The Delius Singers

The Delius Singers was founded in 2020 by their conductor Alexander Pott, who wanted to explore parts of the choral repertoire which tend to be ignored by groups that focus either on contemporary music or on early music. From the outset the idea has been to develop a distinctive sound which particularly suits music of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, allowing the group to bring a unique voice to some rarely-performed composers and to more popular works. Their programmes are diverse and engaging, and have explored rarely-performed works by Frederick Delius (after whom the group is named), Kenneth Leighton, Florent Schmitt, and Lili Boulanger, along with more familiar works by Johannes Brahms, Francis Poulenc, Benjamin Britten, and Gabriel Fauré.

The choir consists of about twenty singers and includes professional singers from London and Oxford alongside some of the finest student voices in Oxford University.  They currently perform three concerts per year in Oxford and undertake other exciting projects where possible. 

Find out about our upcoming events on our website or on our facebook page. Past concerts can be explored here.

Alexander Pott has held the position of Assistant Organist and Tutor to the Choristers at Magdalen College, Oxford since 2017. As well as playing the organ for services, broadcasts and tours with the choir of Magdalen College, he has a busy schedule as a conductor, teacher, and recitalist. He was educated at Oxford University with an organ scholarship at Christ Church Cathedral, during which he gained a Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists. Upon graduating he took up the organ scholarship at Westminster Cathedral from 2015-17. His teachers have included Margaret Phillips and Thomas Trotter (repertoire), David Maw (improvisation), and Jeremy Summerly (conducting).  He recently finished a three-year project to learn all of J S Bach’s organ works and have lessons with some of Europe’s best Bach experts, thanks to the generous funding of the W T Best Scholarship from the Worshipful Company of Musicians, and is a past recipient of the Flentrop Scholarship from the Eric Thompson Trust. Last year he was awarded a Masters degree with distinction in musicology at the University of Oxford, having focussed on the works of Frederick Delius.