Programme 2019



24 – 27 April 2019

The Purcell Room, Southbank Centre

London SE1 8XX


First announcement of speakers. More to follow in the coming weeks.


Sinéad Rushe studied at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France before training as an actor at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London, UK where she currently teaches on the BA Acting CDT programme. She specialises in the Michael Chekhov Technique and Meyerhold’s Biomechanics. 

Sinéad will discuss her recent theatre production of Bernard-Marie Koltès’s play Night Just Before the Forests for the Macau Arts Festival in China. Performed in the round, this pathbreaking work in a new translation reimagines the original monologue as a polyphonic work for five performers of different nationalities and genders, and features a ‘quadraphonic’ live sound design by German sound artist Niels Lanz.


Richard King has worked with directors as diverse as Christopher Nolan, Steven Spielberg, Peter Weir, Paul Tomas Anderson and Robert Altman, creating soundtracks for Oscar and BAFTA winning films Dunkirk, Inception, The Dark Knight and Master and Commander.


Professor Morten L Kringelbach directs his Hedonia Research Group based at the Universities of Oxford and Aarhus. His prize-winning research uses neuroimaging and whole-brain computational models of, for example, music, sounds, infants, taste, sex and drugs to find ways to increase hedonia and eudaimonia – pleasure and happiness. He will discuss the notions of space, empathy and happiness in relation to jazz.


Piers Plowright made his career as a radio producer and presenter, making radio plays and documentaries for the BBC until 1997 and working as a freelance lecturer and broadcaster since then. He has won three Italia Prizes for radio documentaries, is a Chicago Third Coast Audio Luminary, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and holds an honorary DLitt at Bournemouth University.

Returning in his acquired role as the opening speaker for each School of Sound, Piers presents The Blackbird in the Hospital – Sound as the Third Way.



Rina Sherman is a filmmaker, ethnographer and photographer. She studied with Jean Rouch, under whose supervision she completed a doctorate with distinction at the Sorbonne in 1989.

A recipient of the Villa Médicis Hors les Murs prize and the Lavoisier bursary of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she undertook a seven year fieldwork study of Ovahimba and other Otjiherero speaking communities in Namibia and Angola. From the body of filmed and photographic images and sound recordings that she constituted during that time,she has produced films, books, multimedia exhibitions and photographic collections.

Rina will define her ideas around the recording and editing of sound for ethnographic films.



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