‘Delius: Composer, Lover, Enigma’: a new film by John Bridcut

A major new film on Delius by the award-winning film maker John Bridcut is to be televised on BBC4 on Friday 25th May at 7.30pm.

Using evidence from his friend, the Australian composer Percy Grainger, who reported that Delius “practised immorality with puritanical stubbornness”, this film by John Bridcut explores the multiple contradictions of the composer’s colourful life. Delius has long been renowned for his depiction of the natural environment, yet his music is usually steeped in the sensuality and eroticism that he himself experienced. This feature-length documentary features specially-filmed performances by the widely-acclaimed Danish interpreters of Delius, the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bo Holten, as well as the chamber choir, Schola Cantorum of Oxford, and the violinist Philippe Graffin.