The Charles Parker Day 2018: The Radio Ballads and Beyond

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Celebrating radio, past, present and future

Celebrate radio past, present and future at this conference named after the groundbreaking producer and creator of the Radio Ballads.

Sixty 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’. 

The student winners of the Charles Parker Prize 2017 will also be announced. From 17.30 you can hear the winning entries of this year’s Charles Parker Prize for the Best Student Radio Feature in full – interweaving with extracts from the original Radio Ballads and live music – in an exciting collective radio listening experience.

Part of a Season of Sound, celebrating the Library’s sound archive. Audio installation supplied by Bowers & Wilkins.


Name: The Charles Parker Day 2018: The Radio Ballads and Beyond
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £22.00
Member: £10.00
Senior 60+: £18.00
Student: £10.00
Registered Unemployed: £10.00
Under 18: £10.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546
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