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Biography

Born in England 1862
Lived & worked in Florida, Germany, Norway & France
Died in France 1934
Buried in England 1935

Fritz Theodor Albert Delius was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England, on 29 January 1862 to parents who had come to England from Bielefeld, Germany. Julius, his father, was a prosperous businessman in one of Yorkshire’s great Victorian industries, wool. The home was a musically cultured one, and, as a boy, Fritz learned to play both violin and piano proficiently before he reached his teens. After attending Bradford Grammar School (1874-8), he spent two years studying at the International College near London, and then some apprentice years in his father’s business.

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The Delius Society 60th Anniversary Commissions' Concert

A unique concert of chamber music to mark The Delius Society's 60th anniversary this year is to feature three new works commissioned by the Society for the occasion, from Roderick Williams, Ian Venables and Bo Holten, alongside works by Delius, some recently rediscovered. 

Roderick Williams (baritone), Timothy Ridout (viola), Milly Forrest (soprano), Chiao-Ying Chang (piano), the Coull Quartet and The Carice Singers are the artists performing works ranging from a cappella to soprano, viola and piano, and string quartet and baritone. The programme will be announced shortly.

The concert is open to non-members; please book via Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-delius-society-60th-anniversary-concert-tickets-323317590617?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

(This concert follows the 2022 Delius Society AGM and Lunch, open to members only.)

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12/06/2022 David Lloyd-Jones (1934-2022)

The Delius Society is saddened by news of the death of its Vice-President David Lloyd-Jones, a conductor who championed British music. David was a keen supporter of the music of Delius, and of the Delius Society; one of his notable productions with Opera North, which he founded in 1978, becoming its first Music Director, was […]

11/06/2022 The Delius Society 60th Anniversary Commissions’ Concert

A unique concert of chamber music to mark The Delius Society’s 60th anniversary this year is to feature three new works commissioned by the Society for the occasion, from Bo Holten, Ian Venables and Roderick Williams alongside works by Delius, some recently rediscovered, including the first movement of the 1889 String Quartet, two songs, and the […]

DIGITAL EVENT – Delius Mass of Life: play-through and commentary with Choir of the Earth

Choir of the Earth’s Founder, Mark Strachan BEM, and Musical Director, Ben England BEM, have invited as many people as possible to learn and record Mass of Life by Delius. Following a full play-through with their musical insights (recorded on 15 March, see link below) and teaching the work throughout the summer, they will be […]

29/12/2022 Lionel Carley

We are very sorry to announce that Lionel Carley, President of The Delius Society since 2005, passed away just before midnight on Tuesday 28th December.  His heart had troubled him for some months and he had lately been treated as an in-patient at Cheltenham General Hospital. In addition to his Presidency of the Society, of […]