Dwight Pile-Gray

Dwight 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 Chineke, 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 commenced his PhD studies at the same college. Dwight is equally at home with symphonic wind band and orchestral repertoire. He joined St Giles Orchestra as one of two conductors in November 2018. He is also the conductor of The Old Barn Orchestral Society in Maidstone, Kent, and was the Musical Director of the Chalfont Wind Band in Buckinghamshire from 2010 to 2019.

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