Tim Riley – Director, Primo School of Music (MA, AC ABRSM Piano)
Tim originally trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in the 1980s before embarking on a career as a musical director and composer for theatre and opera. He has worked for many well-known companies including a time as composer in residence working with the education department at Welsh National Opera, musical director for the National Youth Theatre of Wales and co-founding The Stage Centre performing arts school in 2007. He has also been responsible for training children’s choirs for the national tours of Joseph and Whistle Down the Wind at the New Theatre, Cardiff. He has written songs and incidental music for many Radio Four plays recorded in Cardiff.
Throughout his career Tim has taught private piano pupils, and discovered that his skills in the rehearsal room with groups of young performing arts practitioners were extremely transferable to teaching the piano in a group situation.
Tim is also the conductor of The Insole Court Community Choir and the St David’s Hospice Choir in Newport.
Amy grew up in North Wales and started to play the piano at the age of five. She has always loved playing and singing whether at home, with friends or in church. At the age of sixteen she became involved with a local charity Save the Family which helped children from extremely troubled backgrounds. It was here that she discovered the power that music can have to engage young people. She also discovered a talent for teaching. She went on to study music at Cardiff University (initially piano and then singing) and graduated in 2012.
Eulalio Diaz -Teaching Partner
Eulalio (we call him JR) has been teaching since 2008 and has more than fifteen years experience as a professional musician. Originally from Australia, he studied music at the University of Western Sydney before going on to teach piano ‘one to one’ and in groups. He also teaches a number of other instruments including guitar, ukulele, recorder and percussion. He is actively involved in Church music making and before moving to the UK was responsible for conducting a Parish Church Choir in Sydney. As well as being passionate about music, JR has also been involved with a number of homeless charities.
Tamasin Parry – Teaching Partner
Sydney-born Tamasin has always loved music since she started piano and singing as a child. She graduated from the Australian Institute of Music in 2008, then jumped into musical theatre, notably landing a lead role in ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘Phantom of the Opera’. She has performed piano recitals and musical concerts at the Sydney Opera House, recorded vocals professionally for international band MKF, and was invited to sing the South African nation anthem for the Tri-Nations rugby on live television. Tamasin now lives in Caerphilly with her Welsh husband and their two young children.
Suzanne is an opera singer with a big interest in youth and community outreach through the arts. She trained in Cardiff and Venice and has performed leading roles in operas throughout the UK. As a child, Suzanne lived in Indonesia where she discovered both a love of the piano and a passion for foreign languages. Suzanne also works with the Active Arts team at St David’s Hall, delivering youth and community arts projects. She has two daughters who share her love for everything artistic and allow her to see things from the parents’ perspective!
Naomi has an BA in Music from Nottingham University and went on to graduate with an MA in Music in 2019. She has been teaching since 2014. She also works as a music journalist including articles for Buzz magazine.
Anna Stonehouse – Teaching Partner
In 2016 Anna graduated with a BA (Hons) in Music from the University of Southampton. As well as being a classically trained pianist, she has also completed a Jazz and Rock course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
With truly eclectic musical tastes, she also plays with Scottish dance ensembles; ‘Strathallan’ and ‘Corryvrechan’.