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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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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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

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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.

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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Delia Derbyshire Day 2013 Trailer

Sat 12 Jan 2013– Band on the Wall, Manchester– Full Day: £12 after. Afternoon event only: £6. Evening event only: £7.50. BUY HERE. Delia Derbyshire Day will be a day to celebrate and highlight the fascinating work of Delia Derbyshire (1937-2001), the pioneering electronic music composer most famous for realising the original Dr Who theme and her work for the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.


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