World Premiere: missing movements from Delius’s first String Quartet – performed by the Villiers Quartet

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A live performance by the Villiers Quartet (Katie Stillman, Tamaki Higashi, Carmen Flores and Rebecca Knight) with Professor Daniel Grimley (Music) and Dr Joanna Bullivant (Music).

Frederick Delius completed his first string quartet in 1889, but until recently only the two final movements of the work were known to have survived. Last year, the two missing movements appeared for sale at auction and were purchased by the Delius Trust. Professor Daniel Grimley helped to identify the source, and has since prepared the first edition of the missing movements. The complete work is now receiving its world premiere at the University of Oxford, performed by the Villiers Quartet. Grimley and the Villiers have previously collaborated on the reconstruction of the original version of ‘Late Swallows’ from Delius’s second String Quartet (1916), which led to a critically acclaimed recording on Naxos. Grimley will introduce and explain the significance of this latest discovery, and the performance will be followed by an audience Q&A (via YouTube chat) chaired by Dr Joanna Bullivant (Music Faculty).