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Independent, award winning audio and visual production.

The BBC was my sole employer between completing a music degree at Bangor University in 1978, and setting up Harvard Productions Limited in June 2010.

My career started on the technical side as a sound engineer/studio manager. I became a producer in 1989 having ‘dabbled’ in radio production. For one of my ‘dabbles’- ‘Bygones: Transplant’- I won the silver Medical Journalists’ Association Radio Award.

I have made in the region of a hundred crafted features mainly about music of all genres for BBC Radio 4, also programmes for Radios 2, 3, 5, World Service and BBC Radio Wales for whom I made around 200 editions of the natural history programme, Landmark presented by Lionel Kelleway, and various magazine programmes.

My music features dig deep below the surface of the mere musical notes. Series such as Playing Hitler’s TunePlaying Rosa’s Tune; Playing Castro’s Tune; Axles, Engines Music and Motown; Harry Belafonte at 80Deep BlueThe Story of Township Music use the subject of music, along with personal testimony to expose the social and political issues of our time in a way that just has to fix the listener to the radio set.

Through my series made with Lord Winston - Robert Winston’s Musical Analysis – I was able to take a completely fresh look at the impact of mental illness. Along with seven series about jazz with Ken Clarke MP, I have made programmes in South and North America as well as Africa and mainland Europe.

On 31st May 2010 I left the BBC to set up Harvard Productions Limited, the primary role of which is to provide my services to broadcasters and users of audio and audio-visual material.

As a former sound engineer I edit and mix all my own programmes. My primary tool is SADiE (version 6) desktop editing suite. I own and use a wide range of location recording equipment including high grade microphones and digital recorders.

Awards

1987 Medical Journalists’ Association Radio Award (Silver) “Bygones: Transplant” for BBC Radio Wales and Radio 5.
1991 Sony Radio Academy (best magazine programme)  “Landmark” for BBC Radio Wales
1992 Sony Radio Academy (best magazine programme, GOLD award) “Landmark” for BBC Radio Wales
2003 Sony Radio Academy (Music Special, GOLD award) “Axles, Engines, Music & Motown” for BBC Radio 4.
2007? Celtic Film Festival (radio documentary, nomination) “Mr Curwen and His Moveable Doh” for BBC Radio 4.
2008 Sony Radio Academy (Music Special, nomination) “The Song Doctor” for BBC Radio 4.
2015 Radio Independents Group: Best Producer, Nations & Regions
Non-broadcast Awards
1994 Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society
2009 BBC Staff Photography Competition – ‘Abstract’ category winner

 Selection of Programmes conceived, sold and produced by me for BBC Radio 4.

  • Ken Clarke’s Jazz Greats. Seven series of 4.
  • Robert Winston’s Musical Analysis. One series of 4.
  • Musical Dynasties presented by Jane Glover. One series of 4.
  • Playing Hitler’s Tune presented by Valentine Cunningham: The Music and musicians in the Third Reich.
  • Playing Rosa’s Tune presented by Stephen Evans: Music and its use by the Civil Riots movement.
  • Playing Castro’s Tune presented by Stephen Evans: 50 years of Fidel Castro, music as a weapon for revolution. Also broadcast on World Service.
  • Axles, Engines, Music and Motown presented by Stephen Evans: Music, politics, industry in Detroit. Sony Gold Award.
  • The Song Doctor presented by Stephen Evans: The relationship between Johnny Cash and his last producer, Rick Rubin. Sony nomination.
  • Pinafores, Buttercups & Bagels: Ian Bradley looks at how the quintessentially English Gilbert and Sullivan are making waves on the New York stage, in Yiddish.
  • The Art of Gee’s Bend presented by Stephen Evans:  The slave tradition of quilting in America’s remotest and poorest community becomes high art.
  • The Archive Hour: Story of Township Music presented by Ofeibea Quist-Arcton: South African music and experiences from the apartheid era.
  • The Archive Hour: Harry Belafonte at 80 presented by Stephen Evans. An exclusive interview with the singer come political, social activists courted by capitalist and communist leaders.
  • Cricket Calypso presented by Judge Ray Funk: A circuit judge in Alaska travels to Trinidad to find out what they’re all singing about.
  • The National Youth Orchestra at 60: presented by Mark Simpson who at 17 may have been Radio 4’s youngest presenter of a mainstream programme.
  • Young Musicians Grown Old: A celebration of BBC Young Musician presented by Mark Simpson. (Mark was the title holder)
  • Blowing the Music Away presented by Stephen Evans: 3 programmes recorded in New Orleans in the weeks following Hurricane Catrina.
  • Innermost Master presented by Prof Paul Robertson: J S Bach and numerology.
  • The Coalman and the Hosier presented by John Florance: How a 17th century London coal merchant and an 18th century Leicester hosiery manufacturer changed the face of British music.
  • Elgar’s Dream: Matthew King recalls the birth of Edward Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius in 1900. The composer derived inspiration for this huge work through a newly-discovered passion for cycling.
  • The Broken Melody: Cellist George Kennaway follows and obsession to find the truth behind 19th-century cellist Auguste van Biene, who was discovered while busking on the streets of London and went on to play the lead in over 6,000 performances of just one play, The Broken Melody.

See work created since the formation of Harvard Productions.

 

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