Mariela Cingo (principal)
Concert Pianist, Choir Master and Theory Specialist
Mariela Cingo started playing the piano at the age of six, inspired by her mother (an opera singer) and her first ever piano teacher Mr Petrika Mele. Mariela gave her first piano concert at the age of 7. By the age of 12 she had won her first competition and played Haydn Piano Concerto with a Philharmonic orchestra.
In 1995, Mariela won a scholarship to study at the London College of Music.
Mariela is the winner of several renowned festivals and piano competition including Croydon, Reigate Festival etc.
Her repertoire includes famous classical composers such as: Beethoven, Mozart, Grieg, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff and many more. Mariela plays regularly with various orchestras such as: The BBC Ariel, Whitehall, Blackfriars, Amici, Tonbridge Philharmonic, Hillingdon Philharmonic, Northdowns Sinfonia and many more in venues such as St John Smith Square, Cadogan Hall and Barbican.
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Tomorr Kokona (Creative director)
Creative Leadership Business Coach and Best Selling Author
Tomorr Kokona is a creative leadership business consultant, coach and mentor. He has a background as an elite international arts practitioner specialising in theatre, movement and choreography. Otherwise known as the English National Opera Artist who trained the Scotland Yard Officers. Tom uses this wealth of experience and wide array of skills to help individuals and businesses prosper.
Through consultations and seminars Tom has inspired positive change for thousands of creative people worldwide; unlocking potential, stimulating growth and transforming lives.
This vast experience stems from a history of creating large-scale cultural events, bespoke programmes and creative businesses. Tom works as a solo arts entrepreneur and also in partnership with private and public organisations.
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Hannah is a solo and ensemble pianist interested in a wide range of Classical/Contemporary Classical and Jazz repertoire, alongside her own compositions and arrangements. She trained to Master’s level at the Goldsmiths University of London achieving a Distinction in Music Performance and Related Studies. Hannah has performed in concert halls and on stage with bands and singer-songwriters. One of her favourite performance venues was in the Belfort Citadel in Northern France, on tour with an electronic pop band.
Hannah believes the primary reason we’re attracted to music is that it captures a feeling that cannot be expressed in words, and it gives us a way to connect with others meaningfully. Music enriches and gives value to people’s lives, giving them the opportunity to share around a campfire with friends and family, or in a concert hall.
One of her favourite composers John Luther Adams quotes, “I believe that music has the power to inspire a renewal of human consciousness and culture”. Hannah treats every student as if they hold the power within them to create a positive change through their music. She strives to create a warm, encouraging space, hoping to guide children in exploring their individual artistic expressivity, helping them to become the best version of themselves. Her ethos resonates with Stage Talent when it comes to teaching: “to build confidence, enhance creativity, and strive for excellence.”
Video of Hannah performing a programme with works by John Cage, Olivier Messiaen, and John Luther Adams.
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My musical journey began at age of six. After years of going to music school, I realised that I have a passion for music and that I would like to be a piano teacher. For the last 30 years, I have been teaching and am now in my 6th year of teaching for Stage Talent Academy. Teaching is a challenging job. I have to be adaptable, organised and creative. Each of my students has a different learning style, therefore, each lesson is unique. Our classes are full of joy, fun and the ability to learn. My main motto is to pass my passion and love to play the piano to all my students. One of my favourite music quotes, “ life is like a piano, what you get out of it depends on how you play it”.
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Office and Media Assistant
Millie Ralph is a Freelance Creative Coordinator for Stage Talent. She has come from a background in the Arts and Holistic Wellbeing, bringing a diverse approach to her attitude and work. She also teaches Meditation, Yoga Nidra and Sound Therapy, as well as her most important role to date – becoming a new Mother. Millie passionately believes the power of music can enhance children’s (everybody’s) emotional, mental and physical wellbeing. She is a cheerleader for Stage Talent and the work they produce.
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PR and Copywriter
Alice Taylor was born in the UK but has lived in Malta and Cyprus before settling in Albania in 2017. She started studying the violin at the age of four after being inspired by Disney’s Fantasia. She progressed to Grade 7, at the same time taking up the piano (Grade 5), voice (Grade 5) and dabbling with the cello. A freak accident at 16 stopped her musical career but she still enjoys listening to classical music and the benefits that her musical education gave her. She has a young daughter who attends regular music classes and enjoys piano. Alice is a professional journalist but adores writing about music. She is an advocate of gentle, child-led learning and believes in nurturing creativity and self-expression to create well-rounded children.
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