Delia Derbyshire Festival

This weekend a festival is taking place across the Coventry area to mark the work of the electro/synth pioneer and composer Delia Derbyshire, the lady behind the Doctor Who theme tune that was arranged by Ron Grainger.

Among the venues taking part in the festival are the 13th Century crypt at St Mary’s Guildhall, a canal basin and a disused coal vault.

It’s all part of Coventry’s A Thing About Machines festival, organised by Cormac Faulkner who says of Derbyshire:

"She fits Coventry so well,’ Faulkner enthuses. ‘She was this sort of low-tech, getting on with it, no pretence type of figure, and so we started building the festival around her.’

The festival ends tonight, so there is still time to drop into one of the performances – check out the A Thing About Machines wesbite.

For information on Delia Derbyshire, visit


Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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