Charles Parker Day 2019

100 years ago, on 5th April 1919, one of Radio’s greatest innovators and pioneers was born in Bournemouth. His name was Charles Parker.  A century later Charles Parker is celebrated not only for his work but also for his legacy to broadcasting art, to song, to the interests of working men and women and to left-politics.

And in 2019 the annual conference named after him is returning – on the exact centenary of his birth – to his home town, Bournemouth.  The Charles Parker Day 2019 is being hosted by Bournemouth University’s Faculty of Media and Communication and will be held at the University’s Executive Business Centre at 89 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth, BH8 8EB.  The venue is in the centre of Bournemouth just five minutes walk from the Railway and Bus Stations, and the nearest car park in Cotlands Road (BH1 3BG) is just two minutes away.

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.

Charles Parker Day 2019 promises to be a rich festival of music, voices and art, a milestone for the Charles Parker Trust, and a mustn’t-miss occasion for all who love powerful, passionate and beautiful radio…

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