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.

Next Events


The Delius Society 2020 autumn event will be available to members online

'Percy Grainger – Visitor to Grez' (currently postponed due to Corona virus Tier 2 restrictions*)

Pianist, Penelope Thwaites, in conversation with conductor, pianist and musicologist, Paul Jackson.

With recorded music and live examples from the piano.

This event will be recorded for broadcast remotely, due to government restrictions and social distancing. Members will be able to access online via the website. Latest information will be posted here.

*STOP PRESS: Due to the introduction of Tier 2 restrictions in London, the filming of this event has been postponed until the venue can re-open safely.

Please note that the date showing is provided for the purposes of adding an entry only. The availability of the film will be posted in due course.

Latest News

World Premiere: missing movements from Delius’s first String Quartet – performed by the Villiers Quartet

TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities A live performance by the Villiers Quartet (Katie Stillman, Tamaki Higashi, Carmen Flores and Rebecca Knight) with Professor Daniel Grimley (Music) and Dr Joanna Bullivant (Music). Frederick Delius completed his first string quartet in 1889, but until recently only the two final movements of the work […]

28/04/2020 Delius As I Knew Him by Eric Fenby (revised edition)

This is a new edition of Eric Fenby’s famous book which has not been available in authorised form for some years. It is a memoir of the last six years of the composer’s life when Fenby, then a young organist from Scarborough, volunteered to live in Grez-sur-Loing to help the blind and partly paralysed Delius […]

15/03/2020 STOP PRESS: Thursday 7th May 2020 – The Delius Society AGM and Annual Lunch

Regretfully, in line with government guidelines on COVID-19, the Committee has taken the decision to postpone the AGM and Annual Lunch, scheduled for Thursday 7th May.  Members who have paid to attend will have their money refunded.  Members will be contacted when a new date for the AGM has been secured.