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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Tuesday 17th March 2020, 7:15pm - 9:15pm

How American Culture Changed European Music - Jack Sullivan, Professor of English at Rider University, New Jersey, picks up threads from his book 'New World Symphonies'.

Photograph - Jack Sullivan

Jack Sullivan is professor of English and chair of American Studies at Rider University. He is the editor of The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural and Words on Music: From Addison to Barzun and the author of Elegant Nightmares: The English Ghost Story from Le Fanu to Blackwood. He has also written on Alfred Hitchcock.

"Congenial, lively, and informative, Jack Sullivan's New World Symphonies explores how serious European composers, from Dvorak and Delius to Britten and Tippett, have drawn inspiration from America's indigenous musical culture."  Morris Dickstein, City University of New York

"An engaging look at the influence of American literature, spirituals, jazz, and other forms in works by Britten, Coleridge-Taylor, Debussy, Delius, Hindemith, Ravel, Stravinsky, Varese, Weill, and numerous other British and Continental composers." Nina C. Ayoub, Chronicle of Higher Education

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Thursday 7th May 2020 from 12.30pm

The Delius Society AGM, Annual Lunch, and Concert

Gather at lunch venue (The Antelope, 22-24 Eaton Terrace, London SW1W 8EZ)
Pre-lunch drinks at the bar if required, at own expense

Annual Lunch
We have booked the private room on the first floor. Please note that there are 18 stairs to the first floor; there is no lift

Leave lunch venue, walk to Cadogan Hall (about four minutes), tea and coffee on arrival

AGM in the Caversham Room

Talk (speaker and subject to be announced)

Drinks and snacks at the bar if required, at own expense; otherwise time to stroll around the area

RPO concert 'English Idylls' begins in Cadogan Hall

Vaughan Williams: Overture, The Wasps
Delius: Piano Concerto
Butterworth: The Banks of Green Willow
Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme for Orchestra, Enigma, Op. 36

Mark Bebbington, piano
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Christoph Altstaedt, conductor

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