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Coventry Cathedral Priory Street, Coventry, CV1 5AB
Sun 6 Mar 2022 @ 12.30
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Deliaphonic: Sonic Playground

Sun 6 Mar 2022 @ 12.30
Coventry Cathedral
Priory Street, Coventry, CV1 5AB
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Suitable for all ages (under 16s must be accompanied by an adult)

Friday 4 Mar 1pm – 4pm Sonic Playground + School of Noise workshops

Saturday 5 Mar 10am – 1.30pm Sonic Playground + School of Noise workshops

Sunday 6 Mar 12.30pm - 2.30pm Sonic Playground 

A family-friendly event for children to learn about, experience and practically engage with electronic sound from the past, present and future.

Before Delia Derbyshire’s death, she had the ambition to host a music and arts festival in the Midlands which would have a focus on children, enabling them to experiment with ways of making music, sonic sculptures and being able to play instruments such as theremins. Deliaphonic 2022 aims to realise that ambition and invites families to come and explore sonic sculptures get involved with workshops.



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Sonic sculptures

Artist Nik Ramage invites children to explore a series of mechanical sculptures and intriguing machines which make unexpected and interesting sounds. The Art of Noise, a set of noise-making machines which were made for the Music Boxes children's event at Manchester International Festival. Picture the satisfying wobble of a tin bowl containing some water, the space age whoosh of a ball travelling inside a long tube, the comic twang of a ruler; each of these observations harnessed and focused by the design of the contraption to enable further exploration by the player. A sweet shop of found sound.

There will also be an opportunity to join workshops:

School of Noise

School of Noise workshops have been part of many music, film and science festivals including Latitude, Green Man, Womad, End of the Road, Cheltenham Science Festival, Czech Film Festival and Barnes Film Festival. There will be drop-in activity where audiences can play with a variety of musical instruments and scientific equipment including Chladni plates, theremin, Omnichord, telegraph key, X-Ray record, Dadamachine, tuning forks, model of a human ear, and fruits and vegetables that will trigger musical sounds when touched.

Atari Punk Girls

Atari Punk Girls deliver female-led DIY, lof-fi synth-building and composition sessions where participants learn the basics, put together gnarly light-reactive noise machines, and perform live with their brand new creation.


Yuri Suzuki – Garden of Russio

Nik Ramage - The Art of Noise

Caro C - Coolicon Lampshade Installation 

IKO Sound System

Squidsoup – Discordia

Coventry Uni - Then and Now VR experience


Deliaphonic is a 4-day festival to celebrate the sounds and legacy of Delia Derbyshire. Now in its fourth year, the festival will once again take place in her hometown of Coventry, with events scheduled at Coventry Cathedral & The Tin Music and Arts. 


Access information

Coventry Cathedral is in Coventry city centre – 1.1 kilometres from Coventry train station and about 100 metres from Pool Meadow bus station.

The main entrance to the Cathedral is on Priory Street opposite Coventry University or St Michael’s Avenue from the City Centre. The postcode is CV1 5FB.


There is limited disabled parking (next to the Chapel of Unity on St Michael’s Avenue). There are two Blue Badge parking bays on Bayley Lane.

Drop Off Point: There is a drop off point on Priory Street, just in front of the steps and ramp leading up to the entrance for the new Cathedral, where there is no kerb.

The nearest public car parks to the Cathedral are 300 metres away at Cox Street CV1 5GA (short stay), Salt Lane CV1 2GY or Lower Ford Street CV1 5PS (long stay).

The main road outside the Cathedral (Priory Street) has a wide pavement. On the other side of the Cathedral, near the church of Holy Trinity, in Cuckoo Lane and Bayley Lane, there are many cobbled pathways and limited dropped kerbs.

Accessing The Cathedral

When you arrive at the new Cathedral from Priory Street, access is via seven steps to a landing and then a further thirteen steps. There are hand rails on either side.

Alternatively, there is a ramp leading around Coventry Cathedral Ruins up to the covered area between the two buildings.

To enter Coventry Cathedral there are two glass doors, measuring 90cm wide with 103cm between them, with level access.

Inside the Cathedral

There is a model of the Cathedral available to touch. This will be located in the main body of the Cathedral.

Please note that some areas of the Coventry Cathedral can only be reached via steps and so are not accessible to those using wheelchairs. The performance doesn’t require you to use these spaces.


The Cathedral seating can be quite uncomfortable. You may want to bring a cushion along with you to make yourself more comfortable.

All of the seats are removable, so if you are accessing the space in a wheelchair, you are welcome to sit wherever you like.

Personal Assistant Tickets

For anyone not able to attend the event on their own we offer a complimentary essential companion/personal assistant ticket. To request a ticket please email [email protected].


There is an accessible toilet available at the Cathedral which can be found on the rear left hand side of the main space. There is a ramp to access this.

If you would benefit from being seated close to the toilet please let us know in advance and we will reserve space for you.

Changing Places Toilet

The nearest Changing Places Toilet is at Coventry Central Library, in the city centre, and approximately 1 kilometre away from the Cathedral.

Central Library, Smithford Way, City Centre, Coventry, CV1 1FY.

The toilet can be accessed by a lift to the first floor and by using a radar key, during opening hours:

Monday 9.30am - 6.30pm
Tuesday 9.30am - 6.30pm
Wednesday 9.30am - 6.30pm
Thursday 9.30am - 6.30pm
Friday 9.30am - 6.30pm
Saturday 9.30am - 4pm
Sunday 12.30pm - 3.30pm