Delius Society


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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British Art Song Competition (BASC) 2021 announced- sponsored by The Delius Society

The annual masterclass and BASC, given and adjudicated by Dame Sarah Connolly, will take place as part of the London Song Festival.

The public masterclass takes place between 2-5 and 6-9pm. Dame Sarah will then select the winning duo, who will receive a cash prize sponsored by The Delius Society and offered a recital at next year’s London Song Festival.

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The Music of Frederick Delius: Style, Form and Ethos, by Prof. Jeremy Dibble

This new book examines Delius’s individual approaches to genre, form, harmony, orchestration and literary texts which gave the composer’s musical style such a unique voice. Boydell Press, June 2021 Delius Society members are eligible for a discount off the published price – details have been provided by email along with access to the Society’s June […]

16/09/2020 ‘Grainger and Delius – A Musical Friendship’ announced as Delius Society’s forthcoming digital event

Pianist Penelope Thwaites in conversation with musicologist and conductor, Paul Jackson. Recorded at Steinway Hall, London This event will be available to Delius Society members via the website over the May Bank Holiday weekend – details will be announced on the Events page.

02/05/2021 Anthony Payne (1936-2021)

We were saddened to learn of the death of Anthony Payne, celebrated composer and Vice President of the Delius Society, on 30 April 2021, just a month after his wife, Jane Manning, passed away. Best known for his completion of Elgar’s Third Symphony, his early works were inspired by Elgar, Delius and Vaughan Williams. He […]

Phoenix: a new recording from EM Records (EMR CD066)

English oboe and piano music featuring Nicola Hands and Jonathan Pease. This recording promotes new contemporary works and arrangements for oboe / cor anglais and piano (three World Première recordings feature here) alongside other gems of the repertoire. Sir Richard Rodney Bennett ‘Four Country Dances’ (2000) William Alwyn Sonata for oboe and piano (1934) […]