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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.

Carolyn Nash

Carolyn moved to Northampton at the age of 12. She soon became the leader of the County Youth Orchestra and played for Northampton Symphony Orchestra at the age of 14. Carolyn trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, on the performers course during 1977-1979.

She has led various orchestra’s around the Northampton area including the Northampton Gilbert & Sullivan group orchestra since the 1980’s and the Northampton Operatic Group which recently won awards for ‘Whistle Down The Wind’, ‘Oklahoma’, and ‘South Pacific’. Since the late 1980’s Carolyn has led the Nash String Quartet.

For 10 years Carolyn was the violinist in the London Ragtime Orchestra performing in venues such as The Barbican, The Queen Elizabeth Hall and many more.

As well as bringing up three children she taught at Wellingborough School, Spratton Hall School and Northamptonshire High School before joining the team at Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts in 1991.

Carolyn has led Kettering Symphony Orchestra since 2010.

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