The Music Director
Dwight Pile-Gray began playing the French Horn at the age of 12. He took a performance degree at Trinity College of Music, where he received tuition from some of the country's finest horn tutors, and where he also studied conducting with Peter Stark and Gregory Rose. During this time Dwight performed with the Junge Europe Philharmonie in Germany, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. He also played with a number of opera companies at home and abroad and was a member of numerous ensembles, including a brass quintet, a woodwind quintet, and a horn, violin and piano trio.
On completion of his degree in 2005, Dwight joined the Corps of Army Music and, after graduating from the Royal Military School of Music, took up his first post with the Band of the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. After five years with the Band of the Scots Guards from 2012 he now serves with the Band of the Grenadier Guards whilst pursuing a varied freelance career performing, teaching, and playing in recitals with his ensemble the Apollo Wind Quintet.
Dwight is a member of the Chineke orchestra the first BAME orchestra in Europe and has performed with them all over the country including the BBC Proms. He has worked with the BBC on a number of collaborations including on the Great British Orchestra challenge and worked with BBC Radio 3 as a consultant for music of Black composers.
As well as being a horn teacher he is also now in demand as an adjudicator of music competitions. In October 2018 he completed his Masters with distinction in Conducting at the London College of Music where he studied with Adrian Brown and Holly Mathieson.In January 2019 he will commence his PhD studies at the same college. Dwight is equally at home with symphonic wind band and orchestral repertoire. He joined The Old Barn Orchestral Society as its principal conductor in September 2018 and is also one of two conductors of the St Giles Orchestra in Oxford. He is also the Musical Director of the Chalfont Wind Band a position he has held since 2010.
Kate Coles grew up in Kent and began learning the violin at the age of nine, and a love of the instrument quickly developed. She later joined the Kent County Youth Orchestra and completed a BA Music at Durham University. At Durham, Kate was actively involved both in making and organising music. She played with both main orchestras, in addition to a wide variety of other small ensembles and helped to run the both the Music and Orchestral Societies.
These days, despite having trained as a primary classroom teacher, Kate can’t leave Music alone and works as a peripatetic violin teacher. Alongside the Old Barn Orchestra, she plays with a whole host of local orchestras and groups including Maidstone Symphony Orchestra, Oare String Orchestra and Rochester Sinfonietta, plus anything else different that she can squeeze in! Kate enjoys all genres of music, but the highlight was definitely having the chance to play with Baroque specialist Rachel Podger, when she was performing in Canterbury just a few years ago.