Announcing: Delia Derbyshire Day 2016 at HOME, MCR

We are very excited to annouce our next Delia Derbyshire Day event in Manchester will be on Sunday January 17th 2016 at the lovely new HOME Manchester.

We are very pleased that HOME want to be the new home of Delia Derbyshire Day and we all feel it is an especially good fit given that the focus of our next round of events will be MUSIC & VISUAL – as we will screen 2 new donations to the Delia Deryshire Archive for which Delia provided the sound and music. More exciting information on these pieces to come.

mary stark 1 copyFor DD Day 2016 we will commission 2 new creative responses to the Delia Deryshire Archive by North West based artists who are dedicated to their craft and dare to be rare. Like Delia did. Introducing:

  1. A new archive sharing audio collage by David Butler with visual live art response by artist Mary Stark;

  2.  A new DD Day 2016 music commission by The Architects of Rosslyn – Mandy Wigby Producer/Composer feat. Howard Jacobs Composer/Musician – responding to the inspiring Delia Derbyshire archive and a visual/film narrative.

Hands on workshops for families

At DD Day 2016 at HOME, we will also be offering hands-on workshops for families to have some fun making music inspired by Delia’s archive and working methods.

Much more info to come – we just wanted to let you know that our next round of Delian treats are on their way! And we are grateful for the support of The Granada Foundation for our first fundraising success to make DD Day 2016 happen.

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Delia Derbyshire Day update for 2015

Hello there cherished DD Day supporters and potential new recruits!

We are happy to announce plans for our next Delia Derbyshire Day are afoot. The fresh focus for the event will not just be music – more will be revealed in time.

In the meantime we wanted to let you know that we are beavering away on another special event to honour the work and legacy of the late great Delia Derbyshire and will announce more information as soon we can (ie. once funding has been confirmed).

And here is a recently added to You Tube interview with Delia herself about making that original Dr Who theme with Dick Mills . This clip is taken from the special feature Masters of Sound on the Doctor Who: The Beginning Box Set DVD.

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.

The Consequences of Falling

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!



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.


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.”

Daniel Weaver

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.”

Andrea photo

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