Charles Parker Day 2019

Just sharing information about this years Charles Parker Day:

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The Centenary Charles Parker Day 2019

Friday 5th April 2019 - 1030-1730

The Executive Business Centre, Bournemouth University, 89 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth, BH8 8EB

This year’s annual conference celebrating the radio feature – past, present and future named after the famous radio producer Charles Parker returns to the town where he was born exactly 100 years ago on April 5th 1919.

Parker was responsible, with musicians Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger, for a series of innovative radio programmes - the Radio Ballads which combined actuality, speech and song to capture the extraordinary nature of people’s lives. In this centenary year we look back at his work and explore contemporary audio feature making and introduce new opportunities for creative audio producers.

Speakers for 2019 include:-

Sean Street will explore the legacy of Charles Parker and talk about his new Radio 4 programme celebrating the producer in his centenary year, Award-winning radio producer Sara Parker will talk about growing up with her dad and how it affected her own career choice .

Again we are joined again this year by original radio balladeer Peggy Seeger who will talk about working on ‘Singing the Fishing’ alongside Gillian Ford who was one of the original studio managers who worked on the programme. There’ll also be a demonstration of Tape Editing and a chance to have a go yourself during the breaks!

Looking to the future BBC Radio 4’s Commissioning Editor, Mohit Bakaya , will be examining changes in contemporary feature production and the opportunities for engaging a younger audience and producers in the network. As part of this plan he will be announcing the winners of the Centenary Charles Parker Prize. The prize is awarded each year to the best audio feature productions by student programme-makers across the UK. But in this centenary year, beside the coveted Gold Award, the leading FIVE programmes submitted in competition will all receive a broadcast premiere, on BBC Radio 4.

Ken Hall will examine the legacy of the original songs in the Radio Ballads and how they changed the English Folk scene. At the end of the day film maker Andrew Johnston will be premiering his new film about ‘The Ballad of John Axon’ which examines both the railway accident which became the subject of the very first radio ballad as well as the significance of this innovative radio programme.

Tickets are £30, £20 for concessions and £10 for students - this includes a buffet lunch and refreshments. To book go to:-

NB: The Deadline for Charles Parker Prize Entries is a week today – Monday 25th February 2019

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