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"percussion from Delia Stevens, whose thoughtful, insistent playing is crucial”
"first-rate musicians..exhilarating..there deserves to be a special mention for percussionist Delia Stevens"
Delia Stevens’ versatility as a percussionist has allowed her to appear as a soloist, chamber, session and orchestral musician on platforms around the world.
As a soloist Delia reached the televised Category Finals of BBC Young Musician of the Year, subsequently going onto win the RNCM Concerto and Gold Medal Competitions and making her Wigmore Hall debut. Since performing the work in the Krakow Last Night of the Proms in 2016, Delia toured Avner Dorman’s percussion concerto “Frozen in Time” across Germany with the Neue Lausitzer Philharmonie in 2019.
She co-founded the Aurora Percussion Duo and the world music collective Kabantu, both of which won the coveted Royal Over-Seas League Competition and have given TED-Talks and broadcast multiple times on BBC Radio 3. Performance highlights include the BBC Proms, BBC Free Thinking Festival and Cambridge Folk Festival and venues such as the Bridgewater Hall, Sage Gateshead, Cadogan Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall (Southbank Centre) and St Martin-in-the-Fields . The Aurora Percussion Duo have enjoyed multiple tours of China’s biggest concert halls having just returned from a 13-date tour this August including Beijing's Forbidden City Concert Hall and National Centre for the Performing Arts; 2020 saw them feature as the headline artists at the RNCM Day of Percussion and 2021 sees them tour Australia. In 2019 Kabantu enjoyed collaborations with Sinfonia Cymru, the BBC Singers and a tour of Switzerland; 2020 highlights sees them collaborate with the Manchester Camerata and perform at the coveted Shrewsbury Folk Festival.
Delia also enjoys the challenge of performing in contemporary classical ensembles including The London Sinfonietta, Almost Credible Music, Dark Inventions and House of Bedlam, performing at the likes of Café Oto (London), Spor Festival (Denmark) and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.
She has collaborated with pop artists including indie-band Daughter, Rae Morris, James, Gaz Coombes (Supergrass), New Order, Beth Orton, Temples, Tim Burgess (The Charlatans), The Dutch Uncles and Cathal Mo Chroi (Chas Smash) from ‘Madness’ within the Joe Duddell Ensemble, performing at Festival No. 6 and Somerset House.
Delia works regularly as an Extra with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and is a percussion tutor for the National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain. She has also performed with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Sinfonia Cymru and was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
Delia is currently the Senior Classical Percussion and Timpani Lecturer at the Leeds Conservatoire and also lectures on the Reflective Practice module.
She is a proud trustee of the Olympias Music Foundation who work hard to champion diversity in music making in Manchester.