BBC Radiophonic Workshop

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Delia worked at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop from April 1962 to 1973, composing pieces of music for BBC radio and TV programmes and at some times acting as the Workshop's organiser.

Delia learned tape editing and electronics at the BBC and most of her professional contacts were made through her position at the BBC.

However, in programme credits, the BBC always attributed her work to "BBC Radiophonic Workshop", denying her both royalties for her compositions and the public recognition that she craved.

The working conditions there were cramped and airless and the equipment delapidated, but even so Delia's musical genius flowered there.

In 1970, Desmond Briscoe went on "extended leave", leaving Delia to manage the Workshop.[1] By this time she was drinking constantly[2] and left in 1973, in her words, for “self-preservation”.


  1. Dial a tune
  2. Elizabeth Parker