The Only Place To Go

The Bunker comes highly recommended, from bands and musicians, to local businesses and organisations, through to students of all ages. There is much investment into developing your skills and nurturing your talent, into becoming whatever you want to be; Especially if you are interested in music, The Bunker is the heart of music in the city!

Part 1 – Setting up the Trainee Band!
The trainees’ came together to form a band and for those who weren’t musically inclined were eager to pick up an instrument and committed to learning how to play those instruments. The biggest challenge set was for the band to write their own Rock music, they took this challenge head on and felt rewarded with what they have accomplished and even performed at the Sunderland Illuminations!

Trainee Lauren said:
Throughout my experience here I have flourished and developed my skills musically, even learning to play the bass! I can even work with my favourite hobby of photography! There are no limits to what you can do here, as The Bunker is here to guide you through progressing and acquiring a better understanding of the working life.

Part 2 – Sunderland Pride
The photography enthusiasts of the group took to Sunderland Pride to capture some photos of the event  as well as experimenting with different photos. Here is a selection of photos that they took:

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Trainee Drew said: I was mentored by the apprentice Connor who gave me some great photography tips! I feel like through his guidance I’m incrementally developing with my photography skills. I am especially enjoying being a part of the band and expanding my musical knowledge.

 

 

 

Part 3 – The Bunker Open Day

The band got together for The Bunker’s Open Day to put all of their practice into a great performance, whilst also lending their skills into teaching other people how to play the guitar!

Trainee Tristian said: This traineeship really has opened up a range of experiences for me. More importantly, I feel as though The Bunker has helped me to improve my social skills and musical skills and to become a better, more confident version of myself.

Part 4 – Spark FM

The trainees’ got to experience what it’s like being on the radio! They attended The Bunker’s radio show at spark with a couple of apprentices, where they got to see the process of what happens behind the voice. After their experience of talking on the radio and learning the ins and outs, Josh then performed a couple of songs for us!

Trainee Josh said: I thoroughly enjoy the traineeship, I feel like it would be great for someone who is trying to kick-start a musical pathway or some who wishes to further themselves in their music career. The Bunker has been around for 35 years and it makes you feel like you’re included in something so significant that has influenced many people in their careers.

Part 5 – The Señora project

The 108-year-old yacht was welcomed into Keel Square. For the public appeal, the trainees’ collectively put their innovative minds together into producing a nautical soundtrack for the yacht’s arrival, whilst using their creative skills into helping create aesthetics for the nautical themed performance!

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The Percy Hedley Foundation (On a Drumming Workshop)

Staff Quote: "It was a very lively session which all the students engaged. It was good for the students to express themselves."

Students Quote: "I liked the drumming, I liked the beats. The teachers were nice, I learnt new skills to do with drumming."

 
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Staff Quote: "It was a very lively session which all the students engaged. It was good for the students to express themselves." Students Quote: "I liked the drumming, I liked the beats. The teachers were nice, I learnt new skills to do with drumming."  

Barry Hyde, The Futureheads

"The Bunker is a superb place to have in Sunderland, it is a breeding ground for talent and without it I doubt I would have ever become a professional musician. I have been going there for 15 years and it's better than ever. It's soulful, ethical and affordable and the city would be screwed without it. I love it."
2013-08-12T23:38:07+00:00
"The Bunker is a superb place to have in Sunderland, it is a breeding ground for talent and without it I doubt I would have ever become a professional musician. I have been going there for 15 years and it's better than ever. It's soulful, ethical and affordable and the city would be screwed without it. I love it."

Manifesto magazine

“The Bunker improves lives of young people in Sunderland by providing unique opportunities for musicians and amazing support and encouragement of their creativity.”
2013-08-12T23:38:31+00:00
“The Bunker improves lives of young people in Sunderland by providing unique opportunities for musicians and amazing support and encouragement of their creativity.”

Peter Brewis, Field Music

"Sunderland owes a great deal to the Bunker. Not just because of the bands it has helped to nurture. Well known bands reveal only a fraction of the important work that the bunker does. The work the bunker does is truly invaluable and our City cannot do without it!
2013-08-12T23:38:48+00:00
"Sunderland owes a great deal to the Bunker. Not just because of the bands it has helped to nurture. Well known bands reveal only a fraction of the important work that the bunker does. The work the bunker does is truly invaluable and our City cannot do without it!

Sandhill View School

"We are sincerely grateful for The Bunker's contribution and support to the Work Experience Programme. Their work is always very much appreciated"
2013-08-12T23:39:06+00:00
"We are sincerely grateful for The Bunker's contribution and support to the Work Experience Programme. Their work is always very much appreciated"