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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Phoenix: a new recording from EM Records (EMR CD066)

English oboe and piano music featuring Nicola Hands and Jonathan Pease. This recording promotes new contemporary works and arrangements for oboe / cor anglais and piano (three World Première recordings feature here) alongside other gems of the repertoire. Sir Richard Rodney Bennett ‘Four Country Dances’ (2000) William Alwyn Sonata for oboe and piano (1934) […]

The Music of Frederick Delius: Style, Form and Ethos, by Prof. Jeremy Dibble

This forthcoming book examines Delius’s individual approaches to genre, form, harmony, orchestration and literary texts which gave the composer’s musical style such a unique voice. Boydell Press, June 2021 Available to pre-order from March

The Delius Society’s online Annual General Meeting 2020

Delius Society members are invited to join the AGM, via the Zoom platform at 15:00 on Sunday 29 November. Full details of how to access the AGM are provided in the Journal, together with the Agenda. Following the AGM and exclusively for members, we are delighted that the current Delius Society Prize-winners, Tom Pickles and Olivia Chew (pictured), […]

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 […]