BTM Band: Next Generation
One of the most successful youth brass bands in Wales, BTM Band: Next Generation provides high-quality musical tutorship in a relaxed and social atmosphere.
Few hobbies are quite as rewarding as playing an instrument, but the steep learning curve and cost can prove prohibitive for many.
BTM Band: Next Generation provides a cost effective learning environment, tutoring under award-winning musicians, with free loan-instruments.
Members of the band will learn from British Open Solo Champion and 3-time National Eisteddfod 'Blue Riband' winner Mark Hutcherson. With over 40 years' experience playing, this is a fantastic opportunity to learn from a true virtuoso.
BTM Band: Next Generation is the youth section of the BTM Brass Band, one of the most successful brass bands in the country. "BTM" stands for Bedwas, Trethomas and Machen: three villages nestled together in an old South Wales mining community. BTM Band: Next Generation band has been in existence for many years - and several of its members have progressed into the BTM Band, representing the Band at the highest level both at home and abroad.
The current Next Generation is benefiting from state-of-the-art facilities in BTM's newly-refurbished bandroom on Newport Road, Bedwas, thanks to grants from the Welsh Assembly Government in 2010.
The Next Generation plays a wide variety of music (some even especially written for it), and the Band perform throughout the Caerphilly Borough and further afield on a regular basis. Have a look at our Events page for details of forthcoming performances.
For more information why not contact us.
For new beginners of all ages
Thursday – 18:00 - 19:30
BTM: Next Generation
For players Grade 4 standard and above of all ages
Tuesday – 18:00 - 20:00
Mark Hutcherson B.Eng B.ed – Musical Director
Mark began playing at the age of 8 as a founder member of the BTM Band. He was initially taught by Cynon Jones and to this day, Mark is extremely grateful to him for the fantastic musical grounding he provided. As with most players, Mark began on Cornet, later changing to Baritone and eventually to Euphonium in 1981.
Since changing to Euphonium, Mark has established himself world-wide as one of the finest exponents of this instrument. In 1987, he became the first ever Brass Instrumentalist to win the coveted instrumental “blue riband” solo competition at the National Eisteddfod, a feat he repeated in both 1988 and 1993.
Mark has regularly competed at the British Open Solo championships and has won the Euphonium category on six occasions. In 1990 he achieved the ultimate accolade by becoming the British Open Solo Champion, going on to represent Great Britain in the Brass International Musician of the Year Contest held in Auckland, New Zealand where he came home with a very creditable 2nd Prize. He has also featured as soloist on many Radio Broadcasts and on the Band’s CDs as well as at concerts all over Europe. Mark has also toured Canada and the USA as guest soloist with the Aber Valley Male Voice Choir. Mark was also a founder member of the National Youth Brass Band of Wales and in 1985 was awarded “the most outstanding student” by the tutors.
He has shared (as Solo Euphonium) the dramatic rise and success, especially in the late 1980s and 1990s, of the BTM Band. They represented Wales at 2 Europeans and at 10 National Championships since they gained Championship status in 1985.
In 2012 Mark was honoured to receive the Caerphilly County Borough Mayor's Civic Award for outstanding work in the community.
Mark has arranged and composed music especially for the well known BTMX 10-piece ensemble, made up of members from the Senior Band. He is now using that experience to good effect by turning his attentions to the full Brass Band and Youth Band ensembles.
BTM Band have their own recording studio where Mark has recorded and produced their last 4 CD’s. He also works with and records local rock bands, vocalists and choirs. He is currently a full time school teacher at Newport High School.
Check out the Youtube link to watch Marks' winning performance of Philip Sparkes' "Pantomime" to become The 1990 British Open Solo Champion. The contest was held at The Mill on the Pier at Wigan. Mark speaks highly of the very warm welcome given by the organisers Keith Hollinshead, Frank Hodges and all their staff. A special thank you to all who supported Mark at this event.