Winter School 2020 (Full Week Ticket, Seminars & Tech Hub)

  • 06 Jan 2020
  • 12:00 PM
  • 10 Jan 2020
  • 6:30 PM
  • Royal Central School of Speech and Drama


  • Members of the IPS, ALD, AMPS, SMA

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Join us for the third ASD Winter School, this time it's bigger than ever.

We are back at RCSSD in Swiss Cottage.

A link to their Google Maps Page is here.

The nearest tube is Swiss Cottage, parking is extremely limited. 

This event is organised by the ASD and is eligible for Travel Assistance*. Find out more via the website.

We will have 4 sessions a day in the Embassy Theatre, plus 4 Corporate Members each day will be on hand to explain their latest innovations.

This ticket will give you access to every day's activities, giving you the freedom to plan your week.

Each Day has a different, specially curated theme.

Each seminar is described in more detail on the individual event page for that seminar.

Monday: Sound Design


Melanie Wilson discusses how she approaches sound design, text and composition.


Ben and Max Ringham share their secrets for designing as a team and tell us a little about their unique approach to designing sound led performances.


Trade Secrets: Backstage Tour The Duchess of Malfi, Almeida Theatre

Join the team at the Almeida as they show your round their latest performance, The Duchess of Malfi.

Tuesday: Systems and Technology


Systems and timing

Phil Wright takes us on a journey of system timing and tuning.



Join the team at L'Acoustics as they show you how to put that knowledge into practice with their L-ISA system.


Sound Design in amazing spaces: Contextualising the theory

Scott Willsallen discusses how to take all that information and apply it in a creative and extraordinary way to your events.


Vectorworks: Planning your systems.

Join Tom White as he guides you through documenting and planning your systems.

Wednesday: Sustaining the Future of Sound


d&b: Environmental Choices in a tech led world.

How can we innovate and reduce our environmental impact? Join d&b and they explain how they manage to create their innovative products while still protecting the environment.


Audience Manipulation: Sound Design in a modern world.

Join Sarah Angliss as she gives us an insight into her process.


Introduction to Depping for Musical Theatre: Getting started, staying employed

Zoe Milton takes you through the skills you'll need to start your career in Musical Theatre. Explaining and demonstrating typical mic placement for musicals, outlining backstage responsibilities and getting advice from current number one sound engineers, this session will give you all you need to get you started in the West End and beyond.


Future of Theatre Audio Panel

Hosted by Melanie Wilson, this panel aims to identify how modern practitioners can survive and thrive. Melanie will be joined by Tim X Atack, Julie Rose Bower, Lou Platt and Peter Rice.

Thursday: Co-Operation and Integration


Story telling: Transferring Sound Design to different mediums.

Kirsty Gilmore walks us through the techniques of designing for different mediums


Designing for musicals: Q&A with Richard Brooker

Richard Brooker delves into designing for musicals in this change to the usual seminar format. Richard will answer your questions in a relaxed and informal setting. Please email us if you you would like to let Richard know your question in advance.


Integration of Lighting, Automation and Video Systems

Dominic Bilkey takes a look at the types of equipment and protocols used when linking different disciplines together. 


PANEL DISCUSSION: UK Technical Backstage Entertainment Industry Mental Health Evaluation 

Over the Summer of 2019, the biggest survey of backstage professionals was commissioned by industry Associations, ABTT, ALD, ASD, PLASA and PSA. In association with project “Blackout” the immersive mental health installation using lighting sound and video.  The report has been completed and the results are going to be explained in this panel, hosted by Zoe Milton

Friday: Personal Development


Building a Brand

Autograph Sound is a brand that has sustained it's self through the massive industry changes of the last 40 years. Find out what the team believes is the secret of their success and learn how you can apply that to your own brand.


You're number 1! Now What...

Join Roisine Mamdani as she gets to grips with the team building side of being a number one in the West End.


Tax and You

Join the team from Will Taylor Accountancy as they guide you through the finer details of tax compliance. Got a burning tax question? Email us.


What is PLI and When do I need it?

Join the team from Performance as they discuss what your PLI is for, what Indemnity is and when you might need extra cover. Got an insurance related question? Email us.


Sound Recognition Discussion with Equity

Join us for an open discussion with Equity.

The Tech Hub

Just when you thought we had no more to give! Join our amazing Corporate Members in the Tech Hub to share their expertise. The list is not yet definitive, so be sure to check in regularly to see who's joining us.

Monday: Meyer

Tuesday: Sennheiser, L-Acoustics, DiGiCo, Riedel

Wednesday: Shure, d&b Playground, Yamaha,

Thursday: AVID, QLab

Friday: TiMax, DPA

Got a specific Query? Book a slot via the individual Booking forms on the day event pages.

Small Print:

Please note, the ASD reserves the right to make changes to the programme without prior notice. Such alterations may occasionally be necessary due to circumstances beyond our control.

All events will be filmed and photographed - your presence confirms your permission for the ASD to use any images or recordings of you in our publicity materials and seminar archive.

The ASD does not accept responsibility for anyone acting as a result of information or views expressed on its training courses including course material. Opinions expressed are those of individual trainers and not necessarily those of the ASD. Participants should take professional advice when dealing with specific situations.

Travel Assistance Scheme

If you are an ASD member living more than 50 miles from where the ASD are holding a training session, the ASD may pay part of your travel costs to get you there.

Professional, Associate and NCO members may receive 33% of the cost of the price paid for rail travel, up to the cost of 33% of a standard saver return rail fare.

Future Professional members may receive 50% of the cost of the price paid for rail travel, up to the cost of 50% of a standard saver return rail fare with a Young Persons Rail Card.

If you travel by means other than train, please submit relevant receipts, but the maximums above will still apply.




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