Friday 5 April is the exact centenary of Charles Parker’s birth, so the 2019 Charles Parker Day in Bournemouth will be very special. To mark the milestone, there will be a rich programme of speakers, music and song both looking back at Charles’s huge achievements and highlighting the way today’s pioneers are carrying on his work.
Here are some of the speakers taking part:
Peggy Seeger from the original artistic team and Studio Manager Gillian Ford will explain how they made the original Radio Ballads in the studio. There’ll also be a demonstration of Tape Editing and a chance to have a go yourself during the breaks!
Award-winning producer Sara Parker will talk about growing up with her dad and how it affected her own career choice; and Ken Hall will examine the legacy of the original songs in the Radio Ballads and how they changed the English Folk scene.
BBC Radio 4’s Commissioning Editor, Mohit Bakaya, will be introducing a session on contemporary feature production and 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.