Tom Hutchinson to feature in NYBBGB Open Day

Young brass and percussion players between the age of 13 and 18 are invited to a virtual open day of the 80-strong National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, the UK’s leading brass band for young people. The free-of-charge open day, which will be held on 6 April, will feature a masterclass with Cory Band principal cornet player, Tom Hutchinson, one of the world’s finest brass players and soloists.

The event will give the young musicians the chance to experience first-hand what it is like to be a member of the band, as well as the chance to ask questions with Richard Milton, the Youth Brass Bands Operations Manager, former Head of Service, Salford Music and Performing Arts Service and Dr Robert Childs, Director of Artistic Planning, Director of Brass Band Studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.

Sectional rehearsals will be led by the band’s tutors, drawn largely from leading orchestras and brass bands. James Fountain, cornets; Mark Wilkinson, cornets; Andrea Price, percussion; Les Neish; Glyn Williams, baritones and euphoniums; Helen Williams, flugel horns; Owen Farr, tenor horns and Chris Jeans, trombones. The session will be held during the Youth Brass Band’s forthcoming Easter Course, which due to the ongoing pandemic, will be a mix of virtual and physical performances and educational opportunities. 

Richard Milton, the Youth Brass Band’s Operations Manager, and who will also be taking part in the Open Day, said: “The Open Day will be a fantastic opportunity for youngsters who want to go on to develop. Not only will they get to listen to masterclass from Tom Hutchinson, arguably one of the world’s finest cornet soloists, but they’ll get to listen in to sectional rehearsals, led by a stellar cast of the best of the best.”

The Youth Band’s Easter Course will take place between 4th and 6th April and following the Government’s latest advice on Covid-19, the three live days will be held during the Spring half-term. The gala concert will be broadcast on Friday 18th June. To book a place on the open day, which will be held between 10am and 1.30pm register via this link:


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