Celebrating Delius

The following event may be of interest to Edwardian scholars:

2012 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of the composer Frederick Delius. This weekend symposium, organised by The Delius Society in partnership with the British Library, focuses on the life and work of the composer and highlights why we should celebrate his many achievements.

With a packed programme comprising talks, a round-table discussion, live music and a showing on the large screen of the recent BBC4 John Bridcut film ‘Delius: Composer, Lover, Enigma’ on Sunday, the weekend will also give an opportunity for delegates to speak with renowned experts in the field.

Speakers on Saturday include Dr Lionel Carley (Delius scholar). Live music will include a recital by Paul Guinery (pianist and BBC Radio 3 broadcaster), song and violin recitals by the winners of the 2011 Delius Performance Prize Competition, Natalie Hyde and Dominika Fehér, and a UK first performance of the winning entry of the 2012 Delius International Composition Prize Competition, composed by Michael Djupstrom.

Tickets are £20 per day but each day has to be booked separately. The price includes tea, coffee and a sandwich lunch and also a wine reception on Saturday.

Programme for the weekend:
Saturday 22nd  September

Arrival and registration from 10.00am
(Piazza open from 9.30am)
10.30am Welcome: Martin Lee-Browne, Chairman, The Delius Society and Roger  Buckley, Event Organiser
Lecture 1:  Realism and Romanticism  in the fin-de-siècle
Prof. Tim Blanning, Emeritus Professor of Modern  European History, University of Cambridge
Lecture 2: Delius Today: Publication, Performance, Recording and Research
Dr. Lionel Carley, President, The Delius
Society;  Archivist, the Delius Trust
Lecture 3: The Delius Manuscripts  in the British Library
Dr. Richard  Chesser, Head of Music, British Library
1.00pm Lunch
Lecture 4: Illustrated at the  Piano: Unravelling Delius’s Harmony
Paul Guinery, Pianist and Broadcaster
Lecture 5: Delius, Jebe and Jacobsen
Prof. John Bergsagel, Emeritus Professor of Music, University of Copenhagen
Lecture 6: Delius and the Setting of Language
Dr. Nora Sirbaugh, Professor of Music,
College of New Jersey, USA
Panel  discussion
(Chairman and panel to be confirmed)
Recital by 2011 Delius Prize  Winners
Dominika Fehér, violin Natalie  Hyde, soprano Robert  Markham,  piano
6.15pm Reception: wine and canapés

Sunday  23rd  September
Arrival and registration from 10.00am
(Piazza open from 9.30am)
Lecture 7: Delius’s Liebestod: The Final Tableau of A Village Romeo and Juliet
Prof. Jeremy Dibble, Deputy Head of Department of Music, University of Durham
Lecture 8: How I Prefer Delius to be Conducted and a Little About What Can Go Wrong
Bo Holten, Conductor and Composer
Composition Prize Winner’s recital introduced by Anthony Payne, Composer
Lecture 9: Delius and France: a Contemporary  French View
Dr. Jérôme Rossi, Composer and Writer; Lecturer,
University of Nantes
Lecture 10: To Frederick with Affection: A Jazz Musician’s View of Delius
Digby Fairweather, Jazz Trumpeter and Composer
1.30pm Lunch
Showing  of John Bridcut’s BBC4 film Delius: Composer, Lover, Enigma with introduction  by John Bridcut and followed by a question and answer session.

More information can be found here.

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