Salford’s Blueprint Studios set to host an innovative music and food event inspired by BBC Radiophonic Workshop’s Delia Derbyshire

By Lee Isherwood | Last updated 10 April 2015

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Renowned artists, award-winning musicians and a top UK chef unite to celebrate the legacy of Delia Derbyshire and cook up a bespoke evening of live performances and accompanying delicacies called The Green Lampshade (named after one of her most loved sounds. “My most beautiful sound at the time was a tatty green BBC lampshade.” – Delia Derbyshire). Delia famously realised the original Doctor Who theme in 1963 and has since inspired many stars of the British electronic music scene.


The Green Lampshade will see Huw Bunford (Musician, Soundscaper and guitarist from Super Furry Animals) play alongside performances by each of the founding Delia Darlings. Acclaimed Mancunian chef, Mary-Ellen McTague will serve an inventive and playful menu inspired by Delia, while experimental musician Denis Jones will also debut a new piece inspired by the Delia Derbyshire archive, which was acquired by the University of Manchester in 2007.

Dishes and performances will take inspiration from themes and techniques Delia used, creating an immersive experience for guests.

Dick Mills (BBC Radiophonic Workshop) says, “Delia Derbyshire found that just as natural ingredients make up the finest food recipes, in the ’Sound Kitchen’ that was the BBC Radiophonic Workshop she could collect natural sounds and, by cutting and blending, fashion them into inspiring audio dishes. Her pasta strips were loops of tape, her larder was the recording studio; her utensils were razor blades, sticky editing tape, microphone, filters and tape recorders. Her ‘Starters’ were miniature Signature Tunes, her Main Courses were her Inventions for Radio. As ‘Sous Chef’ to her Master Chef, I was privileged to cook up the Dr Who Theme with her – which turned out to be the ‘House Speciality.”

Creative Producer Naomi Kashiwagi says, “We are creating an experiential event to celebrate the life and work of Delia Derbyshire and show her relevance today. It has been exciting researching Delia’s techniques, equipment and technical approaches towards making electronic music, and using these themes to spark off the menu and curate the music lineup.”

The Green Lampshade is supported by the Delia Derbyshire estate and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

2015 is also the 10th anniversary of the new version of Dr Who. The first episode was broadcast on 26 March 2005.

The Green Lampshade

Sunday 17th May
Blueprint Studios, Salford
Address: Elizabeth House, 39 Queen Street, Salford, M3 7DQ
Times: 4pm-10pm
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