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Coventry Cathedral Priory Street, Coventry, CV1 5AB
Until Sun 6 Mar 2022

Deliaphonic

Thu 3 Mar 2022 to Sun 6 Mar 2022
Coventry Cathedral
Priory Street, Coventry, CV1 5AB
From £1
 

Deliaphonic is a 4-day festival to celebrate the sounds and legacy of Delia Derbyshire. With film screenings, talks, live music, DJ sets, projections, performance art, sonic installations and family-friendly events, you will be inspired by some well-acclaimed musicians and artists with experimental and electronic music and more.

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Deliaphonic is going live: return to this page on Fri 4 March from 9.45pm to hear the sounds of Radiophonic Workshop and on Sat 5 March from 6.20pm for a turbulent night of electronica and funk including headliner Lone Lady, a.k.a Julie Campbell.

Deliaphonic has received funding from PRS Foundation for New Music, British Council, Heart Of England and Coventry City of Culture Trust.

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Friday Night from 9.45pm

Saturday Night from 6.20pm

ABOUT DELIAPHONIC

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. 

Normally scheduled in May to mark the anniversary of Delia Derbyshire’s birth, this year the festival takes place from Thursday 3 – Sunday 6 March, just ahead of International Women’s Day on 8 March. March also sees the City of Culture theme of Amazing Women, with Derbyshire taking her rightful place in a line-up celebrating influential, and often under-recognised, women.

Delia’s work is inextricably bound up with the worlds of visual art and film, and she composed music for more than 200 radio and TV shows. She is perhaps best known for her electronic arrangement of the theme music to the BBC’s Doctor Who, but her wide range of works ranges from compositions for art films with Yoko Ono to creating sound effects for contemporary theatre. 

Deliaphonic 2022's teaser.

Find out more about Deliaphonic in depth from a film made in 2018.

Events

On Thursday we will host a screening of the festival cut of Delia Derbyshire: The Myths & Legendary Tapes with a Q&A with the director Caroline Catz. Two headliners Radiophonic Workshop and Loraine James will be performing on Friday evening. Join the official afterparty on Friday night with DJ Richard Fearless at The Box @ FarGo Village.

Saturday will bring kids workshops, a Big Fish Little Fish family rave and a Sonic Playground with sculptures to inspire and baffle young minds. In the evening we will have music from Lonelady from Warp Records who has been topping the end of the year charts and is loved by 6Music, as well as Richard Norris from Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve & The Grid. 

Sunday at the Cathedral there’ll be further chances to explore the Sonic Playground and Supersonic will be bringing one of their famous Kid’s Gigs to Drapers' Hall as well as a panel discussion Journey to Nutopia and heritage talk and film screenings from Delia Derbyshire Day.

Deliaphonic: Big Fish, Little Fish - Family Rave

Join us for a family rave in celebration of the life and work of electronic music pioneer, Delia Derbyshire at Coventry Cathedral. Presented by Big Fish Little Fish and Deliaphonic Festival and featured DJ Alex Paterson, The Orb. WoW!, kids and parents will enjoy family time on a multi-sensory dance floor filled with ambient house music, bubbles, balloons, confetti cannons, snow foam and even a giant parachute dance!

Deliaphonic: Lonelady

Our Saturday evening headliner LoneLady, a.k.a Julie Campbell, is a musician, songwriter, singer and producer from Manchester. As her name indicates, LoneLady writes, performs and records all the components of her music, building up her own sound worlds in a solitary creative process. 

Deliaphonic: The Oram Awards Presents...

Deliaphonic has teamed up with The Oram Awards - a platform for innovation in sound, music and related technologies. Named after Daphne Oram, one of the founding members of the original BBC Radiophonic Workshop, the awards aim to build on her legacy.

Deliaphonic: Journey to Nutopia

JOURNEY TO NUTOPIA is a conversation about positive future narratives that refute the inevitability of global dystopia. We're not giving up on this world just yet - as poet Salena Godden and author John Higgs both declare - PESSIMISM IS FOR LIGHTWEIGHTS.

Deliaphonic: Delia Derbyshire Day Heritage Talk, Panel & Film Screenings

Caro C from Delia Derbyshire Day delivers a heritage talk followed by a panel discussion with Andi Wolf, Mark Ayres and Indira Prasad.

Andi Wolf – Owner of Delia’s childhood home where he discovered old school books, a gas mask and other belongings
Mark Ayres – Delia Derbyshire Estate/Radiophonic Workshop
Indira Prasad - Coventry sound artist

Following the talk, Dutch video art pioneer Madelon Hooykaas, will be joining via video call from the Netherlands to present her two film’s: About Bridges and One Of These Days in which Delia made the music for.

About Bridges’ – Dir Madelon Hooykaas
One of these days’ – Dir Madelon Hooykaas

The only surviving copy of Delia's music for About Bridges and One Of These Days was Madelon Hooykaas' copy on half inch tape.

Richard Fearless

3 hour DJ set

This event is the official after-party for Friday night’s Deliaphonic Festival - a celebration of the life and music of Coventry-born artist Delia Derbyshire. Support comes from Coventry DJ collectives, Hindsight Records and Wolf who play everything from psych, library music, acid folk, and garage rock to soul funk and hip hop.

 

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