Delia Derbyshire to be honoured by Coventry road name
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Electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire is to be honoured in her hometown of Coventry by having a road named after her.
Derbyshire Way will pay tribute to the musician, who is best known for her work on the Doctor Who Theme when she was part of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.
The road is part of a new housing estate in the city and follows a campaign led by the Coventry Music Museum to have her influence recognised in her birthplace.
The museum features a permanent exhibition dedicated to her music.
Museum director Pete Chambers told the BBC: ‘It’s fitting as we bid for the City Of Culture 2021, that the bid does not ignore our music heritage, and that people from around the world know Delia was a Coventry legend.
‘A woman who influenced The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Orbital, The Chemical Brothers and even Pink Floyd, indeed, she is considered by many to be the Mother of Progressive Rock.’
He continued: ‘I firmly believe that if she were alive today Delia would have triple ‘D’ status, she would be Dame Delia Derbyshire, sadly that will never happen.
‘So it’s wonderfully fitting that there is something in her native Coventry dedicated to this very special lady.’
Visit the museum’s website to find out more.
Read our previous feature on female electronic musicians.
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