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Street in Coventry to be named after Delia Derbyshire

BBC Radiophonic Workshop’s electronic music pioneer gets honoured with a street named after her

As reported by Resident Advisor, a Coventry street has been named after the electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire. The composer of the Doctor Who theme was born in Coventry on 5 May 1937 and started work at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop in April 1962. Now, just over 15 years after her death in July 2001, her memory has been enshrined in the street name Derbyshire Way in Stoke Heath, Coventry.

Pete Chambers BEM, director of The Coventry Music Museum said: "Originally it was to be named Derbyshire Road, but I suggested ‘Way’ instead, so it gave a double meaning, as Delia was a genius and strong personality and really did do things in her own way."