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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Collected Songs for Voice and String Quartet (SOMMCD 0654)

Delius (first recordings):I-Brasil (arr. Roderick Williams)Twilight Fancies (arr. Roderick Williams)Young Veneviil (arr. Roderick Williams) Peter Warlock:ChopcherryCorpus ChristiThe Faireset MayMourn no moeA Sad SongMy gostly faderMy Lady is a pretty oneMy little sweet darlingSleepSorrow’s LullabyTake, O take those lips away Samuel Barber:Dover BeachSleep nowSure on this shining night Sally Beamish:Tree Carols –The Miracle TreeThe Trees are […]

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 […]