January 12 is Delia Derbyshire day

Delia Derbyshire

Is this music familiar to you, perhaps?

It was, of course, composed by Ron Grainer, but the person who ‘realised’ it – not using a synthesiser, since they hadn’t been invented yet, but by creating each note manually – was Delia Derbyshire of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Derbyshire went on to be extremely influential in the world of electronic music and on January 12th 2013, Band on the Wall in Manchester is going to have a Delia Derbyshire Day to celebrate her work and to screen a documentary about her.

Here’s the itinerary:

Daytime “mini-symposium” event 3pm-6pm includes:

  • Screening of award-winning documentary “The Delian Mode”
  • Q&A with The Delian Mode director Kara Blake exciting panel of ‘Delian’ experts from around the UK
  • Deep listening session and sharing of some of Delia Derbyshire archive material

Evening event 8pm-10.30pm includes:

Premiere performances of new commissions by:

Ailís Ní Ríain (contemporary classical)

caro c (was caro snatch – experimental electronic)

Naomi Kashiwagi (gramophonica)

With live visual accompaniment by Kara Blake

Plus DJ Tukatz playing Delia inspired experimental music

Evening event will present new commissions by Manchester based caro c (experimental electronic), Ailís Ní Ríain (contemporary classical) and Naomi Kashiwagi (gramophonica) inspired by spending time with Delia Derbyshire archives held at University of Manchester. Plus DJ Tukatz playing Delian sounds and live visual accompaniment by Kara Blake.

Tickets are dirt cheap – Full Day: £10 Early Bird (before Dec 12), £12 after. Afternoon event only: £6. Evening event only: £7.50 – so if you’re in the area, go along!


  • I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.