Oranges and Lemons

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Oranges and Lemons is Delia's gentle play on the melody of the clock chime of St Clements Church in London.

Though the tape labelled Oranges and Lemons is dated 1968,[1] it is included as part of an interview with Delia for a viewers'/listeners' question and answer programme Information Please's, with tape dated 1964 and broadcast in September 1965.[2]

The first half of Oranges and Lemons was reused to make the monstrous Time To Go.


Oranges and Lemons - Spectrogram.jpg
6-octave spectrogram of Oranges and Lemons from A1(55Hz) to A7(3520Hz) at 100 pixels per second.


  • Broadcast on 4th September 1965 at 8.40pm on the Light Programme[2] as part of the interview with Delia for the programme Information Please,[3] included in the documentary Sculptress of Sound.
  • The catalogue entry for a tape entitled Oranges and Lemons says it was for a radio programme produced by S. Ahonen of the BBC's External Finnish Section and is dated 1968.[1]
  • A mangled version was released on vinyl/CD as Time To Go.


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Tape Library List's entry for TRW 6847: "Oranges and Lemons, copy of TRW 6160."
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Tape Library List's entry for TRW 6160: "Information Please".
  3. You can hear the track in Information Please, and TRW 6847's notes say "Copy of TRW 6160", which is "Information Please".