Delia Derbyshire Day (DD Day) is now a registered charity with registered Charity Number 1164959.

Our charitable objects are:

1. To advance the education of the public in music technology and the history of British electronic music via the archive and works of Delia Derbyshire.

2. To advance the art of British electronic music via the archive and works of Delia Derbyshire.

DD Day offer public events and participatory activities in Greater Manchester, with national touring events and a a developing education programme. So far, DD Day has commissioned artists based in NW England to respond to the fascinating archive of the late great Delia Derbyshire. We are grateful for the support of Arts Council England, PRS for Music Foundation and The Granada Foundation to help fund our activities.

We are a Manchester-based developing organisation which pays homage to Delia Derbyshire (1937-2001) – a pioneer of electronic music in England in the 1960’s & 70’s. She is most famous for realising Ron Grainer’s original Dr Who theme in 1963, but during her time at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop she produced so much more music and sound for radio, TV and theatre. Delia’s archive is housed at University of Manchester.

Delia Derbyshire Day are very grateful to have the support and approval of the Delia Derbyshire estate, which is essential to the initiative’s integrity.

Caro C is currently project manager and we now have 4 trustees (David Butler, Dr Jenna Ashton, Mark Ayres and Brian Hodgson).

Caro C, Ailis Ní Ríain and Naomi Kashiwagi founded Delia Derbyshire Day in 2012 and as a team produced the first Delia Derbyshire Day 2013 which took place at Band on the Wall, Manchester, England on 12 Jan 2013. The event included a screening of Kara Blake’s award-winning documentary The Delian Mode, panel discussion with esteemed Delian experts and debut performances of 3 new music commissions by Ailís Ní Ríain, Caro C and Naomi Kashiwagi plus DJ Tukatz and live visual accompaniment by Kara Blake.They then toured these music commissions and film to sell-out audiences in Liverpool, Sheffield and Newcastle.

Another Delia Derbyshire Day took place on SAT 12 APRIL 2014 at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester with a fresh format. This was followed by touring events in Hebden Bridge, London, Bristol and Norwich. We presented new artist commissions (Daniel Weaver & Andrea Pazos) and a 45 minute audio visual collage of Delia Derbyshire archive material.

A third DD Day public event took place on 17 January 2016 at HOME in Manchester with hands-on workshops for families, a special music and visuals arts programe and live pop-up music performance filling the HOME building with Delia-n spirit. We screened two artist films for which Delia composed music: Two Houses by Elizabeth Kosmian (1980) and One of These Days by Madelon Hooykaas & Elsa Stansfield (1973). New artist commissions were presented by Mary Stark (handmade film to accompany a new audio archive collage by David Butler) and Mandy Wigby as the Architects of Rosslyn with Howard Jacobs (new music commission inspired by the DD Archive and a live soundtrack to a collage of films by Di Mainstone).

We are grateful to our funders: Arts Council England (2013, 2014 & 2016), The Granada Foundation (2016) and Women Make Music funding programme from the PRS for Music Foundation (2013). Project partners include One Education Music, John Rylands Library, University of Manchester and Philtre films.

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