For He's a jolly good Fellow
The 2018 class from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama enjoyed a splendid graduation ceremony on Friday 6th July at the prestigious venue of St. David’s Hall in Wales' capital city. In addition to the many students who were receiving their degrees and diplomas a very special award was made to Dr. Robert Childs, Director of Brass Band Studies at the RWCMD, as he was invested as a new Fellow of the College.
Head of Music Performance, Kevin Price addressed the packed hall, giving the audience a flavour of the truly outstanding contributions Bob has made to the brass band and wider musical world, outlining his unparalleled work as a soloist, conductor and educator. Following his citation, Kevin added his own personal tribute to his colleague and friend stating, “It doesn’t matter if you don’t’ remember any of those words - when you hear our brass band then you’ll understand why we are honouring Bob today. Bob from all of us, thank you.”
The ceremony closed in spectacular fashion with a superb performance of Paul Lovatt-Cooper’s ‘Where Eagles Sing’, by the RWCMD brass band, to the obvious delight of the audience. The band was led on this occasion by Andrew Wareham (pictured with Dr. Robert Childs), who graduated with a Masters Degree in Brass Band Conducting, having studied with Dr. Childs for the past two years.