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Aims and Objectives

> To provide affordable quality training in a range of audio skills

> To promote skills sharing across the sector, including radio, podcasting, audiobooks and all forms of audio production

> To encourage new entrants and offer opportunities for networking, collaboration and partnership

> To encourage networking, collaboration and partnership across the sector.

> To promote dIversity in audio production

> To be accessible to all those working in the UK Audio sector

mics course flyer

Microphones tend to have an air of mystique about them: So many shapes and sizes, their correct handling and use, dynamic or condenser operation, the different pick-up patterns and the selection of one suitable for the intended application. 

It can all be very confusing.

This half-day course is aimed at being a “university of hand-held microphone use and application”. It will offer an insight into the most suitable models, both mono and stereo, to use “in the field”, and the ones that are less suitable. It will also cover the handling techniques to avoid unwanted mechanical and ambient noise and how to position them to get the best quality.

Techniques and the setup of situations that require multiple microphones, and their connection to a recorder or mixer, will also be outlined.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their recording kit along to this workshop.

Details and booking

Date and time: Monday 12 November 2018, 2.00-5.00pm

Venue: The Bridge, 73 – 81 Southwark Bridge Road, London, SE1 0NQ

Places: 12

Cost: £75+VAT (£90 gross) - please book through our dedicated booking website

Training Provider

Iain Betson is a BBC trained engineer and training instructor. He has provided training to many BBC News presenters and reporters including Nick Bryant (New Your Correspondent), George Alagiah and Krishnan Guru-Murthy (Channel 4).

He runs AV Resilience, a broadcast and AV services company, building studios and providing technical solutions to the broadcast media.

He has provided broadcast training services to the BBC, Classic FM and several universities and FE colleges.


podcasting flyer

Deborah Dudgeon and David Prest, of award winning audio producers, Whistledown, will dissect what makes a successful podcast, how to plan it and put it together, and explain some of the simple marketing tools that can ensure you reach an audience.

Over the course of the day you will:

•             listen to some great podcasts and work out what makes them successful
•             script an introduction to your own podcast
•             learn how to plan your podcast, work out a format and running order
•             get advice on selecting the right presenter(s) and guests
•             experiment with microphone use and how to capture good quality sound
•             understand rights issues and funding models
•             learn how to reach your audience
•             and make your own 5-minute podcast to take home.

About the trainers:

David Prest and Deborah Dudgeon of Whistledown Productions will teach the course. Whistledown is the largest provider of speech programmes to BBC Radio, providing landmark series such as Radio 4’s The Reunion, and Feedback, as well as podcast creators for Economist Radio, BBC Sounds, Spotify and Audible.

Cost: £125 + VAT - (students, 4 places @ £100 + VAT) - book your place at the dedicated Bookwhen website

When: Friday 2nd November 2018, 9.30 am - 5 pm

Where: Artworks, 60a Weston St, London SE1 3QJ


Ensure your programme material is the right side of the line with the latest guidance on Editorial Standards and share queries with OFCOM and the BBC

How do you ensure balance, taste and decency, and avoid libel in your output?  Whether a researcher or executive, arm yourself with the skills that will help you take risks and create cutting edge content, whilst ensuring you are fully compliant with current regulation.

Speakers include Roger Mahoney, BBC Editor, Editorial Standards, Adam Baxter, Head of Policy at OFCOM, and Alice Lloyd, Senior Producer from Wise Buddhah. For delegates this is a unique opportunity to refresh your knowledge, and discover the boundaries of what is editorially possible, through skilled training and direct contact with industry decision makers.

Rosie Bartlett headshotParticipants will by the end of the day have knowledge and understanding of the importance of - Accuracy, Privacy, Consent, Conflicts of Interest, Harm and offence, working with Children and reporting crime. There will be various case studies plus advice and guidance from legal experts.

Date & time: 27th April 2018, 10:00 - 15:00
Venue: The Orr Room, The Lyric Hammersmith, King St, Hammersmith, London W6 0QL
Numbers & costs: 20 places available, at £100 each plus VAT (£120 gross).  Book now at our usual Bookwhen site.

Training Provider: Quattrain – experts in leadership and media training.

Trainer: Rosie Bartlett (left) - Rosie is a journalist, trainer and communications consultant with over 18 years of international media training and production experience for the BBC and global NGOs.



Caroline RaphaelThis course is for anyone who wants to make audio drama, non audience scripted comedy or use elements of drama in factual programmes, or for would be dramatists who are interested in the whole process of making audio drama. There will be listening (a 45’ radio play) and watching homework prior to the day that will inform the discussions.  

It is through this shared watching and listening the group will work to build a deeper understanding of the role of the producer at each stage of the production process,  both creative and administrative; find out more about how to work with a writer and explore the many ways of telling a story in sound.    At the end of the day there will be an opportunity to meet the producer and sound engineer of the  radio play and to discuss the work with them. 

Date: Saturday 3rd February

Time: 9.30 am – 5pm

Venue: Note change of venue, now at Spotlight, 7 Leicester Place off Leicester Square, London, WC2H 7RJ 

No of places: 14

Fee: £125.00 + VAT - booking now open at

Course outline:


So what does a Drama producer actually do.  And when? How to be as prepared as possible pre and post recording.  
Group discussion on audio drama sent ahead of the day particularly looking at use of sound, transition of scenes, acting styles.


Using two scenes from a piece of television comedy drama sent in advance we’ll consider how they would work on radio.   What’s really important for the listener to know and what’s not?  How to create soundscapes.  

Q&A with Drama producer and their sound engineer.  

Training provider:

The course is taught by Caroline Raphael who has worked as both a theatre and a radio director, was a former Head of Radio Drama and commissioned drama for BBC Radio 4 for many years.  Now back in production with her own company Dora Productions she also works with other indies including Pier Productions.  Caroline lectures on radio drama at various universities with BA and MA students.  She has also run an intensive Radio Drama course over 13 sessions for Creative Skillset/Grand Scheme Media.


Caroline Raphael

The course is taught by Caroline Raphael (right) who won the BBC Audio Drama Award 2018 for Best Single Production.  She also produced the first audio drama for BBC Radio 1xtra.  She has worked as a theatre and radio director, was a former Head of Radio Drama and was the Commissioning Editor for Comedy & Drama for BBC Radio 4 for many years. 

Want to make audio drama?  Considering using drama in your podcast or documentary?  Teaching audio drama to creative writing students?  This is the course for you.  It will consider what a drama producer actually does and the creative possibilities of audio drama.   We will look at how we listen and how we talk about audio drama which will help build your confidence when working with actors, writers and sound designers.  It will also be of interest to dramatists and performers who are interested in the process of making audio drama and those working with scripted non-audience audio comedy. 

* for full details, including course outline, please click here

Date: Saturday 9th February 2019
Time: 9.30 am – 5pm
Venue: Spotlight, 7 Leicester Place, London WCH 7RJ
No of places: 14
Fee: £125.00 + VAT - booking now open at
Student? Two places only at £100 + VAT each (proof of status required)