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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. Continue reading

Composer, Lover, Enigma

Delius by Rothenstein

Frederick Delius, by William Rothenstein (1919)

On Friday 25th May the BBC will air a new documentary on the life of the influential composer, and key Edwardian cultural figure, Frederick Delius (1862-1934). This boldly titled programme – Frederick Delius: Composer, Lover, Enigma – aims to explore the ‘multiple contradictions of his colourful life’, not least the contentious issue of his British identity.

The programme also forms part of a wider celebration of Delius’s life and work, marking 150 years since his birth in Bradford. For a comprehensive list of events, including live performances of Delius’s work, please see the Delius Society website.