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 fatherR

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The Delius Prize 2024

For piano, violin, viola, cello, voice, vocal or chamber ensemble.

Founded in 2004 by the generous sponsorship of the Delius Society, which exists to encourage interest in the life and works of Delius. This Competition is open to all current students of the Royal Academy of Music. Where piano accompanists form part of a duo, they must be current students or have graduated from the Academy not more than two years previously.

Students taking part must prepare a programme lasting no more than 20 minutes. At least 10 minutes of music must be by Delius, and should be a complete work or works. The programme may also include a work or works (part or whole) by other composers who were contemporaries of Delius (1862-1934).

Adjudicator: Stephen Threlfall

The Competition Final is open to the public to attend and has been announced on the Royal Academy of Music's website:

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