In a Monastery Garden

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In a Monaster Garden is a two-minute piece created by Delia for the 1963 Charlie Drake film The Cracksman.

Delia's papers contain a carbon copy of a typewritten invoice to Associated British Picture Corporation dated 25th April 1963:

For creating two minutes of electronic
sound for the 'In a Monastery Garden'
sequence of 'The Cracksman',  and sup-
plying these sounds on ¼" tape at 15 i.p.s.,
                                   40 guineas.

with a note in her handwriting at the bottom saying:

the instrument is an Eb safe-
     unlocking mechanism!
                 Hope you like it --
                        Delia Derbyshire

Although the 1963 Charlie Drake comedy film by ABPC contains a short sequence in which Drake and some prisoners escape briefly into the prison grounds, its music is orchestral and has nothing matching Delia's description or style.


  • DD153652: Invoice from Delia to Associated British Picture Corporation dated 25 April 1963