‘A Heckelphone for Hereford’ – a delightful film in the company of Delius himself!

A Heckelphone for Hereford:

a glimpse into the character of the composer Frederick Delius

Devised and narrated by Stephen J D Williams


We are delighted to be making this film available for all to enjoy. Spend an entertaining 90 minutes or so in the company of Delius himself and others who play their part in this engaging film.

Delius was championed by the Three Choirs Festival and several times listened in live to the festival on his radio from France, but only attended the Music Meetings on one occasion, Hereford 1909, when he conducted a premiere of his Dance Rhapsody No 1, which required the unusual and mysterious bass oboe sound of a Heckelphone.

Stephen J D Williams tells the story of the negotiations leading up to Delius’ visit, the strong belief in his music by his friends, a few social strains — and two unexpected rescues, one by Elgar, and the other by two local lads… will Bishop Percival redeem himself? What will the audience make of a woman in the orchestra?

With cameo readings by Roderick Dunnett as Robin Legge, Chief Music Critic of the Daily Telegraph; Roger Thorn as Sir Thomas Beecham, and Paul Feldwick as Delius, the story comes to life.

Thanks to all who took part and especially to Stephen J D Williams.