Delia Derbyshire Day 2014 – Delia Darlings phase 2 complete

Now that DD Day 2014, our touring events and education pilot work are complete, it remains for us to thank everyone who has made this another successful and inspiring venture.

DD Day 2014 image by Andrea Pazos

DD Day 2014 image by Andrea Pazos

All the venues for being so helpful and hard-working; the audiences for being so supportive and being open to absording 3 hour’s worth of Delia-n delights including some pretty radical cross music genre programming; to photographers, journalists and radio/TV stations; to Arts Council England for subsidising our work; One Education and John Rylands here in MCR for helping make the education pilot project happen; the schools’ staff and pupils who were inspired by Delia and were also inspiring in turn with the animated TV themes they composed; the Delia Darlings team on the road and in MCR.

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The Consequences of Falling – photo by Sam Huddleston

And of course thanks to Delia for being so darn inspiring and the DD estate for trusting us enough to share her wonderful work and our humble creative responses.

Exciting future ideas are already afoot and Delia Derbyshire archive developments are moving fast. In the pipeline are more events, more education projects building on the success of the pilots and further touring already booked for OXFORD on OCT 9 2014.

So, do keep in touch, keep an eye on us and an ear out for us. And keep the Delia flame alive!

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Delia Darlings on Tour 2014 – Hebden, London, Bristol, Norwich

After a wondrous second Delia Derbyshire Day here in Manchester, we are now in the midst of our little tour, this year mainly visiting the South of England.

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Some audience responses to DD Day 2014 in MCR, Hebden & London:

“Thank you for an amazing night! All the performances were jaw dropping!”

Congratulations to everyone involved in organising and performing at DDD2014 at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation. Last year’s inaugural event at Band on the Wall was always going to be a hard act to follow but you pulled it off.”

“Inspiring and awesome night at DD Day 2014 thank you”

“Thrilling audio/visual landscapes ~ a palpable sense of passion and deep respect for Delia’s work ~ I’m sure she would’ve loved it…”

“beautiful eve, inventive reinterpretation of Delia Derbyshire’s archives”

“Loved the show, superb delia derbyshirse bioflik & live acts, fab visuals

 Thurs 17 April 2014  The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire
Sat 19 April 2014 Horse Hospital, London
Sat 26 April 2014 Cube Microplex, Bristol
Wed 4 June 2014 Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich

So if you are nearby one of these spots, be sure not to miss this golden opportunity to watch award-winning documentary The Delian Mode, listen to a batch of amazing Delia music from the Delia Derbyshire Archive that is mostly not in the public realm and experience some unique music performances inspired by this late great electronic music pioneer.

CLICK HERE FOR FULL TOUR AND BOOKING INFO

Photo by Sam Huddleston

Ailís Ní Ríain – photo by Sam Huddleston

Photo by Sam Huddleston

Daniel Weaver – photo by Sam Huddleston

photo by Sam Huddleston

Caro C – photo by Sam Huddleston

photo by Sam Huddlestone

photo by Sam Huddlestone

Delia Derbyshire Day 2014 Manchester

Happy DD Day 2014!

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We are busy getting everything ready for our second Delia Derbyshire Day event here in Manchester, which is home to the Delia Derbyshire archive (University of Manchester).

And my do we have some excitements in store..Delia Darling Caro C:

The success of DD Day 2013 far exceeded our expectations, demonstrating great interest in Delia’s work, her archive and support for our rather radical cross-genre programming. Phase 2 of the project sees a DD Day 2014 with a fresh format. We are excited to be able to present an audio visual collage of Delia’s archive material, new music and visual art commissions and a short presentation by Delia Phd researcher Teresa Winter. We hope Delia would approve of us shaking things up and not just duplicating a successful event.”

Click here for info on full line-up for DD Day 2014

BUY TICKETS for DD Day 2014

We strongly recommend buying tickets in advance to avoid disappointment on the day as the lovely Anthony Burgess Foundation has a limited capacity. And you will save 75 pence..

Here is a lovely mix made especially for us by avid Delia fan and music collector Steve Simms-Luddington  to get you in the Delian mood/mode.

And, worry not for we are not just bringing this treat to Manchester. We will then be doing a few tour dates to Hebden Bridge (17 APRIL), London (19 APRIL), Bristol (26 APRIL) & Norwich (4 JUNE). See Delia Darlings on Tour for more info thereupon.

DD Day 2104 bannerWith much appreciation for support from the Delia Derbyshire estate, Arts Council England, University of Manchester, Burgess Foundation and all supporting peoples, we look forward to enchanting you with Delia’s musical magic.

DD Day 2014 trailer & latest news about the Delia Derbyshire archive

As countdown commences to Delia Derbyshire Day 2014 here in Manchester, UK and proceeding touring events to Hebden Bridge, London, Bristol and Norwich, we thought it might be nice to give you the latest news on the Delia Derbyshire archive here in Manchester, the development of public access to it and more.

So Caro C went to interview David Butler  – Delia Derbyshire researcher and Senior Lecturer in Screen Studies at Manchester University – who had some exciting news, insights and revelations to share.

You can buy tickets for DD Day 2014 and touring events here – advance purchase is recommended given the popularity of last year’s events.

Introducing our new Delia Darlings artists for DD Day 2014

We would like to introduce you to two new artists whose response to the Delia Derbyshire Archive held at Manchester University (UK) will be performed alongside developed versions of Delia Derbyshire Day 2013 commissions by Caro C and Ailís Ní Ríain for our DD Day 2014 touring events.

Daniel Weaver

Daniel Weaver is a West Yorkshire/Manchester based composer and instrument maker amongst a panoply of creative skills. His creative technical approach to making music and personality infused output meant he was an ideal new recruit for the Delia Darlings’ somewhat radical music programming.

Daniel explains: “I have always made instruments in search of new sounds and I try to use only found and recycled materials in an effort to reduce waste and encourage resourcefulness.”

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Daniel’s DD Day 2014 performances will introduce a newly invented mechanical instrument – inspired by Delia’s use of tape, looping, experimental processes and collage. It will feature found objects as sound sources in collision with cheap, broken and resuscitated electronics and attempt to create an atmospheric, theatrical and maybe even humorous work.

Like Delia, Daniel has also produced ‘functional’ music for example theatre, dance, installations and sound effects as well as solo concerts, collaborations and cabarets.

Daniel again: “I’ve really enjoyed the research so far and learning more about her techniques and especially her works for Theatre. My commissions also usually come from collaboration with Theatre makers so I am familiar with starting from text, ideas, strange associations and nebulous concepts. Recent performance work of my own has been looking into childhood, and anyone who grew up with the BBC in the 60′s and 70′s (as I did) has Delia in their psyche and it’s a pleasure to be guided back there with experts.”

Andrea Pazos

Andrea Pazos is a Manchester based artist working within the design/visual art and music/sound art sector with extensive experience of implementing designs and exhibitions throughout Europe.

Andrea’s spirited response to visiting the DD archive:

“What captivated me is Delia Derbyshire’s working process. In the archive I could see loads of handwriting: small sketches of music compositions, ideas, notes, thoughts…This gave me a slight glimpse into her personality, dedication and specific way of working.”

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Andrea will collaborate with the music/sound artists and create digital visual accompaniment to enrich and support the live music performance experience. She has also produced the animated trailer for DD Day 2014.

Andrea again: “What I have in mind for the outcome of the project is a middle point between Delia’s inspiration and the Delia Darlings’ interpretation.”

You can buy Delia Derbyshire Day 2014 tickets from Skiddle and DD Day 2014 tour dates in Hebden Bridge, London, Bristol & Norwich

Delia Derbyshire Day 2014 – tickets now on sale!

DD Day 2014 IABF posterTo buy tickets for this event please visit the events page: Delia Derbyshire Day 2014 tickets from Skiddle

For tour dates in Hebden Bridge, London, Bristol and Norwich please go to DD Day 2014 tickets page

After the sell-out and general success of Delia Derbyshire Day 2013, Delia Darlings are pleased to announce DD Day 2014, a follow up event honouring the fascinating work and archive of Delia Derbyshire (1937-2001). Delia was a pioneering electronic music composer who worked for the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and is most famous for realising the original Dr Who theme in 1963.

DD Day 2013 was the first of its kind. And due to continued demand and with the most valued support of the Delia Derbyshire Estate and Delia Derbyshire Archive at the University of Manchester, DD Day 2014 will take place at the Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester on Sat 12 April 2014.

DD Day 2014 image by Andrea Pazos

DD Day 2014 image by Andrea Pazos

Awarded funding from the Arts Council England, this project involves two new artist commissions, the DD Day 2014 event, England tour dates (London, Bristol, Hebden Bridge, Norwich and Oxford) and an education project.

Project Manager Caro C explains:

The success of DD Day 2013 far exceeded our expectations, demonstrating great interest in Delia’s work, her archive and support for our rather radical cross-genre programming. And this year sees a DD Day 2014 with a fresh format. We are excited to be able to present an audio visual collage of archive material, new music and visual art commissions and a short presentation by a Delian expert. We hope Delia would approve of us shaking things up and not just duplicating a successful event.

In the run up to the event we will be divulging information about the events we have coming up and introducing our new artists and programme. So follow us here on WordPress or connect on Twitter and Facebook as we launch ourselves into another delightful Delia D inspired series of events.

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Delia Derbyshire Day 2014 – New Commissions 2014 Tour – Schools Workshops

With the approval of Delia Derbyshire estate and a successful funding bid from Arts Council England, we are very pleased to announce the second phase of the Delia Darlings project which builds on the success of Delia Derbyshire Day 2013 which took place in Manchester, UK plus a small tour of Northern cities.  We are delighted that we are commissioning a new piece from composer/musician Daniel Weaver and a new digital visual art work from new media artist Andrea Pazos.  Both new commissions will be created in response to the Delia Derbyshire archive in Manchester, UK.

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In addition, we are developing an Education strand to our work. Pilot now complete and deemed successful, Caro C designed and delivered a 7 week course of workshops in 2 primary schools in Greater Manchester in partnership with One Education and John Rylands library. This included a free visit to John Rylands library and activities around the DD archive held there. Click here for more info and audio outcomes here. Further education plans afoot..

329211995_640We will present Delia Derbyshire Day 2014 at The International Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester on Saturday 12 April 2014. This event will present the new commissions, developed existing commissions and an exciting new audio-visual collage of the DD archive by David Butler and Sarah Hill. Each performance will be introduced by the composer explaining how their piece is informed by the DD archive, increasing the sharing of archive material. The new commissions will expand our current programme of Delia Darlings commissions by Caro C and Ailís Ní Ríain.

1390583_10153397405030543_663248150_nIn the meantime…DD Day 2013 commissions by Caro C and Ailís Ní Ríain were invited to perform as part of a most enjoyable showcase event at the Bring to Light ‘adventurous music’ festival at New Library Birmingham organised by Capsule. We included an enthused Q&A session with Caro C and a screening of The Delian Mode by Kara Blake.

Further post DD Day 2014 tour dates will include LONDON, BRISTOL  and more to be confirmed and updated on On Tour page..

DD DAY 2013

Delia Derbyshire Day 2013 was the first of its kind - a day that celebrated and highlighted the fascinating work of Delia Derbyshire (1937-2001), the pioneering electronic music composer most famous for realising the original Dr Who theme and her work for the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. It took place at Manchester’s music venue Band on the Wall. 2013 is the Dr Who 50th Anniversary and therefore of Delia Derbyshire’s realisation and arrangement of the iconic original theme and this event launched the celebrations. Amongst much regional and national press coverage, DD Day 2013 was featured on BBC Radio 4′s The Today Programme..

SUMMARY OF DD DAY 2013

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Film Screening of ‘The Delia Mode’ by Kara Blake. A special screening of the award-winning documentary The Delian Mode with the Canadian film director Kara Blake present to introduce and discuss the work in person.

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A panel discussion with esteemed Delia Derbyshire experts:

  • Mark Ayres (Composer and BBC Radiophonic Workshop archivist). Mark represents the Delia Derbyshire’s estate and was bequeathed her archive following her death before donating it to the University of Manchester.
  • David Butler (Senior Lecturer in Screen Studies, the University of Manchester). David helped bring the archives to the University of Manchester and is wealth of knowledge on Delia’s work.
  • James Percival is studying MA Musicology at University of Manchester and is focusing his dissertation on Delia Derbyshire’s Creative Process
  • Kara Blake is director of The Delian Mode and undertook extensive research and interviews about Delia and her life and work.

Archive Sharing & Listening Session with David Butler & Delia Darlings

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The premiere of three newly commissioned works inspired by the work of Delia Derbyshire by a trio of Manchester based new music artists Caro C, Naomi Kashiwagi and Ailís Ní Ríain who are the producers behind this unique venture as Delia Darlings.  Delia Darlings are a female trio of Manchester based artists working in music and sound paying sonic homage to Delia Derbyshire having spent time by special arrangement  with her archives at the University of Manchester and John Rylands Library in Manchester.

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with live visual accompaniment courtesy of Kara Blake

NK PS 6Naomi Kashiwagi performing her new work The Blues (Gramophonica Remix)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABrendan Ball & Heather Bird performing Ailís Ní Ríain’s new work The Consequences of Falling

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An abundance of thanks again to our funding supporters: Arts Council England, PRS for Music Foundation and Quebec Arts Council.

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