop musical education and skills and provide a service to musicians and local communities.”

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