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The Delius Prize

The Delius Prize was inaugurated with the purpose of introducing young musicians to the music of Delius. It was felt that the challenge of a prize competition held at a music academy would provide an encouragement to investigate this repertoire and to study it to a level suitable for public performance. This has proved to be the case, as well over 100 music students have entered the competition since its inception.

The Delius Prize is in two parts: a preliminary round, held in private at the music academy, and a public final. An eminent musician is invited to adjudicate the final event.

The Delius Prize 2017 was held on Friday 28th April at the Royal Academy of Music, London. This was the thirteenth Prize event, sponsored by The Delius Society, attracting ten entries in the preliminary round which was adjudicated on 23rd April by Prof. Timothy Jones, Deputy Principal of the Royal Academy of Music.  Five duos were selected for the public final competition.

The Adjudicator of the final competition was the conductor and pianist Stephen Barlow, assisted by Roger Buckley who represented the Society.  All five entries satisfied the rules of the competition and were heard in ideal conditions in the Academy’s David Josefowitz Recital Hall.

Introducing his adjudication, Stephen Barlow emphasised the need, in interpreting Delius, to understand the living architecture that lies beneath the surface of his music, and to find ways to express it in performance.  He chose as winners the viola and piano duo of James Heron and Thomas Ang, and awarded the second prize to the violin and piano duo of Courtenay Cleary and Thomas Ang.

Commenting on the 2017 Prize, Roger Buckley said: “We were delighted to receive a large number of entries, which we believe demonstrates that one of the main objectives of the Prize – to encourage students to discover works by Delius – is being achieved.  Over the years, the Prize has introduced well over a hundred young musicians to Delius and many are now including his works in their repertoire. The standard this year was very high, making the Adjudicator’s task unusually difficult.  The Delius Society thanks Stephen Barlow and congratulates this year’s winners on their outstanding performances.”

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