Manchester Histories Festival

Delia Derbyshire: A look into her archive

Friday 2 June 2017

Born in Coventry, Delia Derbyshire (1937-2001) was one of the pioneering figures in the development of electronic music in Britain. She worked at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop from 1962 to 1973 producing a remarkable, evocative and distinctive body of work that explored, as she termed it, 'psycho-acoustics'. She is still best remembered for her extraordinary realisation of Ron Grainer's theme tune for Doctor Who (1963) - a piece of music that would become an iconic part of the soundscape of British popular culture.

The Delia Derbyshire archive is held at The John Rylands Library which is part of University of Manchester and with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund the Delia Derbyshire Day organisation have commissioned ‘For Interest Only’, a new film that gives people a glimpse of the wonderful archive.

A special event honouring her 80th birthday is being held on Saturday 10 June 2017at Band on the Wall.

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