Frederick Delius: Life and times in Bradford

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Chronology

Homage To Delius

 

 

Chronology: 1925-2006


1925

Frustration at inability to set down thoughts. Jelka's efforts unsatisfactory

Jelka Rosen
Jelka Rosen

1927

Health very poor. Many compositions performed all over Europe

1928

Eric Fenby arrives in Grez and becomes Delius's amanuensis, noting down music as Delius dictates

1932

Companion of Honour. Beecham organises Delius Festival in London. Delius attends although very frail.
Delius is given the Freedom of the City of Bradford but is too ill to travel to the city of his birth. Lord Mayor travels to Grez for presentation. The former family home in Claremont is put up for sale by its owner, Eric Busby. There are calls in Bradford for the council to buy the house and create a Delius Memorial House. The money is not forthcoming

1934

Eric Fenby returns to Grez to nurse Delius. Jelka too ill to cope alone. Frederick Delius dies June 10th

1935

Jelka Delius dies. Frederick and Jelka are buried in Limpsfield, Surrey

1962

Delius Centenary Festival, Bradford. Claremont thought to be in the path of a proposed new ring road. The road has never been built but the Wedgewood Hotel, as the house had become, is demolished

1963

Delius Memorial Avenue of poplar trees in Horton Park

1985

Commemorative plaque fixed to 6, Claremont, birthplace of Delius

1993

Sculpture, 'Homage To Delius', by Amber Hiscott is unveiled in the new Exchange Square in Bradford

1997

Death of Eric Fenby

1998

Grand piano from Delius home in Claremont is purchased for the city and displayed at Bolling Hall Museum

2006

'Delius Inspired' Festival in Bradford, directed by Tasmin Little, as part of the 'Illuminate' programme of exhibitions, concerts, events and activities