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Why did you choose Barnfield?

“Barnfield College had good facilities to run the type of course I wanted, and it was also close to where I lived.”

Why did you choose your particular course?

“I had an interest in music since I was young and found myself at 15 years old particularly interested in the technical side of music and how music was created so was keen to learn to produce, record and mix in studios.”

What do you remember most about your time here?

“The amount of support my tutor gave me throughout my final year of the course. My first child was born that year and my tutor supported me and made sure I didn’t drop out and that I completed my course.”

Ryan Upton at The Grove, Dunstable
The Grove Theatre, Dunstable

What are you doing now?

“After Barnfield, I went to the University of West London to complete a degree in Music Technology. I also worked in music studios as a Mixing & Recording Engineer for various local artists, and with a Sound Engineer on weddings and carnivals to gain experience in this area.

“After University, I worked in a school as a Performing Arts Technician, in charge of all technical aspects such as sound, lighting and video for school events. I also did work experience on The Lion King in the West End to gain experience to become a Sound Engineer or work in theatre. I then moved to Wycombe Theatre as Theatre Technician, working as a Sound Engineer, Stagehand and Stage Manager, before joining The Grove Theatre in Dunstable as Senior Technician where I currently work.”

Ryan Upton close-up

“I would like to make it clear how important my college tutor was to my progress from college to university to working in the industry as without his support, I believe I may have given up at times but he has continued to believe in me since he first met me.”

Ryan Upton, Senior Technician at The Grove Theatre, Dunstable
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How useful was your course in helping you secure your current position?

“I believe my college course was important and gave me my core skills that I have now gone on to further develop. During my college course, I was mainly interested in studio work but managed to transfer those skills to work within theatre and live events.”

What skills did you learn at Barnfield College?

“Studio recording, music production, sound design, and music business.”

How did the college experience help you get to where you are today?

“It gave me the core skills needed to go on to university and then on to gain work within the industry.”

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Ryan Upton at The Grove, Dunstable

Which of your achievements are you most proud of?

“Completing College and University whilst being a young dad of two boys and managing to balance being a student and a dad at the same time. It was very difficult at times but I managed to complete University.”

Any other comments?

“I would like to make it clear how important my college tutor was to my progress from college to university to working in the industry as without his support, I believe I may have given up at times but he has continued to believe in me since he first met me.”

How would you sum up your experience in three words?

“Fun; Creative; Technical.”

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