Conductor tests the Royal Marines with musical masterclass

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CONDUCTORS of the Royal Marines Band were given a musical masterclass by one of the worlds best maestros.

Dr Nicholas Childs is the conductor of the world renowned Black Dyke Band and has won five national championships.

WORLD-RENOWNED MUSIC MAESTRO PUTS'ROYAL MARINES TO THE TEST''A world-renowned music maestro has put top military musicians through their paces in Portsmouth.''Dr Nicholas Childs, in charge of the world's most famous brass band ' the Yorkshire-based Black Dyke Band - passed on top tips to student Royal Marines bandmasters.''He put five trainee conductors to the test during an intensive four-hour coaching session as they directed the 39-strong Royal Marines Band Portsmouth.''Dr Childs took over Black Dyke Band in 2001, guiding them to five wins in the National Championships. This year they have claimed a rare brass band 'double', winning both the British Open and the National.''In all Black Dyke have won 23 national titles, 30 Opens and a record 12 European Championship titles.''Lieutenant Daryl Powell, the Portsmouth band's Director of Music, said: 'We were delighted to welcome such a prominent figure to our band room. Dr Childs is known and respected throughout the music world and our musicians thoroughly enj

WORLD-RENOWNED MUSIC MAESTRO PUTS'ROYAL MARINES TO THE TEST''A world-renowned music maestro has put top military musicians through their paces in Portsmouth.''Dr Nicholas Childs, in charge of the world's most famous brass band ' the Yorkshire-based Black Dyke Band - passed on top tips to student Royal Marines bandmasters.''He put five trainee conductors to the test during an intensive four-hour coaching session as they directed the 39-strong Royal Marines Band Portsmouth.''Dr Childs took over Black Dyke Band in 2001, guiding them to five wins in the National Championships. This year they have claimed a rare brass band 'double', winning both the British Open and the National.''In all Black Dyke have won 23 national titles, 30 Opens and a record 12 European Championship titles.''Lieutenant Daryl Powell, the Portsmouth band's Director of Music, said: 'We were delighted to welcome such a prominent figure to our band room. Dr Childs is known and respected throughout the music world and our musicians thoroughly enj

Yesterday he joined the 39-strong band at Portsmouth Naval base to put them through their paces.

Dr Childs said: ‘They are just a brilliant band. This is like being unleashed with a Ferrari.

‘In the world stakes of orchestras and bands they don’t come better than this, so for the conductors to come and practice your skills with a band like this they are very lucky.’

One of the conductors he coached was Hannah Trudgeon who said: ‘Being with the Band Masters means we focus on conducting.

WORLD-RENOWNED MUSIC MAESTRO PUTS'ROYAL MARINES TO THE TEST''A world-renowned music maestro has put top military musicians through their paces in Portsmouth.''Dr Nicholas Childs, in charge of the world's most famous brass band ' the Yorkshire-based Black Dyke Band - passed on top tips to student Royal Marines bandmasters.''He put five trainee conductors to the test during an intensive four-hour coaching session as they directed the 39-strong Royal Marines Band Portsmouth.''Dr Childs took over Black Dyke Band in 2001, guiding them to five wins in the National Championships. This year they have claimed a rare brass band 'double', winning both the British Open and the National.''In all Black Dyke have won 23 national titles, 30 Opens and a record 12 European Championship titles.''Lieutenant Daryl Powell, the Portsmouth band's Director of Music, said: 'We were delighted to welcome such a prominent figure to our band room. Dr Childs is known and respected throughout the music world and our musicians thoroughly enj

WORLD-RENOWNED MUSIC MAESTRO PUTS'ROYAL MARINES TO THE TEST''A world-renowned music maestro has put top military musicians through their paces in Portsmouth.''Dr Nicholas Childs, in charge of the world's most famous brass band ' the Yorkshire-based Black Dyke Band - passed on top tips to student Royal Marines bandmasters.''He put five trainee conductors to the test during an intensive four-hour coaching session as they directed the 39-strong Royal Marines Band Portsmouth.''Dr Childs took over Black Dyke Band in 2001, guiding them to five wins in the National Championships. This year they have claimed a rare brass band 'double', winning both the British Open and the National.''In all Black Dyke have won 23 national titles, 30 Opens and a record 12 European Championship titles.''Lieutenant Daryl Powell, the Portsmouth band's Director of Music, said: 'We were delighted to welcome such a prominent figure to our band room. Dr Childs is known and respected throughout the music world and our musicians thoroughly enj

‘Every time you get in front of the band, it just gets better and better.

‘It is amazing having Nicholas here and when he gave you a tip, you could instantly hear the difference.’