Prestigious Iles Medals bestowed upon Childs Brothers
Two of banding's most famous and successful brothers, Robert and Nicholas Childs have been awarded the prestigious Iles Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

In a break with tradition and for the first time in its history, 2007 sees The Worshipful Company of Musicians award two Iles Medals.

Named after John Henry Iles (past Master of the Company) and awarded annually at the British Open Championships in September for significant contributions to the brass band movement, the medals will be rewarded to Drs Robert and Nicholas Childs for their continued enthusiasm for, and dedication to, the movement.

An emotional Robert Childs commented, 'It's a great honour to receive the Medal, and I was quite surprised and overwhelmed when I got the letter notifying me a few weeks ago. I am very lucky because my wife and family have always supported my activities in the banding world and allowed me to place music high on my list of priorities. The medal is as much theirs as mine'

Robert continued 'I'm also particularly thrilled to be receiving the award with my brother, Nick. He is still my best friend and we have some fantastic memories as the Childs Brothers. I'm sure my dad (John Childs) would be very proud of us if he could see us receiving our medals at the British Open this year. As I said, the medal represents hard work and support from my whole family and i'm delighted to accept it for all of us'.

Adding his comments, Nicholas Childs said 'I'm delighted to accept this prestigious award from The Worshipful Company of Musicians and even more pleased to share the prize with my brother. I'm sure my father would have been very proud and my mum will have a permanent smile'.

Robert and Nicholas will receive their Iles Medals prior to the announcement of the results at the British Open at Symphony Hall on Saturday 15th September.

'The Childs Brothers'
12 Jul 2007