Childs and Fisher to be awarded Iles and Mortimer Medals

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David Childs and Paul Fisher will be the recipients of the 2024 Iles and Mortimer Medals in recognition of their outstanding service to the brass band movement.

The Worshipful Company of Musicians, formed in 1500, and one of the City of London’s historic livery companies, has announced the 2024 recipients of its prestigious Iles Medal and Mortimer Medal.

The awards are made annually in recognition of outstanding service to the brass band movement. The formal presentations will be made later this year.

Iles Medal

The Iles Medal was established in 1947 by John Henry Iles, a former Master of the Company, and is awarded annually to musicians who have made a significant contribution to the brass band movement.

This year it will be made to the international renowned euphonium soloist, recording artist and educator, David Childs.

On being informed of the news he told 4BR: “I am deeply honoured to be recognised with this award. To follow in a line of some of the most respected figures in the banding movement means a great deal to me and my family.”

Mortimer Medal

The Mortimer Medal recognises service in fostering new generations of brass band musicians, having been endowed in 1995 in memory of Harry Mortimer by his widow, Margaret Mortimer.

This year it will be presented to the acclaimed performer, educator and conductor Paul Fisher.

Speaking on hearing the news he told 4BR: “I am thrilled and humbled. I love everything about what making music and especially brass band music can do for youngsters. It is the key that can open so many doors of opportunity. I just try and place that key in youngsters’ hands by playing brass band instruments.”