The Charles Parker Day 2013 took place on Friday 22 March at the University of Salford, MediaCity. The event celebrates young people and sport on radio and this year is the 50th anniversary of two of the famous Radio Ballads that Charles Parker made with Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger – ‘On The Edge’ (about teenagers) and ‘The Fight Game’ (about boxing).
The day included sessions on engaging young people in radio features – including the world première of ‘On The Edge Too?’ a 21st century remake of the original ballad commissioned from last year’s Charles Parker Prize winner and celebrated the work of student radio feature makers throughout the UK. Gold, Silver and Bronze Prizes were awarded to the winners with the best feature. Prizes included a SADiE editing suite for the Gold award and Pure donated special edition One Mini digital and FM radios with a union jack design for all three winners. Prizes were awarded as follows:Bronze: Joanne Fowler, for “Speaking Out”, Silver: Flora Neve, for a feature about silence and Gold: Hannah Walker Brown, for “Four Metal Plates”.
There was also a celebration of the Manchester Radio Features Unit – from Olive Shapley to the present day (with producers past and present) and a deconstruction (and ‘live’ recreation) of one of last year’s BBC Radio 2 Olympic Radio Ballads with producer John Leonard.
For more information on Charles Parker Day, please visit http://www.cpatrust.org.uk/
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