Sunday 27 November, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
The Delius Society has announced the launch of ClubDelius; a FREE membership scheme aimed at those under 30, with the purpose of introducing younger listeners to the music of composer, Frederick Delius.
The scheme, which also provides access to a number of benefits including free gifts and special offers, will be launched at this year’s DELIUS PERFORMANCE PRIZE, hosted by the Delius Society, adjudicator Sir Mark Elder, and open to the public at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire on Sunday 27 November from 2.30pm.
Conductor and Delius Society President, Sir Mark Elder, said: “I am very happy that the Delius Society is launching ClubDelius. Delius’ music ideally needs both time and opportunity before it can find its way into our hearts! But it is so romantic and poetic in ways that few other British composers are.”
Commitment to younger listeners and performers
Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, The Delius Society has been a committed advocate in support of younger listeners and performers. One of the group’s most successful enterprises being The Delius Prize, which invites music students to present a 20-minute programme of music by Delius and his contemporaries.
Delius Society membership benefits
The Delius Society is one of the most active of composer groups, offering members online events as well as Journals and Newsletters containing specially commissioned features, concert listings, reviews of books and recordings, special offers, a comprehensive website and an online presence on social media.
Incorporating the new scheme under its umbrella membership, ClubDelius will play an important role in the provision of information, education and interactive communications with younger members, encouraging participation at no financial cost.
Reaching out to new members
A marketing campaign has been devised to reach out to potential new members and will include an eye-catching digital poster to raise awareness of the scheme at music colleges. The Delius Society plans to work with a number of educational organisations in order to broaden the scope of the project and it is the intention that a young ambassador can also be recruited to reach out to fellow peers. Finally, a range of branded promotional items, including insulated bottles and propelling pencils with the eye-catching ClubDelius logo, will be available free on joining.
Exciting future plans to include City of Culture
Future plans for the scheme include collaborative events at music Colleges, to include a dedicated Delius Workshop or Masterclass hosted by an internationally renowned performer. In Bradford, the city of Delius’s birth, and now UK City of Culture in 2025, a number of ClubDelius initiatives are planned.