You could say that Clara and Graeme Priestly have eclectic musical tastes, from rock classics like Guns’n’Roses to Mozart and a bit of Moby in between!
Maybe it’s explained by the fact that they grew up with different musical influences? Clara had a concert pianist grandmother and was surrounded with music as a youngster. She played piano and Cuatro (similar to a ukulele) which she credits in part with helping her develop good mathematical skills.
Meanwhile, Graeme grew up in North Ayrshire listening to rock bands like Bon Jovi, alongside some classical music which he says helped him to study. Since then they have travelled the world with their work in the construction sector, living in Dubai, the Caribbean and Saudi Arabia, before settling in Croydon, gaining a few more musical influences along the way.
Both Clara and Graeme believe very strongly in the importance of music to a rounded education. In fact, their journey to setting up The Rock Project Croydon started when they tried to find music lessons for their seven-year-old son. They were convinced that one-to-one music sessions would lack the fun factor but, despite living in a vibrant area, quickly discovered there were few group lessons available.
At The Rock Project Croydon, Clara and Graeme are committed to helping children and young people gain musical skills, greater confidence and make new friendships, while having a lot of fun along the way!