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's online Annual General Meeting 2020

Members are invited to join the AGM, for the first time online via Zoom, due to Covid-19 restrictions. We particularly encourage those members from overseas to join proceedings. Full details of how to access the AGM are provided in your 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), will be giving a short recital which promises to provide a delightful interlude of contemplative and impressionistic pieces for cello and piano, not to be missed.

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The Delius Society 2020 autumn event - CURRENTLY POSTPONED

'Percy Grainger – Visitor to Grez' (currently postponed due to Corona virus Tier 2 restrictions*)

Pianist, Penelope Thwaites, in conversation with conductor, pianist and musicologist, Paul Jackson.

With recorded music and live examples from the piano.

This event will be recorded for broadcast remotely, due to government restrictions and social distancing. Members will be able to access online via the website. Latest information will be posted here.

*STOP PRESS: Due to the introduction of Tier 2 restrictions in London, the filming of this event has been postponed until the venue can re-open safely.

Please note that the date showing is provided for the purposes of adding an entry only. The availability of the film will be posted in due course.

Latest News

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 […]

28/04/2020 Delius As I Knew Him by Eric Fenby (revised edition)

This is a new edition of Eric Fenby’s famous book which has not been available in authorised form for some years. It is a memoir of the last six years of the composer’s life when Fenby, then a young organist from Scarborough, volunteered to live in Grez-sur-Loing to help the blind and partly paralysed Delius […]