Delius Inspired, July 2006

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A whole week of Delius Inspired music in Bradford, with daily concerts in the St George’s Hall where Delius himself heard Sea Drift in 1921.

We (Sue and David) stayed in the Bradford Hilton, stepping from the front door and turning left to see the Hall where most of the concerts will take place.

The whole concert is Delius Inspired.
Tasmin Little declares the Festival open at a party for the Delius Society.

Lyndon Jenkins tells the story of the life and music of Delius.

Tasmin Little takes her bows after playing the Delius Violin Concerto with Rumon Gamba and the BBC Philharmonic.

A tremendous performance of Sea Drift with baritone James Rutherford, Rumon Gamba, the BBC Philharmonic with the Leeds Festival Chorus and the Sheffield Festival Chorus shown here on the stage and on either side in the front circle.

The following day (Sunday) the Delius Society Committee lead the Annual General Meeting.

An original painting of Jelka Delius was on show.

A concert every day: Indian music Sunday, songs by Delius and others on Monday sung by Yvonne Kenny and Tuesday Delius sonatas 1 & 3 and others played by Tasmin Little and Martin Roscoe.

Out on the misty moors on Wednesday over to Holmfirth and Last of the Summer Wine country.

Sue outside Nora Batty’s house.

pointing at Nora’s mangle.

... and round to Sid’s Cafe, ...

... for a cup of tea.

Back for a wonderful evening viewing two films about Fenby ...

... including the masterpiece produced by Ken Russell.

A glorious lunch-time concert in the Cathedral with the Menuhin Junior Orchestra aged up to 14.

... including the one to watch for the future! (10 years and 1 day old).

An evening recital with Julian Lloyd Webber.

Evening twilight over Bradford Town Hall.

Ilkley Moor from Cow and Calf Rocks.

On Ilkley Moor wi’ t’hat.

Friday – another orchestral concert with the BBC Philharmonic conductor David Atherton, playing Grainger, Warlock, Delius Double Concerto and Hassan and the Elgar Enigma variations.
Saturday involved three events: The Bradford Choral Society singing in the Cathedral, sadly below par, then a wonderful lecture on Delius and his Champion Sir Thomas Beecham given by Lyndon Jenkins, and then the final concert by Tasmin Little and Wayne Marshall which ended with encores of I Got Rhythm and Begin the Beguine!

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