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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The Delius Society autumn event

'Percy Grainger – Visitor to Grez'

Pianist Penelope Thwaites in conversation with Stephen Lloyd.

With recorded music and live examples from the piano.

Latest News

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.

08/03/2020 STOP PRESS: Postponement of Delius Society event with Jack Sullivan on 17th March

In view of the anticipated diminished attendance for the Society’s event on 17th March, due to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), and the fact that the speaker was to have travelled from America, the Committee has taken the difficult  decision to postpone the event until later in the year. We will advise on a new […]

25/03/2020 Margot la Rouge at Holland Park Opera – production and season cancelled

As a consequence of the UK government’s advice relating to the Covid-19 outbreak, Opera Holland Park is extremely sorry to inform you that the 2020 season scheduled to take place between June and August in our theatre in Holland Park will now not take place. 21st, 23rd, 25th, 29th and 31st July 2020 – all […]

25/03/2020 Pianist Penelope Thwaites will be the special guest at the Delius Society’s 2020 autumn event: ‘Percy Grainger – visitor to Grez’, in conversation with Stephen Lloyd.

Planned date is Tuesday 29 September 2020. More details will be posted in due course. Subject to CoronaVirus, we will aim to keep this event on track but please check the Events page for latest information.