our teachers

Tim Riley

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 plays on Radio Four.

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 award-winning Insole Court Community Choir.

Amy Bishop

Amy Bishop

Teaching Partner 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…

Eulalio Diaz

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…

Tamasin Parry

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…

Suzanne Smart

Suzanne Smart

Teaching Partner 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…

Anna Stonehouse

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’…

Emily Lucas

Emily Lucas

Teaching Partner Emily has training in the Suzuki Piano Method since 2021. The Suzuki Method is a well-known and highly regarded system of teaching music founded by Shinichi Suzuki in the 1950s. The Primo Piano Course already takes much inspiration from the Suzuki Method. Therefore, Emily’s experience, insight and  input at the school is highly…