Delia’s Darlings Awarded PRS Women Make Music Award for Delia Derbyshire Day 2013!

3 Aug

Delia’s Darlings (me, Caro Snatch and Ailís Ní Ríain) have been awarded funding from the PRS Women Make Music latest allocation for Delia Derbyshire Day 2013! We will be responding to the Delia Derbyshire archives at University of Manchester to each produce a new sound work. Huw will be coming up to Manchester in a couple of weeks to work on the soundscape for Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama, where some of Delia’s archive is (the tapes, her school books and some of her personal possessions are at John Rylands Library, Deansgate, Manchester). Lot’s of Delia Derbyshire-centric activity happening in Manchester! Here’s what Delia’s Darlings will be doing:

Delia Derbyshire Day 2013

an A/V event based around

3 new music based performance pieces

responding to the archives of pioneer Delia Derbyshire


3 female artists, caro snatch aka Caro Churchill (instigator & experimental electronic music producer and performer), Naomi Kashiwagi (artist) and Ailís Ní Ríain (classical composer) will produce and perform a new piece of music/sound work inspired by spending time with the physical archives of Delia Derbyshire. An event around the performances will and hopefully include a screening of Kara Blake’s documentary “The Delian Mode” and Q&A with director and artists.


caro snatch is an internationally-active experimental electronic producer and performer with releases on various independent labels. Her latest album received reviews in the likes of Music Week and Aesthetica. International radioplay has included BBC Radio 3′s Late Junction describing her as a “spoken word sonic enchantress”. Also a qualified studio engineer, Caro is often asked to contribute to research around women in music and acts as a mentor for women starting out with music technology.

Naomi Kashiwagi is an artist who has performed at Barbican, INIVA, Fabrica, Cafe OTO and Sonic Arts Network Expo. She has been commissioned to produce new music by ICA, Whitworth Art Gallery, RNCM, Manchester Weekender, Castlefield Gallery and FACT. Her performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio Manchester and BBC Radio 6. She is also the Producer of ‘In the mix‘.

Ailís Ní Ríain was 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.  As a Composer she is represented by the Contemporary Music Centre of Ireland and as a playwright by Mel Kenyon at Casarotto Ramsay Ltd.

What is this project?

We will produce three new music based performance works in response to the Delia Derbyshire archives currently held at University of Manchester. Through agreement, support and supervision of University of Manchester, we will have access to her sound archives, many working notes, correspondences and even some school books.

Each coming from their own unique musical background and diverse approaches, we will each produce a new piece of music to be performed at an event celebrating the achievements and skills of Delia Derbyshire.

Here’s an insight into the ethos of the award:

PRS Women Make Music

“We have created this call because we want to raise awareness about the funding we offer to music creators and encourage more women to come forward for this support. By promoting role models for future generations, we hope that we will be encouraging more women to think about making a living as a music creator.” Chair of Trustees (PRS), Sally Taylor.

For the latest updates check out the Delia Derbyshire Day blog.

More In the mix news coming soon….!!!


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