Royston Nash's first meeting with the members of D'Oyly Carte Opera Company was when, as Captain Nash, he led and conducted a section of the Royal Marines Band, Deal, on stage in Act I of "H.M.S. Pinafore" at the last performance of the Sadler's Wells season in March 1970.

Born and brought up in Bournemouth, when he was sixteen he joined the Royal Marines School of Music, where he stayed for six years, during which time he gained his L.R.A.M. in conducting. He then spent a year at the Royal Academy of Music, studying the trumpet under George Eskdale and taking a conducting course, being awarded a Certificate of Merit for Orchestral Conducting and the Musicians' Company bronze medal for harmony.

He was then promoted Bandmaster, and for three years was Director of Music to the Commander-in-Chief Mediterranean, when he conducted the Malta Choral Society. His career continued as Director of Music to the Commander-in-Chief Portsmouth and then Director of Music, Royal Marines School of Music, Deal.

Royston Nash joined the company in 1971 as assistant to the Musical Director James Walker and succeeded to the post when James left to do freelance work.

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