Delia Derbyshire Night

Sun 20 January 2013 // 20:00 / Cinema

A whole night dedicated to Delia Derbyshire (1937-2001), who is most known for creating the original BBC Doctor Who theme tune in 1963. 

Documentary + Director Q&A + Live Music  

Documentary screening: The Delian Mode (2010, dir. Kara Blake, 25 min)

The Delian Mode is a a short experimental documentary revolving around the life and work of electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire, best known for her groundbreaking sound treatment of the Doctor Who theme music. A collage of sound and image created in the spirit of Derbyshire’s unique approach to audio creation and manipulation, this film illuminates such soundscapes onscreen while paying tribute to a woman whose work has influenced electronic musicians for decades.

The film features interviews with Brian Hodgson and Dick Mills of the now defunct BBC Radiophonic Workshop, the founder of Electronic Music Studios Peter Zinovieff, musicians Peter Kember (Sonic Boom), Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Ann Shenton (Add N to X) as well as other friends and colleagues of Delia. 

+ Director Q&A

Kara Blake, the director of the film, will be present for a Q&A after the film

+ Live Music: 3 acts

The Star & Shadow Cinema is very excited to be hosting 3 great musical acts inspired by Delia Derbyshire - they were especially commissioned for the night. The new music commissions will be by:

-  Caro C (was Caro Snatch - experimental electronic)

Caro C (was caro snatch) will produce a 15-20 minute live hardware, software and vocal sonic journey ranging from ambient soundscape with spoken word to beats and noise.

Like Delia, Caro is an electronic producer, performer and sound engineer but operating at a time when the technology available is in stark contrast to the complex and time-consuming techniques used by Delia and her peers. This will be highlighted and commented upon in this new piece.

“Proper interesting gear with lots of fresh ideas and thought provoking lyrics” – Brian at Norman Records, UK

- Ailís Ní Ríain (contemporary classical) 

Born in Cork, the international prize-winning classical composer and published playwright Ailís Ní Ríain aims to produce work which challenges, provokes and engages. She is particularly interested in cross-discipline collaboration, new writing for performance, concert music, sound installation, opera, music-theatre and presenting contemporary music in diverse spaces.  Her music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 ‘The Verb’ & ‘Hear and Now’, BBC 4′s The Today Programme and Woman’s Hour, RTÉ Lyric FM and RTÉ One in addition to a documentary for Channel 4′s Big Art project.  She received her Purcell Room, Southbank debut in 2007 and her Carnegie Hall debut in 2008. 
You can listen to Ailis Ni Riain's music here:

- Naomi Kashiwagi (gramophonica) 

Her composition is inspired by spending time with the Delia Derbyshire archives held at University of Manchester.

Naomi Kashiwagi is an artist whose practice playfully provokes the fringes of disciplines and genres, the intersections and impacts of visual art and music upon one another and the cyclical nature of obsolescence and technological innovation. She works through reinvention- recycling the redundant and that of the established order to reveal the ordinary as being inherently extraordinary. The way she works is also a reflection of her identity, an intrinsic fusion of two cultures, English and Japanese. Naomi has performed at Barbican, INIVA, Fabrica, Cafe OTO and Sonic Arts Network Expo. 

+ Visuals

Kara Blake (The Delian Mode director) will be providing live visual accompaniment for each performance!

+ DJs

DJs playing Delian inspired sounds!


On the door: £6 / £4 (conc)

Advance online tickets available: £5.50 / £3.50 (conc) on this link:

This project is supported by Arts Council England, PRS for Music Foundation and Quebec Arts Council.