Michael Parker (event organizer)
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Major Sir Michael Parker KCVO CBE is a leading producer of large-scale military tattoos and large-scale events in the United Kingdom and abroad.
Educated at Dulwich Prep London and Hereford Cathedral School, Parker won a scholarship to Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1959. After a successful career in the Army he left in 1971, and has since been responsible for over 70 official national occasions. Parker was producer of the Royal Tournament for 27 years, from 1974 to 1999. He also produced the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, from 1992-1994, as well as the Berlin Tattoo and Wembley Military Musical Pageant. In 2000 Parker produced the Royal Military Millennium Tattoo 2000 on Horse Guards Parade, as well as previously working on the Jubilee celebrations for HM The Queen in 1977, which included a nationwide chain of beacons throughout the country, the first being lit by The Queen at Windsor.
Parker also produced 'The Great event' in celebration of The Queen’s 40th Anniversary in 1992, and 'The Royal Fireworks' on the eve of the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer.
Internationally Parker has produced a variety of large-scale events, including celebrations in Jordan for the Royal wedding of King Abdullah II.
He is also the author of It’s All Going Terribly Wrong: The Accidental Showman, published by Bene Factum Publishing Ltd., London, published on 30 January 2013.
He is also a successful antique dealer.
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- Grice, Elizabeth. "Major Sir Michael Parker interview: Your Majesty, I said, it's all going terribly wrong". Newspaper. The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved February 1, 2013.