Besson Artists

The international brand boasts a wealth of talent.

Tom Hutchinson

In Tom's formative years he played solo cornet with the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, which was where the band’s associate conductor, Dr Nicholas Childs, noticed his talent and invited him to join the world famous Black Dyke Band. Tom played for ‘Dyke’ on repiano cornet until he was was promoted to tutti solo cornet aged 18.

Tom played with Black Dyke for four years, contributing to many contest successes, including the British Open, English National and National Championship of Great Britain titles. During his time with ‘Dyke’ he also toured extensively across Europe and Australia.

After his graduation, Tom was invited to join the mighty Cory Band as principal cornet, leading the band to its hat­trick winning European title in 2010 and Welsh regional title in 2011.

As well as playing principal cornet with the Cory band, Tom is a Professor of Cornet at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Brass specialist with Ev­entz Music, Cornet tutor for the National Youth Brass Band of Wales and Cornet tutor for the National Children’s Brass Band of Great Britain.

As a Besson artist Tom represents the Buffet Group across the world. In the past two years alone he performed in Australia, New Zealand and most recently in 2016 the USA and Japan.

Tom plays the Prestige 2028 Cornet.

Roger Webster

Roger has been playing at the highest level with brass bands for over three decades. As a principal player, he has spent 10 years with Black Dyke, seven with CWS Glasgow, four with Grimethorpe and a short spell at Brighouse & Rastrick. Alongside these commitments, Roger has been active as a soloist, visiting over 25 Countries and performing in many of the World’s most prestigious concert halls. For many years, as well as playing in our top brass bands, Roger worked with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra performing and recording some of the great orchestral repertoire.

His work as a pedagogue is well known, with many of his students past and present making their own mark on the music world. As a psychologist, as well as a musician, Roger helps musicians with areas of social phobia, and in particular performance anxiety – helping each student to achieve their potential and enabling them to deliver their best at all times.

His latest CD ‘My Heroes’, was recorded at the Guards Chapel adjacent to Buckingham Palace, with the Guards Brass Band for the Help for Heroes charity. Roger continues to work as a soloist and teacher worldwide on trumpet and Cornet.

Roger uses a Prestige 2028 and Sovereign 928G.

Emily Braverman

Emily grew up near Cambridge and began playing the cornet aged 7. She progressed through the Training and Youth sections of the Fulbourn and Teversham RBL Band before switching to the euphonium and joining the Senior Band.

She was a member of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain for four years under the world-famous conductor Bramwell Tovey.

In 2005, aged 14, Emily was accepted into Chetham’s School of Music and remained in Manchester for the next eight years, attending the RNCM and studying with David Thornton. During this time, Emily was a dedicated member of the Marsden Silver Prize Band in Yorkshire. Highlights included winning the Senior Cup contest and coming third in the All England Masters and the Scottish Open Championships.

At the Whit Friday Marches she has been awarded the ‘Best Euphonium’ title in several locations.

In 2012 Emily became a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music, following a recital of contemporary music which she also performed at the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference in Linz.

Emily plays a Prestige 2050 Tenor horn.

Amy Ewen

Amy is principal baritone player for the world famous Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band and became the first female baritone player to be appointed in the institution’s 140 year history, at the tender age of 21.

Born in Hampshire, Amy received a First Class Honours degree from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire under the tutorage of Matthew White and Philippe Schwartz. During which time she was also a member of the Grimethorpe Colliery Band .

Amy has performed in prestigious venues such as Symphony Hall, Royal Hall and the Royal Albert Hall and is the founding member of tuba quartet, When Tuba Come One – winners of numerous prizes.

Keen to promote the potential diversity of the baritone, Amy also enjoys performing her baritone across other genres, such as: orchestral pop with Ollie West & the Wildflowers and also in Birmingham Opera Company’s 2019 production of ‘Lady Macbeth of Mtsenk’ with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

She is currently studying a Masters in Music with David Thornton and Steven Mead at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Amy plays a Sovereign 955 Baritone horn.

Leanne Stamp

Leanne Stamp earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Euphonium Performance at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Solo Performance from the prestigious Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

Leanne' playing has taken her across the United States as well as Europe; performing at regional and international conferences and festivals, as both a soloist and chamber musician.

As a strong proponent of music education, Leanne serves as a brass clinician and adjudicator for many organizations on a district, regional, and state level and is a sought-after performer and clinician in the southwest area.

As a private instructor, Leanne maintains a large private studio and continuously works with students of all ages and abilities in the San Diego and Las Vegas areas. Most recently, Leanne moved to the Southern California area where she holds the position of Adjunct Professor of Applied Low Brass at the University of San Diego.

Leanne plays a Prestige 2051/2052 Euphonium.

Ben Thomson

Ben became the Principal Tuba player with the London Symphony Orchestra in 2019. Prior to this appointment he also held the same position with the Orchestra of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden since 2013, and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra from 2011-2013.

For two years running Ben won the BBC Radio 2 Young Brass Soloist of the Year, after which he performed concertos with such ensembles as the Ulster Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and Black Dyke Brass Band. He has given recitals for the Manchester Midday Concert Series in the Bridgewater Hall, the Leeds International Concert Season and the RNCM’s international Festival of Brass.

Ben was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the European Union Youth Orchestra. He has since performed with most of the UK’s orchestras and has also worked abroad including a trial with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra based in the Sydney Opera House and a long-term contract with the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra.

Ben is the Professor of Tuba at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and a tuba tutor for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.

Ben plays the Besson 980/981/982 Tubas.