Digital Delius: Unlocking Digitised Music Manuscripts

Foyle Visitor and Learning Centre, The British Library
October 1, 2018 - 13:00 to 18:00

Foyle Visitor and Learning Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB

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  • Open to all

Join us at the British Library for the launch of a new digital exhibition showcasing the music of British-born composer Frederick Delius (1862–1934), including a live performance by the Villiers String Quartet.

Bringing together digitised sources including scores and sketches, early recordings, photographs, and concert programmes, the exhibition is complemented by expert commentary and interactive digital tools.

Researchers from the University of Oxford will present an overview of the AHRC-funded project. Daniel Grimley, Joanna Bullivant, Kevin Page and David Lewis will also describe how technology, built on standards such as the Music Encoding Initiative (MEI) and Linked Data, can enrich engagement with musical sources and give an insight into the creative process.

Then enjoy a performance by the Villiers String Quartet, revealing some of the practical implications of the project, plus an opportunity to experiment with the technology and discuss the project with the team

This event is free to attend but booking is required.

Register to attend the event here.

For enquiries please contact the British Library team: +44 (0)1937 546546 /


  • 1.30pm. Welcome

Introduction to ‘Discovering Music’ from British Library and Oxford project members.

  • 2pm Panel: ‘Online Curation for Digital Musicology: Delius’

‘Curating Delius digitally’, Daniel Grimley, Faculty of Music, University of Oxford
‘The Delius Digital Catalogue’, Joanna Bullivant, Faculty of Music, University of Oxford
‘Enhancing Delius manuscripts for web users’, David Lewis, University of Oxford e-Research Centre
‘From manuscripts to performance: a digital workshop’, Kevin Page, University of Oxford e-Research Centre

  • 3pm. Tea and Coffee

Attendees will have the opportunity to try out project digital resources on tablet and demo and talk to project members.

  • 3.30pm. The Villiers String Quartet in Conversation: Performing from Manuscript 

The Villiers Quartet in conversation with Professor Daniel Grimley, with a performance of the reconstructed original version of the  1916 Delius String Quartet.

  • 4.30pm. Drinks reception