SSR Success Story - Stephen Long, Live Sound Engineer

Stephen Long

Live Sound Engineer

Music Production & Sound Engineering

Stephen Long completed our Audio Engineering Techniques & Technology (now Music Production & Sound Engineering) and Audio Post Production (now Sound for Film, Games & TV) courses in February 2015 and is already forging a successful career in the audio industry.

Since graduating from SSR Stephen has moved to London and his work has taken him from West End musicals and theatre work to BBC Radio and then onto an in-house engineering role at the famous Ronnie Scott's jazz club in Soho.

We asked Stephen to fill us in on his career to date and how SSR's training helped him on his way...

Stephen Long:
"After completing the Audio Engineering Techniques and Technology Course at SSR Manchester, I decided to move to London with the aim of becoming a live sound engineer.

I began by shadowing at as many venues as I could, and also gaining experience on theatre shows, such as Cats at the London Palladium and Sunny Afternoon at the Harold Pinter theatre. I found the skills I learnt at SSR were invaluable in being put in situations to assist in small timeframes with stage setups and other technical situations. The facilities and the quality of equipment really do prepare you for the real situations you face working professionally.

I am now one of the assistant in house engineers at Ronnie Scott’s jazz club in Soho. I work mainly on the Late, Late shows and setups for the touring main acts at the club. There is also a smaller venue upstairs where a variety of different styles of music is played which I have engineered. I have also assisted with stage setup on a live radio broadcast on BBC Radio3.

I also freelance at various clubs and venues around London doing various styles of music. I have worked for Historic Royal Palaces setting up for conferences at Kensington Palace, the Tower of London and Banqueting House and also worked with NYJO (National Youth Jazz Orchestra) on gigs around the country.

I would like to thank everyone at SSR for the skills and knowledge I gained and I had a great 2 and a half years there studying. I would particularly like to thank Martin Desai, the Head of Audio, for all his advice and encouragement, and all the tutors who taught me in my time there."

Stephen's move to London and willingness to learn on the job through unpaid shadowing opportunities really show what can be achieved through hard work and determination.

As with all our graduates we would like to congratulate Stephen on his achievements to date and also thank him for the kind words he has shared about his experiences at SSR. Well done Stephen!