Delia Stevens (percussion)
Originally from Leicestershire, Delia began playing percussion at the age of ten, going onto study at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Graduating with a First Class Honours, her versatility as a musician has allowed her to appear as a soloist, chamber, session and orchestral musicians on platforms around the world.
As a teenager Delia reached the televised category finals of the BBC Young Musician of the Year twice in 2008 and 10 and then later won the RNCM Gold Medal and Concerto Competitions. This has since lead to several highlights including a world premiere live on Radio 3 in the BBC Proms, concertos with the Beethoven Academy Orchestra in the Krakow Proms and her Wigmore debut.
With a keen interest in chamber music, Delia is the co-founder of the Aurora Percussion Duo, winning the 2012 Royal Over-Seas League and Park Lane Group Competitions, subsequently performing in the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and Queen Elizabeth Hall. The duo has also performed at the Edinburgh Festival, BBC Radio 3 Late Junction and the Bridgewater Hall as well as touring the UK and China several times.
As an orchestral musician Delia has played with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, London Sinfonietta, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Hallé. She is currently an Extra for the BBC Philharmonic. Delia champions outreach work, particularly through Live Music Now, where she delivers interactive concerts to special needs audiences, as well as the elderly and in pupil referral units. She recently enjoyed a year’s residency on the Oncology Unit in Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
Delia plays in a range of eclectic ensembles, including Project Jam Sandwich, a world-folk-fusion collective: highlights include BBC Proms, Sage Gateshead, World on 3, BBC Free Thinking Festival and festivals across the UK from Celtic Connections to Greenbelt to Aldeburgh Music Festival. Delia plays with contemporary classical ensembles, including Another Contemporary Music Ensemble, Dark Inventions and House of Bedlam. Collaborations with pop artists include indie-band Daughter, Rae Morris, James, Gaz Coombes (Supergrass), Tim Burgess (New Order) and Cathal Mo Chroi (Chas Smash) from ‘Madness’ within the Joe Duddell Ensemble, performing at Festival No. 6 and Somerset House.
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