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. Delia is the co-founder of the Aurora Percussion Duo and 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. Delia also 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 a Senior Lecturer in Percussion at the Leeds College of Music.
We are delighted to be welcoming Delia onto Olympias Music's Board of Trustees. As a trustee, Delia will work alongside existing trustees Jo Yee Cheung, Megan Thompson, Joe Markus and Helen Krizos to help steer and administer the charity over the coming years. We caught up with Delia to find out more:
Why is the OMF important?
OMF is important because they actually take real care to respond sensitively to the world around them by combining genuine expertise from professional musicians, artists and historians to create community-based art which is relevant to its cultural context and aims to uncover answers to the questions which aren't necessarily being asked elsewhere. They also find the nuances to uplift and celebrate through music despite working with people often in adverse circumstances. Their philosophy that music is for everyone and their very practical approach to strategise this from the foundation upwards as a tool for communication, integration and platforming new voices is certainly something to be championed.
Why are you excited to be an OMF trustee?
I am excited to be an OMF trustee because this is a team of people who truly care about what they have set up and are not afraid of putting in the hard work to realise their creative ambitions. They actively seek to listen, both to those in the profession and those who participate in their projects, in order to illicit the most meaningful form of facilitation and music making. Music is for sharing and to be able to express that which words cannot and it is an honour to be a part of that.
What do you hope to see from OMF this year/in the future?
I hope to see projects which are very participant led, flexible and socially responsive which plug gaps that other organisations are potentially missing.
For more information about Delia, visit her website - https://www.deliastevens.com/