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 Musical Commissions Concert, 2022 AGM and Annual Lunch

Members, please keep the date free. The concert will be open to non-members. Further information to follow

Latest News

29/12/2022 Lionel Carley

We are very sorry to announce that Lionel Carley, President of The Delius Society since 2005, passed away just before midnight on Tuesday 28th December.  His heart had troubled him for some months and he had lately been treated as an in-patient at Cheltenham General Hospital. In addition to his Presidency of the Society, of […]

‘Margot la Rouge’ confirmed by Opera Holland Park for 2022 season

Margot la Rouge / Le Villi21, 23, 27 and 29 July and 2, 4 and 6 August at 7.30pm Discovery Matinee on 31 July at 2pm Postponed from 2020 season (due to Covid-19) Supported by the Delius Trust Further information will be posted on our Events page.

Delius Society Autumn 2021 digital event is: ‘Delius, Barbirolli and the Critics’

with Professor Raymond Holden AMEmeritus Professor of Music, Royal Academy of Music, London Filmed at The Royal Academy of Music, London A transcendental and charismatic artist, Sir John Barbirolli did much to shape the performance environment of his age. Having famously saved Manchester’s Hallé Orchestra from near extinction during the darkest days of the Second […]

Nicholas Daniel records Two Interludes as part of ‘British Oboe Quintets’ for Chandos

British Oboe Quintets CHAN 20226 September 2021 BaxQuintet for Oboe and String Quartet FinziInterlude for Oboe and String Quartet Vaughan WilliamsSix Studies in English Folksong for Cello and PianoArranged c.1983 for Cor anglais and String Quartet by Robert Stanton BlissQuintet for Oboe and String Quartet DeliusTwo Interludes from ‘Fennimore and Gerda’Arranged 1977 for Oboe and […]