Announcing: Delia Derbyshire 80th birthday electronic music heritage project

We are very excited to be able to announce that funding of £42,600 has been awarded by The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a programme of activities and events to celebrate the late Delia Derbyshire’s 80th anniversary year.

With our board of trustees, we have devised a variety of events and activities giving lots of opportunities for people of all ages, with lots or no knowledge of Delia to enjoy and be inspired by what we think is a gem of electronic music heritage.

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Project partners include the Delia Derbyshire Estate, John Rylands Library, University of Manchester, One Education Music, Full of Noises Festival, Digital Women’s Archive North and Band on the Wall. Recruitment managed with two DD Day trustees has led to the appointment of Caro C as the Project Manager and Vicky Clarke as Assistant Project Manager.

Nathan Lee, Head of HLF North West comments:

“We’re delighted to support this project to shine a light, not only the pioneering impact of Delia Derbyshire’s work, but also on this significant and fascinating part of John Rylands Library. Thanks to National Lottery players, DD Day can share the musical roots of electronic music to a new generation.”

Key dates & outputs:

5 May 2017Delia’s 80th Birthday – launch new website, short film about the DD Archive and “Deliaphonica Soundbank” (an interactive web platform) public engagement activity

10 June 2017 – A very special DD Day 2017 MCR at Band on the Wall – electronic music-making workshops for families and evening music/arts event, archive sharing, expert panel discussion/Q&A with very special guests, live music/visual art performances.

5 Aug 2017 – DD Day touring event at Full Of Noises (FON) Festival in Barrow-in-Furness – participatory workshops for families and evening cultural heritage event with archive sharing, panel discussion/Q&A, live music/visual art performances.

Sept-Nov 2017 – 8 week education project in 2 primary schools in Manchester including production of a short film about the DD Archive by the young participants.

5 Dec 2017DD Day and Digital Women’s Archive North (DWAN) symposium event at Anthony Burgess Foundation 6-9pm (time TBC) – with guest speakers, archive sharing and open forum discussion.

We are most grateful to Heritage Lottery Fund support and all the support-in-kind we have been given by our project partners, trustees and contributors. If you are a venue, school or arts organisation that would like to host a DD Day activity or event, we’d love to hear from you. And of course we are very grateful for your continuing public support for Delia and our work and look forward to enchanting you anew with more Delia-n delights!

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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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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.

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Caro C – photo by Sam Huddleston

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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.

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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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