Inventing for Radio, Film, Television and Beyond: The Music of Delia Derbyshire

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talkResearch


This presentation focuses on the influential composer and sound designer Delia Derbyshire and her work for film and television in particular. The talk focuses on Derbyshire's post-BBC work and challenges the standard narrative that Derbyshire withdrew from creative activity and composing music in 1973 when she left the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. The presentation includes examples and extracts from projects Derbyshire contributed to into the early 1980s, including collaborations with the visual artists Madelon Hooykaas, Elsa Stansfield and Elisabeth Kozmian, which have been donated to the Delia Derbyshire Archive at the University of Manchester.

Following the talk, there will be a screening of For Delia (2016), a collaboration between the visual artist Mary Stark and David Butler, setting a collage of recordings by Derbyshire held in her archive to film.
Period18 Jun 2016
Event titleBreaking the Sound Barrier: Women Sounding Out in British and Irish Film and Television
Event typeConference
LocationLondon, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational