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Electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire to be honoured with building at Coventry University

The new building hopes to "inspire future generations of practitioners and audiences to further their creative spirit"

Delia Derbyshire

The life and legacy of electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire is to be honoured with a building at Coventry University.

The new Faculty of Arts and Humanities space, which will fully open in 2023, follows the Doctor Who theme composer's previously awarded posthumous honorary doctorate in 2017.

According to the Coventry University site, the hub will "combine the former Graham Sutherland and Maurice Foss buildings, which are being totally refurbished, along with an exciting new extension hosting cutting edge equipment and spaces".

The building will become a new focal point for the university's faculty of arts and humanities and hopes to "inspire future generations of practitioners and audiences to further their creative spirit", says David Butler, trustee of the music charity Delia Derbyshire Day.

Derbyshire was born in Coventry on 5th May 1937 and briefly returned there in 1960 to work as a primary school teacher, following her stint at Cambridge and her pre-BBC employment years that included a job at the United Nations teaching piano to the children of diplomats.

Derbyshire, who passed away in 2001, was recently the subject of a new documentary drama film written, directed by and starring Caroline Catz. 'Delia Derbyshire: The Myths and the Legendary Tapes' aired on BBC Four last year and features original recordings by Derbyshire on the soundtrack. The film's soundtrack was created by Cosey Fanni Tutti and officially released both digitally and on vinyl earlier this month.