7.30 pm Wednesday 21 February 2018
Town Hall, King’s Lynn
FREDERICK DELIUS - HIS LIFE AND MUSIC
An illustrated talk by Michael Green
Against all the odds, Frederick Delius became a composer! With a variety of musical
examples, Michael will talk about the early struggles, travel and friendships and
the long years living in France. We will consider some of the characteristics of
this very individual composer and will be invited to contemplate his 'Englishness'
and his legacy.
Michael Green spent most of his working life in the world of computers but after
directing an Arts Festival in Staffordshire, ended his career with ten years at the
Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre, home of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, as Development
He is a past Vice Chairman of the Delius Society and a longstanding member who has
given numerous talks and contributed to the Society Journal. In 2012 he headed up
a small team committed to promoting and celebrating the 150th anniversary of Delius's
birth with many new recordings, a feature film, a new biography, seven Proms performances,
and a Study weekend at the British Library.
As a member of a number of other music societies representing, for example, Holst,
Gurney and Finzi, Michael has a particular interest in British composers in the context
of international musical developments over the late 19th and 20th centuries.
Michael has a number of talks planned for the early part of 2018 including an audio/visual
presentation 'Birds and their Gift of Music' for the Cromer Music Society and Norfolk
Wildlife Trust, 'Jazz meets the Classics' for the NNU3A Jazz Group, 'The influence
of Folk Music on Composers' and 'Music and Letters' for narrator and three readers.
Michael lives with his wife, a keen photographer, in Sheringham and, apart from music,
enjoys family visits, cricket & tennis on TV, cooking and walking.