John Parkhouse

Lead Tutor – Sound

John has been working as a live events professional in sound for more than 25 years, residing and working in the UAE since 2005.

John holds a BA in Multimedia & Sonic Arts from the University of Central Lancashire (UK) and spent much of his early career in the UK as a freelancer working on theatre shows, live concerts, and special events. Before joining SPAA most recently John was the Head of Audio at Eclipse Staging Services in Dubai for eight years. In that role, John was the architect of specifying, defining, and developing one of the most impressive and best equipped Sound Departments seen in the region. Equally in that role, John developed a passion for training and developing talent with incredibly successful internship schemes and the focussed guidance of sound practitioners. John has a strong belief that thorough education aiming towards best practice in technical disciplines is of the utmost importance.

While being a tenured sound practitioner possessing wide-ranging skills set in the field, John's primary passion as a practitioner is in Sound Systems Design & Optimisation. John has defined and designed sound systems for various events of all types, some of which include: The Dubai Jazz Festival, Party in the Park (DXB), Arab Hope Makers (DXB), Volvo Ocean Race (AUH), and The Royal Inauguration of Historical Ad Diriyah (KSA).