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"percussion from Delia Stevens, whose thoughtful, insistent playing is crucial”
The Financial Times
"extraordinary..a joy to watch"
The Daily Telegraph
"first-rate musicians..exhilarating..there deserves to be a special mention for percussionist Delia Stevens"
Reversing and continuing the evolution of classical composers inspired by folk music
Award-winning, classical percussionist Delia Stevens joins forces with BBC Folk Musician of the Year triple-nominee, harmonica and melodeon player Will Pound, forging the minds of two future-facing visionaries of their respective genres.
In 2024 they are touring as concerto soloists with Sinfonia Cymru around Wales, reimagining Vaughan Williams and Holst with string orchestra after a climate change themed development residency. Will has been a guest artist with Delia's world-folk collective Kabantu on a UK tour and was commissioned during Delia's role as Artist-in-Residence at Leeds University to write for harmonica and percussion in response to scientific research around multi-scale modelling.
Delia Stevens is a percussionist: a pioneer of future-facing ideas with “burning chops and a cosmic imagination”.
2023 sees Delia as Co-Guest Director with Sinfonia Cymru and violinist Simmy Singh, reimagining Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons as a double concerto with improvised percussion for Sky Arts, presenting her own BBC Radio 3 Series: Music and Machines, touring China with the Aurora Percussion Duo and playing a local water dam in Hebden Bridge as a percussion instrument with wild swimmers.
In 2022 she was Artist-in-Residence at Leeds University, curating, performing and commissioning music around their science research.
Delia is an Associate Artist of the RNCM - where she won the Concerto Prize and Gold Medal Award - and has won the Royal Over-Seas League Award twice.
Delia has toured as a concerto soloist across Germany to the Royal Albert Hall as Guest Percussionist with the BBC Singers at the Proms; from TedX Talks (Sage Gateshead) to orchestral jams in Peckham’s Bold Tendencies Carpark; from recitals in Beijing’s Forbidden Concert Hall to the fields of Cambridge Folk Festival.