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Peter Dunkley MBA BA ARMCM Cert Ed MISM

Peter commenced his musical studies as a clarinettist within the Guildhall and Royal Manchester Colleges of Music under the guidance of Professors Thea King and Sydney Fell. A professional career as a performer, teacher, administrator and musical director, was to follow including several seasons within the orchestra of the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company.

As well as maintaining his many interests in live performance Peter has also secured a range of posts within the education world and was recently recognised for his contribution to music and the community by receipt of a life-time achievement award from the Music Teacher magazine, a Paul Harris Award from the Rotary Club and an Honorary Fellowship from Northampton University. Peter is currently Honorary Treasurer for the Incorporated Society of Musicians.

As a conductor he has directed numerous ensembles throughout the UK and Europe from symphony orchestras to big bands, commissioning and premiering many new works and achieving acclaim with award winning performances at the UK’s National Festival of Music for Youth, Neerpelt International Music Festival, and giving celebratory performances in major venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Symphony Hall Birmingham. He has held positions as director for several music schools in the UK and was until recently Chief Executive of Northamptonshire’s Music and Performing Arts Trust.

Peter was appointed Musical Director for the Kettering Symphony Orchestra in 2009 and has been working tirelessly with the orchestra to both widen its repertoire and build on established high standards.

Trevor Dyson

Trevor was born in 1954 in the Lancashire town of Nelson and brought up in Blackburn.  He started violin lessons aged 7 at school because there were no vacancies in the brass class (his first choice) or the cello class (his second choice) – in fact he didn’t choose the violin at all.  However the violin teacher, Miss Dorothea Worden, was somewhat charismatic and Trevor carried on with lessons at school until Miss Worden suggested he have lesson with another local teacher, Miss Christine Lees, a pupil of Joseph Szigeti.

At the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Trevor studied the violin with Walter Gerhardt and Francis Howard, and chamber music with Gordon Mutter.  Here, he co-led the Symphony Orchestra, led the Repertoire Orchestra and founded the Chamber Orchestra.

After college he went to teach in Manchester where he became principal 2nd violinist in the Stockport Symphony Orchestra and inaugural leader of the South Manchester Chamber Orchestra.

Trevor moved to Northampton in 1982 and became a member of the Northampton Symphony 0rchestra.  He was asked to lead on a permanent basis in 1984 and has been the longest serving leader in the Orchestra’s history – 28 years.

Trevor worked for the Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust.  He is an accomplished orchestra trainer and has conducted the Junior, Training and award winning Youth Orchestras. Trevor plays on a 1880 Parisian violin by Jules Granjon.

Trevor took over as Leader of KSO in September 2018. 

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