Bookings are now open for the Charles Parker Day on 3 April 2020 – click here to reserve your place!
40 years ago Charles Parker, one of Radio’s greatest innovators and pioneers, died in Birmingham after rehearsing a new play with Banner Theatre. To mark that anniversary the Charles Parker Trust is celebrating his life and achievements in the city where Parker lived and worked, and where his extensive audio archive is housed in the Library of Birmingham, by presenting two events at Birmingham City University.
The Charles Parker Day is an annual conference celebrating the radio feature – past, present and future. This year’s speakers include people who worked with Charles – Dilip Hiro, Doc Rowe and Dave Rogers – and producers, podcasters and programme makers influenced by his work – including Steven Rajam and Sian Medford – along with Tony Macaluso from the Studs Terkel Archive and BBC Radio 4 Commissioning Executive Kirsten Lass. During the day we will examine Parker’s creative achievements and look to the future as we announce the five winners of the Charles Parker Prize for the Best Student Radio Feature which will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Tickets £30 (concessions £20, students £10) are available from Eventbrite
In the evening Banner Theatre will pay their own tribute by presenting their latest show. Free For All pays tribute to a health service still rated the most efficient and successful in the world. Based on the actual words of a wide range of health professionals interviewed by Banner, the show celebrates their passionate dedication to a publicly owned health care system free for all at the point of delivery. Tickets £8 (concessions £6, students £4) are available from Eventbrite
This year’s host, Birmingham City University, is home to a collection of Charles Parker artefacts, including one of Parker’s editing desks and recording equipment used by his colleague Brian Vaughton. These items will be on display during the day and there will be public tours of the Birmingham School of Media’s state-of- the-art radio studios.