1929 Delius Festival Programme

Frederick Delius

1929 Delius Festival Programme

By Peter Warlock

In the autumn of 1929, Sir Thomas Beecham (assisted by Philip Heseltine/Peter Warlock) organized a monumental series of six concerts of the music of Frederick Delius. Four of the concerts presented Delius’ major orchestral and choral works, conducted by Beecham; the other two concerts featured chamber music and part-songs.

Frederick Delius, then aged 67 and infirm, travelled to London from France with his wife Jelka to attend the Festival concerts. He was able to hear his great works performed in the concert hall one last time. The Festival was a triumph, and Delius was acclaimed as a true genius of music.

Bill Thompson, on his website thompsonian.info, shared scanned images of the original programme created by Warlock.

These have been reconstructed to show the programme in its original form.

You can view the PDF file here.

Further information: thompsonian.info

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