Delia Derbyshire Day 2016 – taking stock and moving forward

As we compile our Annual Report and take stock after another round of wonderful Delia Derbyshire Day activities, we would like to thank everyone who helped make it all happen.

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DD Day 2016 took place on Sunday 17 January at HOME cinema and arts centre in Manchester. We chose this venue as it HOME is a new high profile arts venue with high quality cinema and music facilities. This helped us to further raise the profile of Delia Derbyshire and her cultural legacy and thereby increase the impact of our charitable objectives.

Click here to visit the DD Day 2016 info page & reviews

Other DD Day 2016 activities

Alongside a smashing Delia Derbyshire Day 2016, we also carried out:

Partnership event with Digital Women’s Archive North – [DWAN] Digital Women’s Archive North and Delia Derbyshire Day teamed up to deliver a pre-DD Day 2016 event, titled Archiving Women’s Performance Practice, on Thursday 14 Jan 2016, 5.30pm-9.30pm at HOME.

This was a high impact event for the organisation and our aims as the Delia Derbyshire archive is becoming increasingly integrated into the Manchester music landscape and beyond. Representatives and leaders of arts & education organisations and many interesting artists were present and took part in the event’s discussions and informal networking.

Leeds College of Music – we were invited to present a touring event of DD Day on Tues 2 Feb 2016 as part of Leeds College of Music 50th anniversary events programme. This was a showcase of DD Day new music & digital visual commissions from 2013-2016 featuring Mandy Wigby/Architects of Rosslyn & Di Mainstone, Daniel Weaver & Andrea Pazos and Caro C & Andrea Pazos. What another attentive audience and a lovely venue with great sound facilities and enthusiastic staff.

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Future Plans

We are now cooking up our plans for the next phase of development as a charitable organisation. This will involve organisational development, fundraising, planning the next DD Day and further developing our education work with John Rylands Library (home of DD Archive). More info in due course.

Thanks

We are so grateful for another rewarding phase of our DD Day endeavours. Heartfelt thanks to our audiences for coming along to our events and being so supportive and attentive; all the children taking part in our education and participation work who have been inspired by Delia and worked hard to learn a lot about music technology in a relatively short time; commissioned artists for embracing the challenge of producing a creative response to Delia’s archive with such respect for Delia, passion, and dedication to their craft; media supporters for helping publicise Delia’s work and the work of DD Day to much wider audiences, funding bodies Arts Council of England, The Granada Foundation and University of Manchester Social Impact Fund; the hardworking staff at HOME for helping produce a great event in their high quality venue; Mark Ayres for re-mastering  “Two Houses” film for DD Day 2016; David Butler for co-curating DD Day 2016, producing the fascinating new audio collage of archive material, successfully raising and managing funds from University of Manchester Social Impact Fund; Jenna Ashton for doing most of the organisation for the DWAN/DD Day partnership event; trustees for agreeing to take on the responsibility and filling out all the paperwork to get DD Day off the ground as a CIO. And lastly of course thank you to Delia for being such an inspiring, dedicated craftswoman and creative talent with such a fascinating body of work and enduring cultural legacy.

Here’s to another great year and more exciting developments for DD Day!

 

 

Introducing our new commissioned artists for DD Day 2016

As the countdown commences to our exciting DD Day 2016 at HOME in Manchester, we would like to introduce you to our wonderful newly commissioned artists.

As with our previous DD Day events in Manchester in 2013 & 2014,  we have commissioned North West England based artists to produce new work as a creative response to the Delia Derbyshire Archive held at John Rylands Library (part of University of Manchester). This year’s new artists’ works works will be performed for the first time at DD Day 2016 at HOME on 17 Jan 2016.

The theme for DD Day 2016 is music and the visual arts. So it seems only fitting that we have a new work by a music composer who has composed music for film, a visual live artist and a pop-up performance mini-commission by a composer and film maker who have all been inspired by Delia’s work and working methods.

We believe these artists are dedicated to their craft and dare to be rare. Like Delia did.

Mandy Wigby – music composer & studio producer/engineer

Mandy Wigby is a Manchester-based composer and music/studio producer with music broadcast on films, BBC TV, BBC Radio 1 and 6music.

Mandy will perform as The Architects of Rosslyn with multi-instrumentalist Howie Jacobs and produce a live soundtrack for a 17 minute collage of films by artist and ‘movician’ Di Mainstone especially compiled for DD Day 2016.

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Mandy Wigby performing as a member of Sisters of Transistors

Mandy gives us an insight into her creative process for this commission:
“Delia Derbyshire’s realisation of the Dr Who theme opened my mind to electronic music at a very early age, although it wasn’t until later I began to discover the full extent of her work with The Radiophonic workshop. Being able to immerse myself in Delia’s archive at Manchester University and experience more of her imagination, playfulness and incredibly evocative sound pieces for theatre and film has been a real treat.
 
I was particularly inspired by the dark and brooding theatre sound effects which had been made for Macbeth and Medea – the way she plays with harmonics, building sounds from everyday objects then disguising them, sometimes morphing and manipulating these elements to play with the audience’s subconscious ear.
 
In contrast to the dark side were other collaborations with artists in the archive which showed her playfulness, charm and wicked sense of humour. Her interest in sound and vision led to many projects about, and also with, visual artists.
I tried to incorporate these elements to inform my piece, responding to Delia’s archive to develop the way I work. Through collaborating with multi-instrumentalist Howie Jacobs, creating new sounds through processing and technology, and also by working with film maker and artist Di Mainstone, this commision allows me to push myself and my music into new areas of exploration in the spirit of Delia Derbyshire.”
Mary Stark – live visual artist

Mary Stark is an artist based in Manchester.

Mary will present a visual live art performance to accompany a new 17 minute collage of audio material from the Delia Derbyshire Archive. The audio collage has been compiled by David Butler, lead researcher of the DD Archive and senior lecturer of Screen Studies at the University of Manchester.

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Mary tells us about her journey in creating her performance piece:

 

“The most inspiring things I’ve found about Delia’s archive has been looking through her papers gaining insight to her process of working with sound through her graphic scores. I’ve really enjoyed looking at all of the documents, seeing her handwriting and her school books, which contain doodles and sketches alongside mathematical drawings and diagrams, showing how her approach to composition and perception of sound developed from early in her life.
The drawings are delicate, sensitive and often repeat patterns. Sometimes they have been drawn on the back of papers that must have been lying around her desk, such as invoices or posters advertising concerts. which I really like as it hints at her way of working that she might have just grabbed at what was nearby when inspiration hit.
The graphic scores, notes and drawings have all been informing the cameraless black and white film I’ve been making. I’ve been drawing directly onto 35mm film and making digital drawings on acetate sheets, which are then printed photographically onto 35mm film in the darkroom, in a process similar to Man Ray’s photograms.
The way I make films also echoes Delia Derbyshire’s work with reel-to-reel tape, as I cut and splice film by hand. It’s laborious and repetitive, involving sustained physical contact with the filmstrip and long periods in the dark room. I’ve been listening to Delia’s sounds collaged by David Butler on repeat whilst working in the darkroom and it is a true honour to be given the chance to respond to her work!”
Janet Wolstenholme – music composer & studio producer/engineer
Janet Wolstenholme is a highly experienced and prolific composer of electronic music, a film maker, a singer songwriter and has been in many Manchester music bands including Bandit Queen and Beyond the Glass. Janet is also a committed sound engineer and studio producer, recording and doing live sound for many bands and artists. Janet works as a music facilitator and producer and engineer at Seed Studios in Trafford.
Janet’s piece, called Just Before Now, will be an improvised pop-up performance in the foyer of HOME on DD Day (4.30-5.30pm) utilising her technical and creative skills with live sampling, looping and manipulation.
DD Day 2016 is very grateful for funding support from Arts Council England, The Granada Foundation and University of Manchester for making these artist commissions possible.
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DD Day 2016 at HOME Manchester – Tickets on sale and funding in place

Tickets are now on sale for Delia Derbyshire Day 2016 at HOME in Manchester on Sunday 17 January.

Click here to BUY TICKETS for DD Day 2016 at HOME

Click here to book tickets for the family music making workshops

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DD Day 2016 at HOME event outline

Throughout her career, Delia had a close affinity with the visual arts, working on BBC projects about artists including Henry Moore, Francisco Goya and Eduardo Paolozzi, and collaborating with visual artists like Yoko Ono and Madelon Hooykaas.

DD Day 2016 showcases this interplay between music and the visual arts, and will screen two exciting new donations of experimental art films to the archive, for which Delia provided the music.

We will also present two new creative responses to the Delia Derbyshire Archive by artists Mary Stark (film/live art) and Mandy Wigby (music).

The event will include a Q&A with the artists and filmmakers exploring the relationship of music and visual arts and Delia’s work across these disciplines. During the day, there will also be hands on family workshops and pop-up improvised performances, including live music from Janet Wolstenholme.

You can click here to visit the DD Day 2016 page for more info about the films and performances.

                            Click here to BUY TICKETS for DD Day 2016 at HOME

We are overjoyed to announce that we have the funding in place to create another Delia Derbyshire Day. Thanks to support from The Granada Foundation, Arts Council England and the University of Manchester School of Arts, Languages and Cultures Impact Support Fund. We are also most grateful for partnership support from HOME.

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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 performing a live soundtrack to a collage of films by artist and ‘movician’ Di Mainstone.

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.

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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

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Ailís Ní Ríain – photo by Sam Huddleston

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Daniel Weaver – photo by Sam Huddleston

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Caro C – photo by Sam Huddleston

photo by Sam Huddlestone

photo by Sam Huddlestone