The University of Huddersfield (UoH) has announced that it is to provide a new Masters degree (MMus) in Brass Band Performance.
Speaking to 4BR, Richard Ward, Head of Brass at UoH said: "I'm delighted that brass is one of the specialist areas that can be studied on the MMus.
I think it's a really strong course with access to top tutors, facilities and resources. It's also one of the best priced MMus degrees in the UK! In just one year you can transform your outlook and skills as a musician and have a top qualification to show for it."
The course's arrival coincides with a rise in many would-be mature students and an increase in the desire for further study."
He added: "Lockdown has caused many people to reassess their futures so if you've thought about going back to university, then you are not alone.
Recent data shows the biggest increase in national University applications has been from the over 35s and the number of students starting courses aged 21 and over is also rising.
It's a clear sign that many are thinking more about lifelong learning or developing an additional area of expertise."
In just one year you can transform your outlook and skills as a musician and have a top qualification to show for itRichard Ward, Head of Brass
Huddersfield hosts one of the largest music postgraduate communities in the world, with professional trombonist Tony Boorer being one.
Tony worked with the likes of the London Symphony and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras before becoming principal trombone of a major professional orchestra in South Africa. On returning to the UK, he became an affiliate student at Huddersfield where he specialises in Electronic Sound Design.
He told 4BR: "I've only got good things to say about Huddersfield! As mature student I was concerned I might be seen as 'the old bloke', but the great thing is the acceptance and respect you get from everyone.
There's an ingrained sense of community and the environment is positive and creative. The facilities are excellent. Huddersfield is an ideal place if you want to do something different, expand your skills and reach your potential. All I can say is, if you feel you have more to give, then just go for it!"
More information about the course can be found at: https://courses.hud.ac.uk/full-time/postgraduate/music-performance-mmus
...and Tony's inventive Lockdown video for 14 trombones is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ln_tNHrjm4E