Delia Stevens is an award-winning percussionist who has achieved remarkable success in many fields.
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 (the highest platform offered to soloists) 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. In 2019 she gave a 5-date tour in Germany of Avner Dorman’s Concerto Frozen in Time.
As well as performing with the Aurora Percussion Duo, Delia is also the co-founder of the world music collective Kabantu who also won the £10,000 Royal Over-Seas League, have given their own TED-Talk and been broadcast multiple times on BBC Radio 3. Performance highlights include the BBC Proms, BBC Free Thinking Festival, Celtic Connections and Cambridge and Warwick Folk Festivals as well as features on CBeebies, World on 3 and invitations to Folk Alliance International in 2018. 2019 saw Kabantu collaborate with Manchester Camerata, Sinfonia Cymru, the BBC Singers and tour Switzerland as well as give over 50 concerts around the UK.
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. She is also a Senior Lecturer in Percussion at the Leeds College of Music and a Percussion Tutor for the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain.
She also enjoys the challenge of performing in contemporary classical ensembles including ‘Almost Credible Music', 'Dark Inventions' and 'House of Bedlam' and collaborations with pop artists including 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.