A very exciting project is the Delius-EMI website, ‘Delius – Apostle of Nature’ due to be launched in October, ahead of the launch of an 18xCD set of Delius recordings. This is very much on target and is being driven along by the wonderfully efficient Jon Tolansky (who will be talking to the Society about Beecham on 20th September).
For the Society, this will allow internet surfers to –
- view a comprehensive timeline on the life of Delius (thanks to a great deal of work by our Chairman and Lionel Carley)
- listen to recorded interviews with, for example, Lyndon Jenkins, Roger Buckley and Paul Guinery, covering many aspects of the life and music
- hear a travelogue of a visit to Grez by Jon Tolansky himself whose recent 4 CD Audio Documentary ‘Sir Thomas Beecham: The Great Communicator’ has received glowing reviews in The Gramophone and elsewhere.
- and listen to a large number of musical extracts
“In the latest edition of the Delius Society’s journal I have described the background and the content of the new website facility Frederick Delius – Apostle of Nature that has been jointly initiated in a pioneering partnership between the Society and EMI Classics. It has been both a formidable challenge and an inspirational experience to put this window on the world of Delius together with some of the most outstanding and compelling musical experts I have worked with in a quarter of a century of documentary production. My heartfelt thanks and appreciation go out to Roger Buckley, Paul Guinery, Lyndon Jenkins and Martin Lee-Browne, as well as those specially committed advocates who have enabled the project to come about through their devoted energies: Michael Green of the Delius Society, Albert Hogan and Azhar Malik of EMI Classics, Allan Ramsay of Abbey Road Studios, and Harry Robson of White Label Productions. Worldwide music lovers and students of music owe them all a great debt of gratitude.”