Newsletters 1961-1969

(un-numbered Circulars and Newsletters dating from 1961 to 1963, and Newsletters 1-25 1964-1969)

Newsletter 25 – Autumn 1969

Editor: John White

Fennimore and Gerda – a postscript by Christopher Redwood, Three critical reactions to Fennimore and Gerda, and an alternative assessment by John Hall.

Newsletter 24 – Summer 1969

Editor: John White

Issue devoted entirely to the Delius Society’s first publication – the Delius discography, put together by Stuart Upton and Malcolm Walker.

Newsletter 23 – May 1969

Editor: John White

Issue devoted entirely to an article on the Delius Trust manuscripts by Rachel Lowe, first printed in Brio, the journal of the International Association of Music Libraries.

Newsletter 22 – February 1969

Editor: John White

A note on Delius manuscripts in the USA by Robert Threlfall, Look back in envy (2) by D Marblacy Jones, Midland Branch Newsletter by Peter Thorp, and The Requiem and the Idyll by Lyndon Jenkins.

Newsletter 21 – November 1968

Editor: John White

Hassan at the Scala Theatre by John East, Delius letters at Sotheby’s by C R Cook, Look back in envy by D Marblacy Jones, Miscellany and Concert notices.

Newsletter 20 – July 1968

Editor: John White

Reports of the AGM and Dinner, the Delius Society Chamber Concert, Mr Britten – his festival and Mr Delius, Midlands Branch Newsletter, and a piece on the Violin Concerto (authors of individual articles not given).

Newsletter 19 – March 1968

Editor: Editor: John White

Delius and Existential Criticism by John White, Delius – a great composer by John White, a piece on the Piano Concerto citing correspondence between D Marblacy Jones and Delius, and Miscellany.

Newsletter 18 – October 1967

Editor: John White

The Meditation of old times resumed by John White, and unattributed pieces on The Delius Scores, An Arabesque and Songs of Sunset, Midlands Branch Report, and the Questionnaire concluded.

Newsletter 17 – July 1967

Editor: John White

A Mass of Life in New York, The Operas of Delius – report of a talk given by Christopher Redwood, Review of a recording of the Double Concerto by Lyndon Jenkins, a piece on Beecham reissues, and the Midlands Branch Newsletter by Richard Kitching.

Newsletter 16 – April 1967

Editor: John White

Delius – a great composer by John White, Listening to Delius by Julian Bell, Analysis of Questionnaire Responses Part 3, and a list of new members.

Newsletter 15 – December 1966

Editor: John White

New Bottles for New Wine – the Piano Concerto, Double Concerto, Violin Concerto, and Cello Concerto by John White, Analysis of Questionnaire Responses Part 2, and a list of new members including Christopher Redwood.

Newsletter 14 – August 1966

Editor: John White

Friend of Delius – a talk to the Society by Eric Fenby, Society boxes at the Proms performance of A Mass of Life, Neitzsche’s Also Sprach Zarathustra, Reports of the AGM and the Cheltenham Festival performance of Appalachia, and further correspondence with Yorkshire Opera (see NL12),

Newsletter 13 – June 1966

Editor: John White

Forthcoming Events including the first performance of A Mass of Life at the BBC Proms and a concert to celebrate Eric Fenby’s 60th birthday, Review of several books on Delius, and Delius in the Daily Telegraph.

Newsletter 12 – May 1966

Editor: John White

Reports of a performance of A Mass of Life, Analysis of Questionnaire responses Part 1, Midlands Branch Newsletter, Recent Broadcasts, Recording of the Double Concerto, a long list of new members, News of Fennimore and Gerda to be staged by Yorkshire Opera, and a financial statement of the Society’s account to 31 March 1966.

Newsletter 11 – February 1966

Editor: John White

First newsletter edited by John White, distributed with a questionnaire to members designed to find out what they wanted from the Society.  Phoenix from the Flames – reviews of a performance of the Requiem in Liverpool, Report on the Jacksonville Delius Festival 1966 (attended by Mr and Mrs Fenby), Report of the inaugural meeting of the Delius Society of South Africa, Midlands Branch Newsletter, and Future events including a forthcoming performance of A Mass of Life.

Newsletter 10 – November 1965

Editor: Charles Barnard

Report on Alec Robertson’s talk about Summer Night on the River, further campaigning by John White on the lack of English music, and particularly Delius, in the BBC Proms, Report by Estelle Palmley on the Requiem in Liverpool, Account by Roger Buckley of his return visit to Grez-sur-Loing, and a list of new members including Stephen Lloyd.

Newsletter 9 – August 1965

Editor: Charles Barnard

Report of a visit to Delius’s grave at Limpsfield, News about a forthcoming performance of the Double Concerto played by Raymond Cohen and Gerald Warburg with the RPO conducted by Norman del Mar, Comments on the lack of Delius at the Proms by Neville Cardus and Rodney Meadows, Bax & Delius violin sonatas on record by Henry Holst and Frank Merick, the Requiem to be performed in Liverool, Midland Branch Reports, and a two-page letter from Rachel Lowe Dugmore about the Delius letters in the Delius Trus

Newsletter 8 – May 1965

Editor: Charles Barnard

Reports of the Delius Festival in Jacksonville, Review of ‘Introduction to Contemporary Music’ (with its six pages on Delius) by Roland Gibson, Reports of a talk to be broadcast by Eric Fenby and of Stanford Robinson being made a Vice President, Portrait of Sir John Barbirolli, and the Royal Academy Summer Exibition including Gunn’s portrait of Delius.

Newsletter 7 – February 1965

Editor: Charles Barnard

Report of the sale at Sotheby’s of letters and cards from Delius to Heseltine, Members’ evening with a recital by Robert Threlfall and others, and a Report of the Midlands Branch.

Newsletter 6 – December 1964

Editor: Charles Barnard

Notes on A Mass of Life performed by Sargent and the Royal Choral Society, Responses from Silvestri (Bournemouth SO) and John Charles (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic) on performing the works of Delius, recent broadcasts and a list of new members.

Newsletter 5 – October 1964

Editor: Charles Barnard

Report of the visit of Hugh Alderman (see NL4), Lecture by Stanford Robinson to the Society, List of new members, and Midlands Branch Report by Jerry Rowe.

Newsletter 4 – July 1964

Editor: Charles Barnard

The first newsletter to be numbered.  Visit to the Society of Hugh Alderman, President of the Delius Association of Florida, a note that Delius is represented in the BBC Proms by one work only – Sea Drift (and the wish that works other than Sea Drift might be programmed in the future), Report of an English song broadcast by Peter Pears, and notes on recordings of A Village Romeo and Juliet and Fennimore and Gerda

Newsletter 3 – May 1964

Editor: Charles Barnard

Delius and the twentieth century by Dr Gibson, the first Midlands Branch Report (of its inaugural meeting), by Richard Kitching, a list of new members including Roger Buckley, and a statement of the Society’s accounts for the year 1963-64.

Newsletter 2 – March 1964

Editor: Charles Barnard

A visit to Grez by John Rippin, unattributed poem entitled ‘Delius’ from the magazine Milo edited by Philip Heseltine, a plea for donations to the Society, a list of new members including Robert Threlfall, and various miscellany.

Newsletter 1 – January 1964

Editor: Charles Barnard

The first newsletter to have a named editor.  Report of the Society’s first live recital at Leighton House with Wilfred Brown (tenor), Sheila Nelson (violin) and Gordon Stewart (piano) featuring 10 songs and violin sonatas 1 & 3; Derby Delian goes to town by Richard Kitching (which includes the offer to form a Midlands Branch of the Society), Recordings, and a list of new members.

Newsletter – December 1963

Editor: Written by: Hon Treasurer, Miss A Todd, signed by Chairman David Simmons

New of the Society’s first live concert on January 4th 1964, Information from Eric Fenby about scores and other matters, Reports of letters from various members, and ‘English Naturalist’ by Denis Vaughan (assistant to Beecham) reproduced from Opera News.

Newsletter – October 1963

Editor: Written by: Hon Treasurer, Miss A Todd, signed by Chairman David Simmons

Letters from various members, and brief pen-portraits of the committee: Ann Todd, Rodney Meadows, Charles Barnard, Betty Ruffle, Roland Gibson, and David Simons by the new Secretary, Estelle Palmley.

Newsletter – September 1963

Editor: Written by: Hon Treasurer, Miss A Todd, signed by Chairman David Simmons

Information on various current activities, A description of a visit to Grez, and Eric Fenby attends the unveiling of a memorial to Delius in Bradford.

Newsletter – August 1963

Editor: Written by: Hon Treasurer, Miss A Todd, signed by Chairman David Simmons (the Hon Sec Betty Ruffle had retired following a car accident)

Information on events related to Delius including a planned Delius chamber concert, and Delius, Sunset and Autumn by Roland Gibson.

Newsletter – June 1963

Editor: Written by: Hon Secretary, Betty Ruffle, signed by Chairman David Simmons

A range of contemporary snippets on reviews and performances of Delius and other aspects, including requests to Sir Malcolm Sargent to record The Songs of Farewell and to Derycke Cook to write a book on Delius, Estelle Palmley writing on Cynara and other concert items, and a Review of Songs of Sunset LP (Beecham, Forrester, Cameron) by Lyndon Jenkins.

Newsletter – May 1963

Editor: Written by: Hon Secretary, Betty Ruffle, signed by Chairman David Simmons

Report on the Society’s first Annual General Meeting, and a report on a Lecture on Delius: Man & Nature given by Wilfred Mellers, by R O Wright.

Newsletter – April 1963

Editor: Written by: Hon Secretary, Betty Ruffle, signed by Chairman David Simmons

Review of an LP of Music by Delius conducted by Ormandy, by Charles Barnard, and details of events including a proposed Society trip to Grez.

Newsletter – March 1963

Editor: Written by: Hon Secretary, Betty Ruffle, signed by Chairman David Simmons

Some Reflections on the Bradford Festival by Rodney Meadows, and a brief look at how the critics reacted to a performance of A Mass of Life at the Royal Albert Hall.

Newsletter – December 1962

Editor: Written by: David Simmons, Chairman

Letter from Chairman David Simmons, with news of Eric Fenby and concessions for a forthcoming performance of A Mass of Life.

Newsletter – October 1962

Editor: Written by: Hon Secretary, Betty Ruffle

News of concerts and other snippets of information.

Newsletter – July 1962

Editor: Written by: Hon Secretary, Betty Ruffle, signed by the new Chairman David Simmons

News of concerts, articles and recordings.

Progress report – May 1962

Editor: Written by: Roland Gibson, founder of the Delius Society

Three-page letter which talks about the drafting of Society Rules, the role of the BBC in the anniversary year, performances of Delius and festivals in London (Delius Trust) and Jacksonville, and the need for a book on Delius.

Undated Handwritten Circular

Editor: From: Roland Gibson

Roland Gibson invited members to write to the Editor of Gramophone, particularly to ask what is being done about new issues of Delius recordings in the centenary year, and mentioning the formation of the Delius Society.

Report of the Inaugural Meeting - April 1962

Editor: Written by: Roland Gibson

Report of the Society’s inaugural meeting on 14 April 1962 at Lancaster Hall, including the formation of a committee, and the news that Eric Fenby had agreed to be the Society’s President, and Sir John Barbirolli a Vice President.  List of the Society’s first 69 members including Lyndon Jenkins and John White.

Personal Letter – April 1962

Editor: From: Roland Gibson

Letter from Roland Gibson to Society member, Mr Slater, written after the inaugural meeting had taken place.

Handwritten Circular – March or April 1962

Editor: Written by: Roland Gibson

Undated letter announcing the inaugural meeting of the Delius Society on 14 April, probably written following the 1962 Delius Festival (March 29 – April 7).

Personal Letter - March 1962

Editor: From: Roland Gibson

Letter from Roland Gibson to Mr Slater, including details of the formation of the Delius Society to date.

Handwritten Circular - March 1962

Editor: Written by: Roland Gibson

News of the inaugural meeting to be held on 14 April 1962, and information on various Delius performances.

Handwritten Circular - February 1962

Editor: Written by: Roland Gibson

News that Mr Tabelin has left hospital and that David Simmons will take over, and five pages of information about broadcasts, concerts, LPs, newspaper articles, papers and books on Delius.

Handwritten Circular – 24 January 1962

Editor: Written by: Roland Gibson

A handwritten circular reporting that Mr Tabelin was ill and that there had been operational difficulties, offering a refund and suggesting that all subscriptions collected so far begin from January 1st 1962.

Handwritten Circular – January 1962

Editor: Written by: Roland Gibson

A handwritten letter reply sent to those who replied to Roland Gibson’s advertisements about the formation of a Delius Society.

Handwritten Circular – August 1961

Editor: Written by: Roland Gibson

A handwritten letter in which Dr Gibson explains that a proposed October concert will not take place and that Mr Alan Tabelin has taken over as secretary.

Invitation to join the Delius Society of Great Britain

Editor: Written by: Roland Gibson

A typed one-page invitation to join the Delius Society, with a tear-off strip for replies.  The invitation mentions 150 responses to the suggestion that a Society be formed, and invites subscriptions at one guinea per annum.

How the Delius Society began

Editor: Written by: Rodney Meadows

Reminiscences by Rodney Meadows, written in 1990.