Delia Derbyshire Day 2014 took place at Anthony Burgess Foundation with another full-house of enthusiastic people.
To an Independent Listener – a 45 minute audio-visual collage by Delia Derbyshire researcher David Butler and film maker Sarah Hill which takes the audience on a journey through the freelance work in the Delia Derbyshire Archive.
Talk by Teresa Winter who is undertaking a PhD at the University of York researching Delia’s work at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Teresa talked about Delia’s collaborations with film makers including the author, playwright and poet Angela Rodaway in an engaging, personal, political and not too academic way. And we got to hear an unpublished soundtrack Delia had created for one of Angela’s plays, with more techno involved!
Then we had the live performances of 3 music commissions by Caro C (a further developed version of DD Day 2013 commission), Ailís Ní Ríain (a further developed version of DD Day 2013 commission performed by classical trumpet player Brendan Ball and Geth Griffiths on double bass) & Daniel Weaver (DD Day 2014 commission) with visual accompaniment by Andrea Pazos (DD Day 2014 commission).
Each performance was be introduced by the composer explaining how their piece is informed by the DD archive, thereby increasing the sharing of archive material and playing an extract which we hope helped the audience to connect with our responses.
Massive thanks to everyone who came along, Janet Wolstenholme for hard-working sound engineer duties for the day, Anthony Burgess Foundation staff for all their cheerfulness and support, Delia Derbyshire Estate and Manchester University for letting us present Delia’s music and of course Delia for being such an inspiration to us all.
Delia Derbyshire Day 2014 is funded by Arts Council England and supported by University of Manchester and the International Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester.