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University of Salford set for future pathways

40 years after its ground breaking brass band course, the University of Salford continues to build new musical pathways...

Salford students


The University of Salford's Musical Arts Programme (Classical & Band Studies) has congratulated students who recently graduated at this year's winter ceremonies.


One of those was Canadian musician Hummie Mann, who graduated with a PhD in Composition, which focused on 'Composing for Film' supervised by Professor Stephen Davismoon.

Hummie is already an experienced composer working in film and television and is a two-time Emmy Award winner who has collaborated with many Hollywood directors including Mel Brooks on 'Robin Hood Men in Tights' and Peter Yates on 'Year of the Comet'.


Meanwhile, the University has introduced the new 'MPhil in Music' to its portfolio of available courses.

This increasingly popular pathway targets graduate Musical Arts students who are looking to continue postgraduate study, and has the benefit of enabling them to progress onto the full PhD qualification.

Entry onto the course is available at four separate points throughout the year and course content and direction is tailored to suit individual's needs. Currently the University has students studying conducting and performance, but the course is also available to prospective students wishing to specialise in composition or musicology.

Students interested in this opportunity should contact Dr Brett Baker:

2016 is also important year for the School of Music & Dance as it marks the 40th anniversary since the first music, specifically band musicianship courses were offered as a formal qualification4BR


2016 is also important year for the School of Music & Dance (formerly Music & Performance) as it marks the 40th anniversary since the first music, specifically band musicianship courses were offered as a formal qualification.

Pioneered by the late Roy Newsome, Goff Richards and David Loukes, over the years it has facilitated the careers of many of the banding movement's finest performers, conductors, composers, arrangers and teachers.

The milestone makes the Musical Arts programme at Salford the longest running such course in the world, and the university will be celebrating the achievement with a celebration concert held at Peel Hall in the Autumn.


The concert will also provide an opportunity for alumni and potential students to look around 'New Adelphi,' the university's multi-million pound investment in music, performance and arts which is on schedule to open in mid-2016, and which will offer facilities unrivalled by any other music department in the UK.


Plans set for Bolsover Summer School

February 24 • More exciting plans have been put in place for the sixth Bolsover International Brass Band Summer School led by Steven Mead in July — and you can be a part of it...


RNCM announces major Philip Jones Brass Ensemble competition

February 24 • A major partnership between the RNCM in Manchester and Ursula Jones will see the hosting of the inaugural Philip Jones International Brass Ensemble Competition in July 2019.

Centre Stage

Drum rolls please — and keep it deliberately quiet

February 24 • The new MP-Drum from Centre Stage Percussion is being unveiled at the North West Regional Championship.


2018 Spring Festival details announced

February 24 • The list of bands competing at the 98th British Open Spring Festival have been announced by the contest organisers.

Contest: North West Regional Championships

Sunday 25 February • Winter Gardens Complex, Church Street, Blackpool. FY1 1HU

Friary Guildford Brass Band - the best of Guildford's musical talent

Sunday 25 February • Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook, Guildford GU1 3UX

Northop Silver Band - Northop Brass

Thursday 1 March • Northop Band Room CH7 6BQ

Regent Hall Concerts - Guildhall Brass Band

Friday 2 March • Regent Hall. (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London W1C 2DJ (opposite RESERVED) W1C 2DJ

Contest: Yorkshire Regional Championships

Saturday 3 March • Corporation St, Huddersfield HD1 2TA

Enderby Band

February 24 • Enderby Band are looking for a SOLO TROMBONE to join us after the Area Contest. We are a hard-working and sociable band and are looking for a committed player to fill a key seat. We have a sensible mix of concert and contests throughout the year.

West Somerset Brass Band

February 23 • West Somerset Brass is looking to strengthen its cornet and baritone section. We are a community band playing all over Somerset and hope to undertake a tour to France later in the year. If you can play whatever standard please make contact

The Corsham Band

February 22 • Having now been promoted to the 2nd Section for the forthcoming Contest season, the band are now looking for a back row cornet player, 2nd or 3rd, to join our team

Mark Wilkinson

Cornet Soloist, Teacher, Adjudicator, Conductor