AN IT specialist in Huddersfield is giving up his day job to follow his musical dream.
Pianist Andrew Hawkett, 36, will be swapping computer systems for concertos when takes up a place at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, later this year.
The musician, who has been playing the piano since he was seven, dazzled judges at the Mrs Sunderland Music Festival this year after taking part in the contest for the first time.
He won first place in both the Chopin and Sonata open piano solo classes which adjudicators described as "outstanding performances".
Andrew, of Croft Gardens, Birkby, said: "I went to get some performance practice really. I was very nervous and there were so many good competitors.
"Music has always been a hobby and I really enjoy it. But I decided to go back and take it more seriously."
Andrew has been accepted for a full- time postgraduate course in performance at the college, starting in September. He previously studied music at Cardiff University.