Here at TRP Berks HQ, we’ve had a great first week running our classes and getting back on it! If you knew the discussions that come up in the office – you’d likely join us in laughter and perhaps even cringe with some of the to
pics that come up!



We had a great discussion this week about Roald Dahl and the memories we have of reading his books and our favourite quotes – we did all agree that “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely” from The Twits was one of our favourite quotes, and of course the “Oompa Loompa” song from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was one of the funniest songs of his books. However, we also came across a quote from Roald that wasn’t in his books but was one he made about being a writer and one that we all agreed upon and felt a connection with.


“We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams”


Each of our tutors are music makers and their dream was to be a professional musician – we are so lucky we can say that all of our tutors are professional musicians and that their dreams did come true.

One of our vocal tutors, Naomi Di Cillo, dreamed of being a professional singer and started training from the age of six. She has vast experience in a multitude of singing styles having performed in countless musicals and productions, including Half a Sixpence, Evita, Pirates of Penzance, Guys n Dolls and Calamity Jane at The Hexagon and the lead role in ‘B Is for Black’ which showcased at Southstreet Art’s Centre Reading; and is a L.A.M.D.A grade 8 certified singer/actor and vocal coach with a HND in Performing Arts. Naomi also sings with the Pink Floyd tribute ‘Endless Floyd’ and function band ‘Strictly Commercial’ – a dream come true performing at so many different venues.

Similarly, one of our drum tutors,Mark Vincent, took up drumming at the age of four and began private lessons through the Berkshire Music service from seven years old. At the same time as also taking piano and recorder lessons, drumming quickly turned into a passion through his inspiring teachers Michael Creech and Hamish Stewart. His parents also surrounded him with all the genres a young motivated drummer needs; from Phil Collins, Deep Purple and Buena Vista Social Club, to Yes, Weather Report and Dave Brubeck and his dream to be a professional musician was born! Mark’s band, The Arusha Accord, has had multiple releases through Basick Records and has toured extensively throughout the UK and across Europe sharing stages with Napalm Death, Meshuggah, Tesseract, Sylosis and Architects to name a few. He also graduated in 2015 with a BA (Hons) in Music from Oxford Brookes University, confirming his academic abilities too.


We want our students to feel the same way and nurture their visions. This might be to form a band, be an independent musician or singer, or to be an engineer, a chef or inventor! Whatever this vision is, learning an instrument will give them so many skills, as we have already discussed in previous blogs. The passion and dedication we already see in our students confirms that our teaching style works and that the positive mentoring we provide will create music makers and help dreams come true.


September 15th, 2017

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