Celebrating radio, past, present and future
60 years ago the innovative radio producer Charles Parker worked alongside the musicians Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger to produce the first of a series of ground-breaking and highly influential radio features, the Radio Ballads.
This annual conference examines the influence of these ballads on radio feature-making and the power of personal oral testimony in projects like The Century Speaks and BBC Radio 4’s The Listening Project. Speakers include Fi Glover, award-winning radio producers Alan Hall and Hana Walker Brown, musicians Peggy Seeger and Calum MacColl and dance music producer ‘Broadcaster’.
1000 Registration and Coffee/Tea
1050 Introduction: Mary Kalemkerian Chair of the Charles Parker Trust and Andy Cartwright organiser of the Charles Parker Day 2018.
1055 The Ballads Begin: Peggy Seeger, one of the original creators of the Radio Ballads, joins Peter Cox to tell the story of the making of The Ballad of John Axon, the first Radio Ballad, 60 years ago.
1130 Beyond the Ballads: The Authentic Voice: In the spirit of Charles Parker’s chronicling of the lived experiences of ordinary men and women, we reflect on two major BBC projects capturing such voices in the years since his death. The Century Speaks was a millennial enterprise to record the history of the 20th century by those who lived it; The Listening Project continues to bend an ear to ordinary pairs of people with something unique to communicate. And in each case, those unique pieces of personal oral history have ended up for posterity in the British Library. With contributions from presenter Fi Glover and producers Marya Burgess, Helen Lloyd and Matthew Linfoot.
1230 The Charles Parker Prize Nominations: Chair of this year’s judging panel, Simon Elmes, introduces the five shortlisted nominees for this year’s Charles Parker Prize for the Best Student Audio Feature.
1245 LUNCH. A light lunch is included in the ticket price.
1345 Beyond the Ballads: Sampling Audio: In the late 2000s music producer Broadcaster (aka Lewis Atkinson) sampled the original radio ballads to create dance track versions. Ewan and Peggy’s son Calum MacColl joins Lewis to show how they did it.
1430 Beyond the Ballads: Composing Audio: Multi-award winning radio producer Alan Hall explores and demonstrates the influence of the Radio Ballads on his own ‘composed’ radio features.
1500 The Charles Parker Prize Winners: Announcement of the 2018 Bronze, Silver and Gold Winners.
1520 Beyond the Ballads: New Production Talent: Former Charles Parker Prize Winner Hana Walker Brown on her own take on the radio ballad,The Ballad of Hessle Road.
1600 Beyond the Ballads: New Audio Talent: Somethin’ Else’s Executive Producer Ami Bennett on new ways of making audio features for Radio 1.
1620 Searching for The Travelling People For the past few years Rural Media have been working with travellers using the original voices recorded by Charles, Ewan and Peggy for their final Radio Ballad The Travelling People in the final session of this year’s Charles Parker Day we have an exclusive showing of their new film – introduced by Damian Le Bas.
1700 Conference Ends
Part of a Season of Sound, celebrating the Library’s sound archive. Audio installation supplied by Bowers & Wilkins.
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