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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Book your FREE ticket for the Delius Prize 2024

11 February 2024, 2:30 pmAngela Burgess Recital Hall, Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, London NW1 5HT FULL PROGRAMME ANNOUNCED ON THE EVENTS PAGE For piano, violin, viola, cello, voice, vocal or chamber ensemble.FIRST PRIZE: £1,500SECOND PRIZE: £750 Founded in 2004 by the generous sponsorship of the Delius Society, which exists to encourage interest in […]

Petite Suite d’Orchestre recorded by BBC Concert Orchestra

LA BELLE DAME (EMR CD085)World Première recordings of turn-of-the-century English Romanticism BBC Concert OrchestraJohn Andrews, conductorRoderick Williams, baritoneRupert Marshall-Luck, violinEAN 5 060263 500797 Roger QuilterThe Faithless Shepherdess Frederick DeliusPetite Suite d’Orchestre:Marche / Berceuse / Scherzo / Duo / Tema con Variazioni Gustav HolstOrnulf’s Drapa Norman O’NeillLa Belle Dame Sans Merci Cyril ScottThe Ballad of […]

‘Delius – My Hero’, by Howard Blake

Readers of BBC Music Magazine may have seen, in the December 2023 issue, a short piece entitled ‘My Hero by Howard Blake’, on the magic of Delius. Blake begins by talking about how the Royal Academy of Music in the late 1950s was ‘fairly stiff and starchy’ and not keen to explore new musical worlds. […]

‘Cuckoo’ features on Rutter album

‘On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring‘ has been included in a new album released in November 2023 by John Rutter on the Collegium label. Known the world over for his choral music, this is Rutter’s first orchestral album for several years. Classical Tranquillity comprises peaceful and relaxing classical music by a range of composers, […]