Musical Directors

Dr Robert Childs

Dr. Robert Childs is a leading figure in the world of brass music. For over thirty years he has performed at the highest level giving solo performances in many of the world’s most prestigious venues.

He has given masterclasses throughout Europe’s finest conservatoires and is now recognised as a leading education specialist within his field. In 2000 Robert relinquished his position as principal euphonium with Black Dyke Band in order to become the Musical Director Conductor of Cory Band. During his tenure with Cory, the band won the World Brass Band Championships, National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain, Brass in Concert Championship, British Open Championships (three times), European Brass Band Championships (three times), Welsh Regional Championships (seven times) and led the Band to the No.1 position in the official World Rankings.

In 2002 Robert was awarded a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Salford and is also an Associate of The Royal College of Music and Fellow of The London College of Music. Robert gained a Masters Degree with distinction from University of Leeds, holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the Open University and in 2007 his remarkable achievements were recognized by the Worshipful Company of Musicians when he was awarded the prestigious Iles Medal.

In 2008 Robert was given ‘Freedom of the City of London’ and also received the prestigious John Edwards Memorial Award by the Welsh Music Guild for outstanding contribution to Welsh Music. Robert is currently Director of Brass Band Studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music, Chairman of the NYBBGB, advisor to the Harry Mortimer Trust and Managing Director of Performing Arts Education.

In December 2013 Robert was invited to become Principal Conductor and Director of Music at Grimethorpe Colliery Band. This was an offer he couldn’t refuse, stating that, “Grimethorpe was the first top Band I played solo euphonium for in the 1970s and they are probably the most famous Band in the World.” He accepted the post and the responsibilities of also being a Trustee of the Band.


Phil Randell

Phil started playing in the Winton Salvation Army and is a former member of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain.

He went on to play Solo Horn with the Sun Life Band, Bristol and the GUS band in the midlands. He has won numerous solo prizes and is a former British Open Horn Champion.

He has been a guest player with many bands and has toured extensively with the Grimethorpe Colliery Band. In 2006 he was part of the Grimethorpe band that won the National Brass Band Championships at the Royal Albert Hall. He also regularly performs with the Brass Band of Battle Creek in Michigan USA.

He was the Musical Director of the Poole Borough Band, a position that he held for 10 years, enjoying many successes. He has recently been appointed the Associate Conductor of the Woodfalls Band, working with Principal conductors Bob and Nick Childs.

Phil is married to Rosie, they have two children, Tom and Lydia.