Founded in 2004, The Delius Prize was inaugurated with the purpose of introducing young musicians to the music of Delius. It was felt that the challenge of a prize competition held at a music academy would provide an encouragement to investigate this repertoire and to study it to a level suitable for public performance. This has proved to be the case, as well over 100 music students have entered the competition since its inception.
The Delius Prize is in two parts: a preliminary round, held in private at the music academy, and a public final. An eminent musician is invited to adjudicate the final event.
The Delius Prize 2024
ADJUDICATOR: STEPHEN THRELFALL
Open to pianists, string and voice duos, and vocal or chamber ensembles who are current students of the Royal Academy of Music, the Delius Prize 2024 was held in London in February.
Nine duos entered the competition, of whom four were selected by Jo Cole of the Royal Academy of Music for the final, which took place on Sunday 11 February. The Delius Society is enormously grateful to Stephen Threlfall for adjudicating the final.
Entrants were required to prepare a programme of their own choice, lasting not more than 20 minutes, with at least 10 minutes of that being a complete work or works by Delius. The programme could also include a work or works (part or whole) by other composers who were contemporaries of Delius (1862-1934).
The programme of the public competition was as follows:
Jayden Lamcellari cello
Milda Daunoraite piano
Vaughan Williams: 6 Studies in English Folk Song
Delius: Caprice and Elegy
Delius, arr Julian Lloyd Webber: Love’s Philosophy Song
Moeran: Prelude for Cello and Piano
Muriel Oberhofer violin
Julian Chan piano
Tchaikovsky, arr Auer: Lensky’s Aria from Eugene Onegin
SECOND PRIZE (£750)
Hannah Dienes-Williams soprano
Tammas Slater piano
Debussy: Chevaux de bois from Ariettes oubliées
Delius: Il pleure dans mon coeur
Delius: Le ciel est par-dessus le toit
Fauré: En Sourdine from 5 Mélodies
Delius: Avant que tu ne t’en ailles
Delius: Chanson d’automne
Delius: La lune blanche
Debussy: Fantoches from Fêtes galantes
Rachael Kwa violin
Andrew Zhao piano
Amy Beach: Romance, Op 23
Delius: Violin Sonata No 2
FIRST PRIZE (£1,500)
The annual Delius Prize competition was first held in 2004. The first five competitions took place at the Royal Academy of Music in London. The following five were held at the (former) Birmingham Conservatoire, apart from the 2012 event, which was national in scope and held as part of the Chetham’s School, Manchester, Delius Festival in October 2012. The Delius Prize competition returned to the Royal Academy from 2015 to 2018, moving to Birmingham in 2022.