Preview // Delia Derbyshire Day 2014 in Manchester and beyond


Preparations are well underway for the second Delia Derbyshire Day, following a successful first run in January last year. Curated by the Delia Darlings, a collective who have had the opportunity to spend time with Delia’s archive at Manchester University’s John Rylands Library, this year will see extended and new performances of pieces inspired by her work.

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Delia Derbyshire Day 2014
DD Day 2014 is a music and arts event in Manchester honouring the fascinating work & archive of electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire (1937-2001).

The producers behind this unique venture are Delia Darlings – a collective of suitably experimental Manchester based artists working in music, sound and creative technologies paying homage to Delia Derbyshire having spent time with her archives at the University of Manchester. 

Current Delia Darlings are Ailís Ní Ríain (contemporary classical), Caro C (experimental electronic), Daniel Weaver (electro-acoustic instrument maker/composer) and Andrea Pazos (creative technologist).

DD Day 2014 will feature:

A 45 min 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.

An informal talk by Teresa Winter who is undertaking a PhD at the University of York researching Delia’s work at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Teresa will talk about some radio programmes from the mid-1960s that Delia worked on in collaboration with others and discuss some of the electronic music techniques she employed.

Live performance 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) 

Daniel Weaver (DD Day 2014 commission) – using home made instruments

With live visual accompaniment by Andrea Pazos (DD Day 2014 commission). 

Each performance will be introduced by the composer explaining how their piece is informed by the DD archive, thereby increasing the sharing of archive material.

This event has been awarded funding from Arts Council England. Project partners include Manchester University and International Anthony Burgess Foundation.

Entry Price: £10
Entry Price (Members/NUS): £10

For more information about this event, visit
Minimum Age: 15

Date: 12th Apr 2014 7:30pm
Last Entry: 8:00pm

Venue: International Anthony Burgess Foundation
Engine House, Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge Street
M1 5BY


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