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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Vice President Sir Mark Elder in conversation with Professor Raymond Holden

Details about the talk will be posted in due course


Latest News

‘Delius, Barbirolli and the Critics’ is the Delius Society’s autumn 2021 digital talk

The forthcoming Delius Society talk will feature Professor Raymond Holden on ‘Delius, Barbirolli and the Critics’. As soon as the available date has been confirmed for the film to go live, this will be announced on the Events page.

‘Margot la Rouge’ confirmed by Opera Holland Park

July 2022 (date tbc): Delius: Margot la Rouge / Puccini: Le Villi (double-bill)postponed from 2020 season (due to Covid-19) Supported by the Delius Trust Further information will be posted in due course

Live events return to the Delius Society

Vice President Sir Mark Elder will be the Society’s special guest as we open for our Autumn/Winter live events’ season. He will be in conversation with Professor Raymond Holden at the National Liberal Club on Monday 29 November 2021, see Events page for details. Visit the Membership page to join the Society and gain admittance […]

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

This new 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 Delius Society members are eligible for a discount off the published price – details have been provided by email along with access to the Society’s June […]