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John Paul Gatenby

Name: John Paul Gatenby

Course: Foundation Degree Music

Previous school: Kepier Academy

John Paul came to Sunderland College straight from school and studied music A-Level and BTEC, before progressing to his foundation degree. He is now self-employed in the music industry.  He described his experience at the College as happy, creative and being part of a community.

He said:

“I decided to study at Sunderland College as the lecturing staff were inspiring and previous practitioners in the field I had chosen to study.

The best thing about the College was the creativity encouraged through the course modules and also the lecturing staff.

The course wasn’t just tailored to one specific subject within my chosen field; there were opportunities to immerse yourself in a variety of subjects and creative fields.  I felt that the environment and the atmosphere within the music/performing arts community was inspiring.”

John Paul progressed to Sunderland university and gained a 1st class honours degree in Music. He is now self-employed in the industry and provides live music to some of the UK’s leading venues.