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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 on to 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, 2019 sees Delia tour Avner Dorman’s percussion concerto “Frozen in Time” across Germany.
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 on BBC Radio 3. Performance highlights include the BBC Proms, BBC Free Thinking Festival and Cambridge Folk Festival. The Aurora Percussion Duo have enjoyed multiple tours of China’s biggest concert halls having just returned from a 13-date tour this August and 2019 sees Kabantu collaborate with Manchester Camerata, Sinfonia Cymru, the BBC Singers and tour Switzerland.
Delia also enjoys the challenge of performing in contemporary classical ensembles including The London Sinfonietta, Almost Credible Music, Dark Inventions and House of Bedlam.
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 and has also performed with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Sinfonia Cymru and was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. She is currently the Senior Classical Percussion Lecturer at the Leeds College of Music.