Tom Hutchinson



Tom Hutchinson

Tom began learning the trumpet at the age of nine and moved onto cornet in order to join his local brass band Stannington. As an early teenager he joined Barnsley Building Society Band and quickly ascended to the position of principal cornet. Tom's first taste of playing 'top man' in a championship section band happened a few years later, aged fifteen, when he joined the Rothwell Temperance Band under the baton of David Roberts.

During these formative years Tom also played solo cornet with the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain including two courses as Leader. It was the Band's Associate Conductor, Dr Nicholas Childs who noticed his talent and later invited him to join the Black Dyke Band.

Tom played for 'Dyke' on repiano cornet, and at the age of eighteen, was promoted to tutti solo cornet. He played with Black Dyke for four years, contributing to many contest successes including the British Open and both the English National and National Championship of Great Britain titles. During his time with 'Dyke' he also toured extensively across Europe and America. He was also part of an extended tour of Australia where he performed in Sydney Opera House.

During the period Tom played at Black Dyke he was also a student at The Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester where he studied trumpet and cornet with John Miller and Richard Marshall respectively, graduating with a B.Mus.(hons) degree. The most memorable musical moment for Tom as a student, was giving the world première of Elgar Howarth's Sonatina for trumpet and pianoforte in his final recital.

After Tom graduated Dr Robert Childs invited him to join the mighty Cory Band on principal cornet, and the lure of sitting on the 'end chair' for the reigning; British Open, European, World Champion Band was too great an opportunity to turn down. After leading the band to its hat-trick winning European title in 2010, and Welsh regional title in 2011, he hopes to win many other major trophies with Cory. As well as playing principal cornet with the Cory band, he is a brass tutor for Birmingham Music Service, cornet tutor for the National Youth Brass Band of Wales, and a visiting tutor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Tom is pleased to be working with Besson and playing their Prestige cornet.

At the 2011 British Open Brass band Championships, Tom was awarded the Stanley Wainright Memorial Award as Best Soloist.