Taking place at Band on the Wall, situated in Manchester’s Northern Quarter this Saturday 12th January, Delia Derbyshire Day is a celebration of the electronic music pioneer whose vision resulted in the original Doctor Who theme tune arrangement.
Among the attractions at the event are a screening of Cara Blake’s award-winning documentary The Delian Mode, previously unreleased archive material, an expert panel who will discuss Derbyshire’s influence and the concert premiere of three specially commissioned works by the Delia Darlings.
Tickets to Delia Derbyshire day are £12 for the full day (symposium and concert), symposium only £6, and £7.50 for the evening concert; you’ll find these available at the Band on the Wall.
For those of you who are unaware, Delia Derbyshire virtually invented the concept of making music with a synthesizer in the days before synthesizers even existed.As a junior member of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop she was nevertheless able to take Ron Grainer’s basic theme tune composition and present for viewers in November 1963 a bizarre soundscape of noise, sound and music, an almost tangible introduction to the mystery and wonder that would still entertain 50 years later. While the theme tune has taken many new guises over the years, Derbyshire’s arrangement remains one of the most stunning.